National Guard returns from storm ravaged North Carolina

WINDSOR LOCKS  — Members of the Connecticut National Guard are being welcomed home after helping with hurricane relief efforts in North Carolina.

The 11 guardsmen, assigned to a UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, have spent more than a week in the state. They're scheduled to return to the Windsor Locks Readiness Center on Sunday.

Their missions have included bringing first responders and thousands of pounds of equipment and supplies into areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence.

They've also transported stranded civilians and their pets from towns isolated by flood waters and brought critical equipment to elder care facilities.

Major General Fran Evon is commander of the Connecticut National Guard. He says such missions are "what we train for" and "a major reason why many of us serve our state and nation."