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'We'll Stay as Long as We're Needed,' Guard Chief Says in Kentucky

National Guard soldiers and airmen are working around the clock to support response efforts to catastrophic flooding that has claimed at least 28 lives and displaced hundreds of residents in eastern Kentucky.

Soldiers carry cases of bottled water to the open door of a parked helicopter.
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A Kentucky Army National Guard flight crew assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment aids in flood relief efforts in response to a declared state of emergency in eastern Kentucky, July 29, 2022. The unit’s mission includes supporting soldier movement, joint support transport, delivery of emergency supplies and surveying flooded areas looking for survivors.
Photo By: Army National Guard Sgt. Jesse Elbouab
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A raft sits in waters by a flooded building.
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Kentucky National Guardsmen assist in flood relief efforts in response to a declared state of emergency in eastern Kentucky.
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About 200 National Guard members have supported search and rescue, transportation and water and food distribution missions, with more on standby and additional units mustering to provide follow-on support.

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"We'll stay as long as we're needed," Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said during a July 31 visit to the state.

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