La National Guard sends support to Texas-Mexico border

Posted at 4:27 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 17:27:11-04

Following a request from the state of Texas and with the approval of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana National Guard says they have sent an aviation team to provide air support to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The LANG sent one LUH-72 Lakota helicopter with two pilots and one crew chief to assist the U.S. Border Patrol. The crews will provide air support along the Texas-Mexico border. The helicopters, according to a release, are equipped with a mission equipment package that includes an infrared camera for night time operations and camera recording capabilities.  

Officials say the request for support has been approved for an initial 90-day deployment.