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Special tactics assists with flood relief

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Seven members of the wing's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron deployed across Louisville Aug. 4 to assist emergency-management officials with swift-water rescue operations after storms dumped a record six inches of rain on the city in less than two hours.

The Airmen were dispatched to multiple neighborhoods to rescue stranded residents and motorists trapped by rising flood waters, said Chief Master Sgt. Pat Malone, 123rd STS chief enlisted manager.

As it turned out, no one ultimately needed assistance, but Chief Malone was pleased by the unit's response nonetheless.

Kentucky Air Guard pararescuemen and combat controllers were out with Zodiac boats less than three hours after receiving the call for help from Metro Louisville officials.