Fort Bliss, an U.S. army post located in El Paso, stopped at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport on their way to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Ida.
Due to weather issues, they were forced to change their route and go south into Pleasanton.
Airport Manager JJ Roberts said he received a call around 6 p.m. on Monday and was happy to support the troops. The airport was approached by four Black Hawks and a Chinook helicopter.
“Knowing that we’re able to support the servicemen and women of our country is the most rewarding part for me,” Roberts said. “In our own little way, we’re also trying to do our part and help our fellow Americans in Louisiana.”
The Pleasanton Fire Department and H-E-B provided meals for the troops. They spent the night in Pleasanton before making one final stop in Fort Hood on their way to Louisiana. Lieutenant Colonel Jon Guinn said the airport was the most logical stop for them to make.
“We were getting towards the end of our day and we needed a place to stop for fuel and lodging overnight,” Colonel Guinn said. “So this airport with our flight made the most sense.”
Ahead of Hurricane Ida, Fort Bliss wants to help the people of Louisiana and provide medical support as needed.
“Our job really is to provide medical evacuation and heavy lift support to move supplies and people,” Guinn said. “We want to mitigate the suffering for the people of Louisiana, and in the Gulf Coast. Just to help make their recovery easier.”