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Guarding Texas 'til the cows come home

loading hay on a helicopter

Personnel with Army National Guard Company B, 3rd Batallion, 238th Regiment, Canton, Ohio, load bales of hay into two CH-47 Chinook helicopters before launching in search of livestock stranded by flood waters September 7, 2017, in Jefferson County, Texas. The 238th Aviation Regiment recently joined 40 other government agencies providing rescue and relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Cows on high ground.

Cattle on high ground were spotted by personnel aboard a CH-47 Chinook assigned to Ohio Army National Guard Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, from Canton, Ohio, September 7, 2017, near Beaumont in Jefferson County, Texas. The 238th Aviation Regiment delivered hay to stranded cattle while providing rescue and relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Dropping hay from a helicopter

Personnel aboard a CH-47 Chinook assigned to Ohio Army National Guard Company B, 3rd Batallion, 238th Aviation Regiment, from Canton, Ohio, drop bales of hay onto dry high ground September 7, 2017, near Beaumont in Jefferson County, Texas. The 238th Aviation Regiment delivered hay to stranded cattle while providing rescue and relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Cows in flood water

Hungry cattle wading into flood waters near high ground were spotted by personnel aboard a CH-47 Chinook assigned to Ohio Army National Guard Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, from Canton, Ohio, September 7, 2017, near Beaumont in Jefferson County, Texas. The 238th Aviation Regiment delivered hay to stranded cattle while providing rescue and relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

BEAUMONT, Texas --

When Hurricane Harvey invaded the Gulf Coast of Texas, Government agencies from 40 states converged to provide assistance. Although Harvey delivered America its worst natural disaster, it also provided the chance for some of America's bravest and brightest to shine through teamwork and ingenuity.

 

Army National Guard and Civil Air Patrol units steadily arrived from across the country to support the 147th Attack Wing, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston, local Civil Air Patrol, and other military units stationed at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

 

The additional manpower and equipment allowed missions to expand beyond rescues. The Army National Guard's Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, from Canton, Ohio, provided relief for another one of Texas' biggest populations... cattle.

 

238th personnel loaded dozens of bales of hay into two CH-47 Chinook helicopters before launching in search of livestock stranded by flood waters. Before long, they found cattle on islands of high ground near Beaumont in Jefferson County. The unit spent several hours each day delivering hay wherever needed as they continued their mission of disaster assistance to Texans... all Texans.