Illinois National Guard helicopters move relief supplies

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) — The Soldiers and helicopters deployed in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts Sept. 13 are making an impact. The pilots, crew, and aircraft were staged in Tennessee originally but moved to Raleigh, North Carolina once the storm passed.

While in North Carolina the aircraft have transported both cargo and relief personnel. The CH-47 Chinook and crew transported 28,000 pounds of food, water, and relief supplies to a hospital in the disaster area Sept. 17. On the same day the UH-60 Blackhawk and crew transported 2,750 pounds of relief supplies to rural Jones County, North Carolina. On Tuesday, the Blackhawk crew is flying Red Cross responders into the disaster area.