Dorian relief

Helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade "Air Cav" and soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade left Monday from Fort Hood to move closer to Hurricane Dorian's expected impact area.

Fort Hood soldiers have joined the Army’s team responding to Hurricane Dorian, according to Fort Hood officials.

“The 1st Cavalry Division is postured to respond,” said Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, 1st Cavalry Division spokesman.

The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade and 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade have deployed soldiers to set up to support U.S. Northern Command in their preparation for a FEMA-led response to Hurricane Dorian, according to Fort Hood officials.

The Air Cav deployed lift and medical evacuation aircraft (CH-47, UH-60, and HH-60 helicopters) to stage at Fort Rucker, Alabama, while the sustainment brigade has prepositioned soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to help coordinate potential relief and hurricane response operations, Brautigam said.

Both units will remain ready to work closely with U.S. Northern Command and the variety of federal, state and local agencies involved to support response operations where needed, he said.

“Given the storm’s changing path, the agility and responsiveness of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) forces, including the ability to rapidly move and sustain personnel and equipment, and, if needed, conduct search and rescue operations, is critically important,” according to a tweet from U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

Brautigam said: “Given the storm’s unpredictability and strength, the agility and responsiveness DoD forces bring is critically important.” | 254-501-7554