MN National Guard Provides Heavy Air Support to ND Floods
Today, the Minnesota National Guard helped our neighbors in North Dakota prepare for flooding.
According to the Minnesota National Guard, a St. Cloud-based CH-47F Chinook made the two-hour flight to Pembina, North Dakota to airlift a pair of high-volume pumps.
The Minnesota National Guard says the 10,000-pound pumps were “sling-loaded” under the helicopter and transported to Bourbanis Dam on the Red River. The Chinook has an external lift capacity of 26,000 lbs and a top speed of 180 mph.
The Minnesota National Guard operates six of the aircraft alongside 16 of the more common Blackhawk helicopters.
Col. Greg Fix told KSTP that the unit that completed today’s mission returned from a deployment in January, where it supported Operation Inherent Resolve.
Colonel Fix said that “this mission fits perfectly with our military task as an air movement”.
The Minnesota National Guard has previously assisted other states in multiple missions, including flood support in North Dakota and delivering hay to cattle in Nebraska during a major flood there.
Col. Fix thanked Soldiers’ family members and employers for their support when Guardsmen deploy in the community and overseas and added, “The Minnesota National Guard is always ready, always there, to support our neighbors if necessary.
Governor Tim Walz today signed an emergency executive order authorizing assistance following a request from the State of North Dakota.