Wisconsin National Guard troops loaded up and prepared to leave for Florida Monday. They will be helping with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
Troops at armories all over the state gathered their gear and loaded up.
In Oconomowoc, approximately 75 troops left late Monday afternoon. The troops were activated by Governor Scott Walker over the weekend.
The Oconomowoc troops consisted of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery Soldiers. They will help in any way they are needed once they arrive at a staging area in Northeast Florida.
More than 2,500 Guard troops statewide were activated to head to Florida. This is the first time since the 32nd Red Arrow Combat Brigade went to Iraq in 2009 that the entire group has been deployed.
They will remain in the region as long as needed. All of the Wisconsin troops requested thus far are expected to leave the state by Wednesday.