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New Jersey Guard members headed to Florida ahead of Irma

Members served on front lines during Irene, Sandy

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey is deploying dozens of National Guard members to Florida to help provide emergency response support ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday that members of the 253rd Transportation Company, a Cape May-based squad outfitted with high-wheeled vehicles, will depart from their home armory in two stages. They are expected to arrive at Camp Blanding in central Florida as early as Friday.

"We are likely sending in excess of 100 soldiers to participate in this emergency response and rescue mission for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida, and beyond the numbers, these are highly experienced and trained men and women who served on the front lines during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy," Christie said. "Our thoughts, prayers and necessary available resources are with all of those in Florida who are bracing for impact."

Christie noted that the unit has participated in all major domestic operations in New Jersey, including the response to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.


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