Sept. 14, 2008 —
FORT HOOD, Texas – Pilots and crew chiefs loaded up two CH-47F Chinook helicopters with food, water and supplies in an effort to lessen the strain caused by Hurricane Ike.
By mid-morning the twin-rotor helos from 2nd “Lobo” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry “Warrior” Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, took off from Hood Army Air Field, Fort Hood, Texas, headed towards Orange, Texas, and the surrounding areas to help citizens affected by Hurricane Ike.
“Today we are conducting rapid re-supply operations from Lufkin, Texas. We’re providing water and food support via the Chinook helicopter to the cities of Orange and Beaumont,” said Maj. Sean Huggins, the operations officer for the Lobos.
The Lobos will continue their re-supply mission throughout the day, he said.
“The 200 plus members of Task Force Lobos are prepared to execute missions in support of the citizens of Texas and Louisiana with Army helicopters ranging in capabilities from medium lift, medical evacuation, and VIP support,” said Huggins.
The Lobos will continue their support until no longer required, but until then they are ready at a moment’s notice, he said.
“Bottom line – if asked to go, we’re ready. Whatever request that comes along, we’re poised and ready to execute the mission,” said Huggins.
“Tomorrow we’ll be doing air movement of Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, his staff and other personnel,” said Huggins. “We’re transporting them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency joint field office as well as give them a look at the devastation area.”
USNORTHCOM is responsible for the coordination of all Active Duty military responding to FEMA and the State of Texas' requests for aid in the aftermath of Ike.