The legendary U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Infantry Division, arguably the most highly trained light infantry division in the world, specializes in parachute assault operations into denied areas. They’re based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and are considered the most strategically mobile division in the entire U.S. Army.
They’re on their way to Florida now, to offer assistance on search and rescue operations after the devastating hurricane Irma.
Trump’s Pentagon gave the “go-ahead” to nearly 400 troops and more than 100 military vehicles to be deployed to Orlando, according to The Fayetteville Observer. They’ll “stand-by” in case Florida authorities seek help.
“Irma” has been the strongest Atlantic Hurricane ever recorded. Lt. Col. John Bucino of the 82nd Airborne, said they were notified on Saturday and were given the “prepare to deploy” on Sunday morning. Their main mission will be to distribute vital supplies to the victims.
Soldiers will not be armed during this mission. According to officials they will have authority to “save lives, alleviate human suffering and protect public safety.”