- Associated Press - Friday, May 11, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the state is sending a helicopter and about nine Army National Guard soldiers to Texas to help patrol the Mexican border.

McMaster said members of the 2-151 Security and Support Aviation Battalion will leave Greenville for Texas around May 19.

The governor said in a statement the crew will have a South Carolina Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota helicopter that can be used for surveillance.

McMaster offered National Guard troops to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last month.

McMaster said in a statement he expects to send an additional helicopter and crew to help with border security in June.

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