Thousands of soldiers and airmen to deploy in preparation for Ike
Joshunda Sanders, Austin American Statesman
Several thousand active duty Texas Military Soldiers and Airmen will be deployed from the Bee Caves armory in Austin this morning to San Antonio in preparation for Hurricane Ike, the Texas Military Forces has announced.

Currently, Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall just north of South Padre Island.

Gov. Rick Perry has authorized state active duty deployment for up to 7,500 Texas Military Soldiers and Airmen, said Susan Ribeiro with the Texas Military Forces.

Ribeiro said that state preparations started Sunday. “This 2008 hurricane season has demonstrated that we have to be prepared at all times,” she said. “If you need us, we will be there.”

The Texas Military Forces is made up of Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Texas State Guard.