MANSFIELD -- About 100 members of the Ohio Army National Guard's 1486th Transportation Co. from Mansfield are being activated to assist with Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana, according to state officials.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday morning that 250 total soldiers with the 1486th, the 112th Transportation Battalion from North Canton and the 1485th Transportation Co. from Coshocton will be ordered into state active duty on Wednesday.
DeWine's decision came after a request for assistance from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana National Guard. The 1486th is based at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.
Stephanie Beougher, public information officer with the Ohio Adjutant General, said the Ohio units will convoy down to Louisiana with several dozen tractor-trailer rigs.
"Mission-wise, they won't know exactly what they will be doing until the arrive in Louisiana and are tasked," Beougher said. Soldiers will report to duty stations on Wednesday and will spend a few days there before leaving for Louisiana.
The total activation will be about three weeks, Beougher said, and the soldiers will provide general-purpose support during the relief mission.