Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday authorized the deployment of state Army National Guard troops to protect the southern border wall, KSHB Local Kansas City reports.
The embattled Republican governor deployed soldiers and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to use during missions to aide the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission to protect the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Missourians are grateful to the President for recognizing the need to secure our borders. We are proud that Missouri troops will play a support role in guarding against terrorism, protecting Americans from cartel violence, and enforcing our immigration laws.”
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National Guard members will be in a support role, and not conducting law enforcement missions, the governor’s office said. The Missouri Guardsmen will provide aerial surveillance.
“This is a critical mission,” Greitens said in an emailed statement.
Four Missouri Army National Guard troops and a helicopter were sent to Arizona on Tuesday to help with border protection, the governor’s office said.
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The UH-72A is fitted with a night vision goggle-compatible glass cockpit with active matrix liquid crystal displays and a Meghas avionics suite supplied by Thales US. The cockpit displays include the Thales centralised vehicle and engine management display (VEMD). Army Technology
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