ARKANSAS PROUD: Thanks to the Heroes from Arkansas Serving Hurricane Victims in Texas!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Over the past two weeks since first hurricane then Tropical Storm Harvey hit,  the Brazos county expo has become a de-facto stagging area for national guard troops assisting in relief and recovery efforts.

It's something that to some  has gone unoticed in this area.

The men and women of Task Force Aleutian, with the Arkansas National Guard.

375 soldiers  from across the state of Arkansas, who made the 12 hour drive gathered together in College Station.

"We're Americans. We're going to help out Americans when they're in need. It's what Americans do. It's what Arkansans do," Colonel Matt Rhees said.

The national guardsmen are the latest tenants at the Brazos Valley Expo center, which is now a stagging area for national gaurd Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

This batallion spent the last 4 days at the Brazos Valley Expo.

"This is our stagging area so we can prepare to go to Beaumont," Rhees said.

Using the down time to ready their gear and roughly 75 vehicles, while maybe even catching on some rest and hygience.

Even in  not traditional accommodations

"We had 300 plus people out here using four sinks.. and you know some people use it longer than others," said Prentis Grayson.

Like the hundreds of national guard who have used the expo center as a stagging area, these gaurdsmen are being fed by volunteers from College Station.

"On average we're feeding 4 to 600 meals a day," said Shanon Metzer, a volunteer. 

Metzer heard last week there were service members who needed food and mobilized her community to help calling in favors from friends and local restraurants.

"I knew we were good, I knew Aggies were good. I knew Texans were good but this, we've gone above and beyond," said Metzer

And as they prepare to move out, the battalion certainly is grateful

"The whole community found out we were here and swooped down on this place with food.  so, every soldier here is enjoying a lot of amazing food," Rhees said. 

Thanks to some local support the men and women of Task Force Aleutian are ready to take on Harvey.
 


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