NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hundreds of Tennessee National Guard members are being deployed to help with the response to Hurricane Ian as it heads toward Florida, the state adjutant general said.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes said Gov. Bill Lee authorized deployment of about 1,200 soldiers and airmen.
“As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Ian, the Tennessee National Guard stands ready to support response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm,” Lee said in a news release.
Guard members will help the Florida National Guard with recovery and debris removal. Jackson’s 194th Engineer Brigade will be the Task Force Headquarters element, and units from both the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 230th Sustainment Command will be mobilizing specific units. Three helicopters with the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion will also assist, the guard said.
Airmen from the 164th Airlift Wing in Memphis, 118th Wing in Nashville, and the 134th Air Refueling Wing in Knoxville are headed to Florida, as well as volunteers from other Army and Air units across the state.
The other units currently deployed from Tennessee are:
- 194th Engineer Brigade in Jackson
- 230th Engineer Battalion in Trenton
- 212th Engineer Company in Paris
- 251st Military Police Company in Lexington
- 278th Regimental Support Squadron in Columbia
- 1175th Transportation Company in Tullahoma
- 30th Troop Command in Tullahoma
- 176th Combat Service Support Battalion in Johnson City
- 776th Maintenance Company in Elizabethton
- 253rd Military Police Company in Lenoir City
- 1176th Transportation Company in Jacksboro and Smyrna