Kentucky National Guard Deploys Soldiers To The Border

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 14:58:58-04

FRANKFORT, Ky (LEX 18) The Kentucky National Guard announced Monday that five soldiers will be deployed to New Mexico for the Department of Homeland Security’s border security mission.

The Kentucky National Guard service members will provide support for aviation management operations to allow the Customs and Border Patrol personnel to put more law enforcement officers in the field, according to a press release from the Kentucky National Guard. 

"The Brigade has provided aviation support for both Operations Jump Start and Phalanx in years past and is prepared to provide the necessary aviation expertise to continue border missions today," said Col. Dwayne Lewis, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Commander. 

The troops will not perform law enforcement activities or interact with migrants or other individuals detained by DHS, the press release says.