Governor sending Greenville National Guard troops to the border

(File/ Fox Carolina)

Governor Henry McMaster announced Friday that the South Carolina Army National Guard will be sending troops to the Texas border to support President Donald Trump's efforts to secure the border.

McMaster said a UH-72A Lakota helicopter and approximately nine soldiers and crew are scheduled to leave for Operation Guardian Support next week.

The crew is headquartered at Donaldson Center in Greenville and are expected to arrive in Austin, TX on May 19.

"Our Soldiers are well-trained and experienced with this mission, as they have conducted border security support previously in 2012 and 2016 as well as with Operation Jump Start in 2007," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the adjutant general for South Carolina. "This mission is all about helping our neighbors, just as they helped us. We appreciate the continued strong support from the citizens of South Carolina and our elected officials. I know our Soldiers will do an outstanding job helping our neighbors in Texas."

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