Wisconsin National Guard sending troops to help Hurricane Irma victims

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Thousands of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers were called to report to Florida and help victims of Hurricane Irma.

144 National Guard Troops from the Second Battalion, 127th Infantry spent Tuesday morning packing up trucks at the National Guard Armory in Appleton.

This deployment is focused on lending help however it's need. From cleanup and rebuilding to medical assistance.

For many of these troops, this is the first time on a relief deployment. Their trucks were packed with food, medical supplies, and necessary belongings.

Many tell Action 2 News this is a new experience and they're ready for whatever this trip brings.

"I'm excited. This is what we trained for. This is why I joined the guard. So, I'm excited to go down there and help out," said Stephanie Siegert with 32nd Infantry.

The trip to Florida is expected to take three days.

We're also hearing late Tuesday morning from Oshkosh Firefighters saying Wisconsin Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue squad, is being sent back home.

The National Guard had just announced their 10-day deployment to Jacksonville on Monday.

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