Mississippi National Guard helping with Haiti relief efforts

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Governor Haley Barbour said Thursday that Mississippi National Guard members are among those helping in America's response to the deadly earthquake in Haiti.

The Mississippi Air National Guard launched a C-17 Globemaster III and crew to pick up Department of Health and Human Services personnel and equipment in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The flight will then proceed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where the DHHS workers will provide aid in earthquake recovery efforts.

"I'm very proud of our National Guard, especially when they are involved on so many fronts," said Gov. Barbour, Commander in Chief of the National Guard. "They always step up to the plate when their services are needed, and their services are definitely needed right now in Haiti."

"When tragedy strikes, our Soldiers and Airmen always come to the front, regardless of the situation," said Maj. Gen. William L. Freeman, Jr., Adjutant General of Mississippi. "Our people and our assets will be standing by for any other recovery support that may be required."

The C-17s and crews are part of the 172nd Airlift Wing based at Thompson Field in Flowood. They also continue their medical evacuations flights into Iraq and Afghanistan.

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