National Guard soldiers and helicopters were deployed to Kuwait on Wednesday morning to help fight abroad, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The deployment is part of a total of 450 New York Army National Guard Soldiers to support U.S. troops in Kuwait announced earlier this month.
“These men and women have served New Yorkers well, including providing critical storm response during the last few years, and now they have answered the call to serve our nation overseas,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing them return home safe and sound.”
National Guard soldiers and equipment have been deployed before in response to events such as World Trade Center attack in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and missions in Honduras and Bosnia.
The soldiers and aircrafts are being sent to Ford Hood, Texas. The soldiers will train there in the fall before being deployed to Kuwait.
Members of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion will be deployed next. The 642nd Battalion has bases in Ronkonkoma, Rochester, and Dunkirk. Those soldiers will be deployed from New York on Oct. 4.