The four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinook helicopters deployed to Temple, Texas, for Hurricane Harvey relief operations have completed their mission. This was in close consultation with the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG). TXARNG State Aviation Officer, Colonel Ronald Burkett met the deployed RSAF personnel and thanked them for their contributions to the relief operations. He said, "On behalf of the Texas Army National Guard and thousands of Texans in our community, I thank you very much. Not just for your skilled aviation abilities, but also your willingness to deploy with us as quickly as you did".
During their nine-day deployment, the RSAF worked closely with the TXARNG to transport personnel and essential supplies such as food, water and equipment. The RSAF's Peace Prairie Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Howe Siong Sen said, "The regular bilateral training between the Peace Prairie Detachment and the Texas Army National Guard allowed the RSAF to support seamlessly and contribute meaningfully towards the disaster relief efforts."
The 34 RSAF personnel will be returning to their training detachment at Grand Prairie, Texas later tonight (SG Time).