Nebraska National Guard

Chief Warrant Officer 1 Galin Kreifels, a helicopter pilot, waits to pick up passengers during Hurricane #Harvey relief operations Monday.

A 44-person medical team from the Nebraska National Guard will be deployed to Hurricane Harvey affected areas in east Texas, according to a release. 

Comprised of nurses, guardsmen trained in triage operations and other medical professionals, the team contributes to ongoing relief efforts from Nebraska.

As of Saturday, the Nebraska National Guard crews have rescued 310 people and 44 animals affected by the devastating hurricane, the release says.

"This is what we do as members of the Nebraska National Guard. We stand ready and able to assist to our neighbors during their times of need," said Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general.

Some Nebraska National Guard members have worked with Texas National Guard since July 1993 in a combined partnership with the Czech Republic and consider the Texas crews "great teammates," Bohac said.

Other Nebraska National Guard efforts including sending military helicopters, including a UH-60 Blackhawk, a CH-47 Chinook and a UH-72 Lakota.

The 44-person medical team will join 36 current Nebraska National Guard crew members currently working in relief efforts. 

Nebraska Task Force 1, a Lincoln-based, 80-member crew currently working out of Katy, Texas, remains in the area. By Friday, the task force assisted 1,500 evacuations.

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