Wisconsin National Guard deploys to Florida

Wisconsin National Guard deploys to Florida

Thousands of soldiers from the Wisconsin National Guard are on their way to Florida to help with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Troops from the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team will help with support efforts as the state recovers from the damage.

Molly Pace, a college student, is one of the more than 25,000 troops from the Wisconsin National Guard on their way to Florida. Florida will be her first deployment.

“Little nervous, but I’m mostly excited that I have the opportunity to go help people in need,” Pace said.

This is the first time since Hurricane Katrina the entire team has been deployed at the same time for one mission. The guard unit does not know what its specific assignment will be, however members said they are ready for anything.

“You have to adapt for whatever you get thrown into. So if you are pulling security, you have to be in that kind of mindset. If you are search and rescue or debris removal, whatever they need, that’s what you do,” said soldier, Terrence Bass.

This is Bass’ second deployment. Regardless of the mission, he says the motivation remains the same.

“I’m more than willing to go help them out. I would hope they would do the same if we were in that situation,” Bass said.

Troops started deploying Saturday. The infantry’s goal is to have everyone en route by Thursday. Troops are prepared to stay 60 days but said they will stay as long as they’re needed.