PORT HUENEME, Calif. - The California Air National Guard has joined the search and rescue efforts in Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Thousands of people have been rescued from rising storm waters, but more are still in need of help.
The 146th Airlift Wing at the Channel Islands Air National Guard base is providing air mobility transport during the crisis--moving rescue teams and supplies to flood zones.
On Monday, a C-130J Hercules aircraft and air crew from the 146th Airlift Wing flew from Ventura County to the 129th Rescue Wing at the Moffett Air National Guard Base in California.
Once there, 90 personnel, along with heavy equipment, boarded the plane and flew to the Houston area. Some of those transported are highly trained guardsmen called Pararescue Guardian Angels, who specialize in search and recovery during natural disasters.
Last month, two similar aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing, equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) joined the battle against the Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County, dropping phoscheck on the firelines.
After Monday's flight, the C-130J returned to the Channel Islands Air National Guard base. The pilot and crew are waiting for further orders for Harvey rescue efforts.