Regional
5:07 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

NM National Guard Helping In Haiti

New Mexico – Six members of the New Mexico Air National Guard and a Reconnaissance Cargo-26B have left the state to help with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

A spokesman for the New Mexico Guard, Lt. Col. Jamison Herrera, says the aircraft will fly daily missions to provide real-time video to authorities who need information about such things as where roads are blocked or what areas might be used to put up hospitals.

Herrera says the flights also could show where people are gathered who need resources.

The National Guard Bureau and Southern Command chose the New Mexico Air National Guard to lead the reconnaissance mission.

Herrera says the aircraft will fly from the adjacent Dominican Republic, but another Air National Guard craft is based in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.