COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the state is sending a helicopter and about nine Army National Guard soldiers to Texas to help patrol the Mexican border.
- Soldiers to leave from Greenville as soon as next weekend
- Helicopter to be used for surveillance
- Additional soldiers are expected to leave in June
McMaster said members of the 2-151 Security and Support Aviation Battalion will leave Greenville for Texas around May 19.
The governor said in a statement the crew will have a South Carolina Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota helicopter that can be used for surveillance.
McMaster offered National Guard troops to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month.
McMaster said in a statement he expects to send an additional helicopter and crew to help with border security in June.