Distribution of household goods in Southeastern Texas



Video by Sgt. Tim Beery

128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment


Soldiers with the 949th BSB, Texas Army National Guard distribute household goods and food to residents of Orange County, Texas during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.


Photo By Sgt. Steve Johnson | Soldiers and Airmen from the Texas Military Department loading hay bales onto Chinook helicopters are joined by civilians in Hamshire, Texas, September 5, 2017. Texas Military Forces are using air assets to support local cattle ranchers protect their herds from starving, by air dropping hay bales to flooded areas.(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Steve Johnson/Released)



Story by Sgt. Steve Johnson

100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment


HAMSHIRE, Texas -- Soldiers and airmen from the Texas Military Department joined forces with civilians from the city of Hamshire, for “Operation Hay Drop,” Sept. 05, 2017. The goal of the operation was to feed the region's cattle that had been stranded by Hurricane Harvey related flooding.

The soldiers and airmen, along with CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Texas and Ohio National Guard units, local law enforcement, ranchers and farmers organized the operation as a way to ensure livestock across a five county area were fed. High floodwaters have made reaching the animals by land impossible for over a week. The operation targeted an estimated 10,000 animals across an area of over 50,000 acres.

This mission was a key part of ensuring that once the rescue missions wound down, the long term needs of Texas communities would be addressed. 
“It’s important for the Texas Military Department to use the assets we have on hand to help protect the livelihoods of people who have been impacted by the floods,” said Texas National Guard Maj. Alicia Schweitzer, 71st Troop Command. “This affects people’s lives from today to months down the road, if we don’t protect their livestock; their communities aren’t going to survive in the long run.”

Cattle ranches make up a significant part of the local economy in Hamshire. The benefits of the hay drop by Texas Military Department personnel were greatly appreciated by the residents of the small town that depend on it. 

“The cattle industry in this area is a $25 million dollar a year industry. Losing that type of dollar amount would be a tremendous hardship on the community,” said Tony Viator, a lieutenant with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, who was helping with the operation. 

With much of his jurisdiction still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, Viator was glad to have access to the resources Texas Military Department could bring to the region.

“We have a five-county area that due to the flood waters has approximately 10,000 head of cattle that are trapped on islands, unable to be fed and taken care of by their owners. We asked the Texas Army National Guard for help, and they have done an outstanding job, giving us everything we needed, from pilots, to logistics, ground support, and help loading the aircraft,” said Viator.

Before the operation ended for the day, Texas soldiers and airmen had loaded and air dropped approximately 1000 bales, and residents of Hamshire, like rancher Danny Drawhorn were thankful for the help in the wake of Harvey. 

“I have about 50 head of cattle in my pasture, probably about $100,000 worth of cattle, plus they’ve all got calves with them, “ said Drawhorn. “This part of the country is America's table-top and when we get 42 inches of rain like we did, it’s virtually impossible to get hay back there. This air-drop has just been tremendous for us. “

Hurricane Harvey



Video by Pfc. Joseph E Cannon

55th Combat Camera


U.S. Soldiers, 1-124th Cavalry Squadron, walk through the streets checking on the those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Orange, Texas, Sept. 6, 2017. Police and U.S. Soldiers work together with the focus of helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army video by Pfc. Joseph Cannon)

Singapore Air Force supports hurricane relief in Texas

Photo By Sgt. Michael Giles | Members of the 372nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conduct external sling load resupply operations with our international partners from the Republic of Singapore Air Force in support of Task Force Harvey, Aug. 30, 2017. This unique capability provided much needed forward distribution of food and water to Logistics Support Area (LSA) Brenham. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jerod Zuniga)



Story by Sgt. Michael Giles

100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment


CAMP MABRY, Texas—Airmen with Singapore’s Peace Prairie Detachment supported hurricane relief efforts by delivering supplies to Brenham, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2017, in support of Joint Task Force Harvey.

Thirty-four members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force in CH-47 Chinook helicopters coordinated with the Texas National Guard’s 372nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion to resupply Joint Task Force Harvey personnel with food and water. 

The contribution toward Harvey relief efforts reflects an ongoing partnership between Singapore and Texas, according to an Aug. 30 Singapore Ministry of Defence statement.

“This was a small gesture to express our appreciation and gratitude to the U.S., and in particular the State of Texas, which have been good hosts for our Peace Prairie Detachment,” said Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime

Texas has hosted Singapore’s Peace Prairie Detachment at the Grand Prairie Army Aviation Support Facility in Dallas since the detachment’s inauguration in May, 1996. In that time, they received training at the Joint Readiness Training Center and in Exercise Red Flag, and trained alongside Texas Guardsmen in large-scale emergency response exercises. They put this training to use as they coordinated with the Texas Guard in response to Hurricanes Katrina in 2005, fire and flood operations in Texas in 2000, and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

The Singaporean detachment has been fulfilling a crucial role in helping resupplying food and water to service members on the ground, said Lt. Col. John Crawson, commander of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Sustainment Brigade. 

“We have soldiers down in the joint operations area that are relying on our resupply,” Crawson said. “They’re relying on our MREs and bottled water. And when they begin to get very low on supplies, it’s very crucial that I get them there.”

Crawson said that sling load operations are necessary when flooding prevents effective ground travel. The Singaporean detachment is an ideal partner in these situations, because they frequently rehearse these capabilities with Texas Guardsmen during their annual training.

“We are extremely grateful for their support and we will continue to ask them to help us out,” Crawson said.

Hurricane Harvey



Video by Pfc. Joseph E Cannon

55th Combat Camera


U.S. Soldiers, 1-124th Cavalry Squadron, walk through the streets checking on the those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Orange, Texas, Sept. 6, 2017. Police and U.S. Soldiers work together with the focus of helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army video by Pfc. Joseph Cannon)

Spiritual support after the flood



Video by Senior Airman Renee Crugnale

147th Attack Wing (Texas Air National Guard)


Chaplain Mark Lassitter and Master Sgt. Jeff Boyd at the 147th Attack Wing spent the day visiting residents in the Houston area to support them in their recovery efforts. Homeowners are living in homes that are gutted and many have lost their possessions in the flood.




Video by Sgt. Daisy Broker

72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (36th ID, TXARNG)


Service Member’s from the Texas Army and Air National Guard set up a Medical Treatment Facility or MTF in the parking lot of the Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas, in Beaumont.

The hospital began transferring patients when the cities water supply was cut off. As a result,
hospital staff coordinated with Texas Emergency Services to bring in the Role 2 Medical Treatment Facility provided by Texas Military Forces. 

The MTF was able to treat well over 200 civilians from Beaumont and surrounding areas. Patients recieved services such as general first aid, prescription medications, ultrasounds, and X-ray capabilities. 

The hospital and Texas military forces brought care to the citizens of Beaumont when they needed it most.

Hurricane Harvey Relief



Video by Staff Sgt. Rion Ehrman

Air Force Public Affairs Agency


A Chemical Emergency Response Force Package comprised of Texas Air National Guard Airmen with the 149th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, and Texas National Guard Soldiers, Fort Worth, with the 949th Brigade Support Battalion combined to set up this field hospital in the parking lot of the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Beaumont as the hospital was only taking medical emergencies due to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. U.S. military assets supported FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force Video by SSgt Rion Ehrman)

1-143 Infantry Regiment, Airborne Battalion



Video by Spc. Austin Boucher

55th Combat Camera


U.S. Army Spc. Sergio Villarreal, 1-143 Infantry Regiment, Airborne Battalion, discuesses medical operations in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 3, 2017. Both the U.S. Military and civilian volunteers are working together to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Austin T. Boucher)