Briella TomassettiSep 11, 2017, 5:16 pm

National Guard volunteers take flight from MacArthur Airport to help Hurricane Irma victims

Aircrafts heading to Florida equipped with hoist to rescue, provide essential resources to victims

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The U.S. Army National Guard facility at the MacArthur Airport is sending dozens of volunteers down to Jacksonville, Florida to aid in Hurricane Irma support, recovery, and relief efforts.

Sergeant First Class Gregory Ganser has served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 23 years with three deployments overseas. This will be his very last mission before he retires.

"Anything we can do to bring somebody's spirits up that's on the ground who feels miserable because they lost a house or they're scared. If we offer any kind of consolidation to these people, any kind of relief effort, then we're doing our job," says Ganser.

Three of the four aircraft's going down to Florida are equipped with a hoist so that members of the U.S. Army National Guard can help with rescue missions.

They'll also be there to help with the basics: providing food, water, and medicine to victims.

This deployment comes shortly after hundreds of men and women from the U.S. Air National Guard's 106th wing airlifted people to safety in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and then in Puerto Rico and St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma.

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