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Mansfield National Guard squadron to help hurricane victims

Mansfield's RED HORSE National Guard squadron will be helping hurricane victims. (WSYX/WTTE)

The airmen received the call around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

In less than 24 hours, they're already on their way to help out in the US Virgin Islands.

More than 20 Airmen from the 200th RED HORSE squadron left on a C-17 headed to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer.

"What were going to do is provide building life support system to the first responders, " said Captain Kevin Smalley. "We will help provide basic housing and life support systems such as tents, showers and latrines."

The airmen are also able to help provide clean drinking water for Irma victims.

The airmen have no idea how long will be gone. It will be anywhere from a few days to 30.

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