More than 2,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops are heading to Florida to help in the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma. Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order 254 on September 8th, which authorized Wisconsin’s adjutant general to call Wisconsin National Guard troops to active duty to assist Florida. Their mission will be determined when they arrive in Florida, but may include rescuing people trapped by floodwaters, preventing injuries and protecting property.
The entire 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 1157th Transportation Company, members of the 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and other Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard elements were called to active duty and are reporting for duty and beginning to travel to Florida. The troops will remain in the region as long as they are needed to assist civil authorities.