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.

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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.

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McMaster said in a statement he expects to send an additional helicopter and crew to help with border security in June.

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