Kansas Air National Guard reinforces Texas responders

Staff Sgt. Luke Vanderpool, 161st Intelligence Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, uses commercial satellite imagery to find routes that are clear for first responders to travel through. Vanderpool was activated in response to Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that flooded Houston and the surrounding area in late August. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

WICHITA—Airmen assigned to the 184th Intelligence Wing reported to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Aug. 31, to assist in the ongoing relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas.

The Category 4 hurricane reached its full intensity right as it made landfall Aug. 25 near Rockport, Texas.

Four days of concentrated rainfall caused catastrophic flooding in the region, engulfing thousands of homes and causing massive evacuations. Continue reading