Photo via DoD

Air Force Maj. Kendall Dunn tightened his grip on the control wheel of the turbo-prop airplane as he thrust the bulky aircraft through then-Category 4 Hurricane Irma.

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(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Williams)

As Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Texas coastline, the state government is calling in the cavalry. The Texas Division of Emergency Management, the state government’s disaster planning and response agency, is mobilizing more than 700 members of the Texas Air and Army National Guards in addition to the Texas State Guard at Gov. Greg Abbott’s request. The Air Force Reserve has relocated several C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft to Fort Bliss from Lackland Air Force Base to avoid the path of the Category 2 hurricane, according to ABC News, active duty service members have been deployed throughout the state to assist in emergency relief.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

The U.S. Air Force’s Hurricane Hunters, based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, have spent, by conservative estimate, more than 100 hours inside Hurricane Matthew.

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