AR National Guard sending troops, aircraft to border

AR National Guard sending troops, aircraft to border

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas National Guard is preparing to send aircraft and troops to the U.S./Mexico border in the coming days to support operations being conducted by Border Patrol agents.

According to a news release, the Arkansas National Guard is sending two UH-72 Lakota helicopters and approximately 10 soldiers to the border.

The Border Patrol will remain the lead federal agency and the Arkansas Guard soldiers will fall under the control of the governor in the area of operation.

"Arkansans have always been quick to step up when our nation calls, and this is no different," Governor Asa Hutchinson said. "I informed Homeland Security last month that the Arkansas National Guard would provide border support if requested, which they have done."

The Arkansas National Guard soldiers will not perform law enforcement duties.

The soldiers will use their skills and equipment to enhance surveillance and reconnaissance abilities.

The Arkansas National Guard deployed troops to the border in June 2006 and July 2008 in support of Operation Jump Start, according to the news release.

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