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Connecticut National Guard helps with recovery in Oklahoma

By Jennifer McDermott

Publication: theday.com

Published May 21. 2013 3:00PM   Updated May 21. 2013 3:53PM

Two pilots and a plane from the Connecticut National Guard took a team of guardsmen to Oklahoma on Tuesday to help with the recovery operations following Monday’s deadly tornado.

The National Guard Bureau Joint Enabling Team was in Columbia, S.C., and the C-21 transport aircraft and pilots from the 103rd Airlift Wing at Bradley Airport took them to Oklahoma Tuesday morning.

They team took critical communications equipment, including cell phones, satellite phones, laptops and printers, so the guardsmen can work at a joint operations center, collecting and disseminating information.

Additional aircraft and crew were ready at Bradley, should they be needed.

President Barack Obama declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Oklahoma and pledged federal resources for the area after one of the most destructive tornadoes in history hit the towns of Newcastle and Moore.

Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing went to Haiti in 2010 to support the earthquake relief effort.

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