Governor Jim Doyle has ordered 500 Wisconsin National Guard troops to Louisiana ... to help with rescue and cleanup from Hurricane Katrina.
About 50 troops will be going aboard three Huey helicopters equipped with rescue harnesses and usable as air ambulances, as well as two Blackhawk helicopters. The rest of the detachment will follow in about 100 trucks. Also in the mix will be an R-C-26 military airliner outfitted with night vision and infrared sensors to aid in finding people.
Guard Lieutenant Colonel Tim Donovan says troops got their calls to duty Wednesday evening. But he says the exact timing of their departure is being controlled by the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D-C, which stepped in to synchronize the arrival of military units so they can be used most effectively.
Doyle says the scope of the devastation is unprecedented, and Wisconsin will do whatever it can to help the rescue and recovery efforts.
Here are the units involved: Company A, 132nd Support Battalion from Janesville, with attachments in Waupaca and Eau Claire ... the 1157th Transportation Company from Oshkosh ... the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation from Madison ... the 832nd Medical Company from West Bend ... and the 64th Rear Operations Center from Monroe.