When natural disasters like hurricanes strike, the National Guard is often called in to help, and sometimes even troops from Fort Hood are deployed to help.
On Friday September 3, the soldiers of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and 61st Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Hood deployed to Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Ida relief efforts.
“They helped move our produce, water, ice and food around the affected areas of Terrebonne and the parish of Lafourche,” said BG Thomas C. Friloux. Louisiana National Guard Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “This is the area that was hit by the eye of the storm. The most devastated area and they were at the heart of it.
It was a welcome and much needed effort that helped the people of Louisiana and the Louisiana National Guard who are a bit understaffed at the moment.
“It was extremely instrumental. We have a large portion of our Louisiana National Guard that is deployed in Iraq and Syria. About 2,500 troops and that’s about a quarter of our guard.” said BG Friloux.
For their assistance, more than 150 soldiers have received the Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Medal and they could not be more honored.
“I didn’t do this just to get the medal or the recognition. It was just to help anyone in need, ”said CPL Davoin Davis. 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood.
“It’s a great honor to be able to help those who need it most,” said PFC Clayton Cooper, 3.rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood.
After seeing the devastation and hardship left in the wake of Hurricane Ida, they have a message for the people of Louisiana.
“We’re always here to help and will come back whenever you need it most,” said PFC Cooper.
“If I can, like in my spare time, I’ll see what else I can do to help,” said CPL Davis.
This dedication to their fellow Americans is why they received a medal and to show how grateful the State of Louisiana really is.
“Thank you from the bottom of the hearts of everyone in Louisiana. Thanks to the Troopers of 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the Cavaliers of 61st Quartermaster battalion, which I awarded yesterday, ”said BG Friloux.
Those who have deployed to assist with the relief efforts have helped fill the void left by the more than 2,500 Louisiana National Guardsmen currently serving overseas.