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Colo. National Guard deploys life-saving assets to aid Hurricane Harvey response

A truck and trailer are backed into a C-17 aircraft

Members of the 140th Medical Group's CERFP Team and 140th Logistics Squadron work together to fit two specialized medical trucks and trailers onto a C-17 aircraft from the New York Air National Guard. Forty-seven members of the Colorado Air National Guard's medical team are headed to Houston to care for the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Kinder Blacke)

Gen. David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, speaks with TSgt Adriana Jakupi, CERFP medic, 140th Medical Group, during his visit to Buckley Air Force Base May 25. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Gen. David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, speaks with TSgt Adriana Jakupi, CERFP medic, 140th Medical Group, during his visit to Buckley Air Force Base May 25. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Airmen work together to move pieces of a ramp, while a truck and trailer are backed into a C-17 aircraft behind them

Members of the 140th Medical Group's CERFP Team and 140th Logistics Squadron help assemble ramps in order to get two specialized medical trucks and trailers loaded onto a C-17 aircraft from the New York Air National Guard. Forty-seven members of the Colorado Air National Guard's medical team are headed to Houston to care for the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Kinder Blacke)

two trucks and trailers driving onto a C-17 aircraft

Members of the 140th Medical Group's CERFP Team load their specialized medical trucks and trailers into a C-17 aircraft that was flown in by the New York National Guard. They will provide emergency medical assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Kinder Blacke)

two trucks and trailers driving onto a C-17 aircraft

Members of the 140th Medical Group's CERFP Team load their specialized medical trucks and trailers into a C-17 aircraft that was flown in by the New York National Guard. They will provide emergency medical assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Kinder Blacke)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. --

Supporting a request from the State of Texas, Colorado National Guard members will provide medical and aviation assets to assist the Texas National Guard and civil authorities to save lives and relieve suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper, by executive order, authorized the use of National Guard forces through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a national mutual-aid partnership agreement that allows state-to state assistance during governor- or federally-declared emergencies.     

The Colorado Air National Guard will provide medical capabilities while the Colorado Army National Guard provides aviation support.     

“Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this unprecedented disaster," said the Adjutant General of Colorado Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh. “Our Soldiers and Airmen are trained and ready to assist the people of Texas.” 

The Colorado National Guard has additional capabilities ready for follow on requests from Texas while continuing to maintain homeland defense, overseas operations and civil support forces here in Colorado.