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National Guard Teams Stationed in Hope After Storm

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 08/28/20 8:33 AM


LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has ordered three Arkansas National Guard High Water Teams to state active duty to support Arkansas State Police Troop G based in Hope, along with Troops F and K, with local emergency response operations in anticipation of flooding in southwest Arkansas.

Two teams are stationed at the Hope armory and one team at the Texarkana armory.

Some flooding is anticipated to occur in southwest Arkansas due to rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Laura. Thirty-six Soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will staff three Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) and one High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) at each armory.

An LMTV is a 2.5-ton cargo truck that offers high ground clearance, allowing them to operate safely in up to four feet of water. Each LMTV can carry up to 15 people, which includes a 3-person operating crew.

The Arkansas National Guard assumes support roles to augment civil authorities, where needed and directed by the Governor, to help in a crisis.