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219th Red Horse Airmen Deployed This Morning

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Yesterday news broke of Airmen from the Montana Air National Guard were being deployed to Colorado to help bring relief to the areas that were most affected by the floods one month ago.  I was able to catch up with the group for a more extensive look into their mission.

Governor Steve Bullock stated "at the end of the day when a friend is in need we help them out."

That was the approach many had in mind when devastating floods ravaged populated areas of Colorado.  Governor Bullock though took action saying, "floods in Colorado were absolutely devastating.  When we got the call to ask some of our soldiers to come down to provide some assistance.  Just as I'd hope the Colorado Governor would do if I had to give a call we would want to make sure to help them out."

The help was deployed this morning at 6am in the 219th Red Horse Squadron of the Montana Air National Guard.  Major Todd Mortag stated, "we are sending 31 folks personnel down to Colorado to assist in flood relief efforts and we are actually in a state activation status which has been arranged and agreed upon between the Governor of Colorado, and the Governor of Montana."

The 31 deployed will have the task of repairing roads and opening areas that were cut off by the flooding with the goal of getting residents relief and back home.  They are excited for the opportunity.

Airman 1st Class Amanda Fisher stated "I'm pretty excited.  It's going to be great training, especially for someone who's as fresh as I am.  The level of training that we are going to get down there is unbelievable."

Airman 1st Class Clancy Mickelson "this is the first thing I've done with our unit and I'm looking forward to like I said applying my skills and abilities."

Mortag said on morale and excitement, "It's extremely high!  It's a pleasure working with these folks at the 219th Red Horse and they're really excited about going down to Colorado and just helping out fellow Americans."

The squadron is expected to be down in Colorado for 20 days in their mission which is being called Operation Sapper Fury.  They hope to accomplish the mission and bring the relief to the area and displaced victims.

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