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Pentagon Sends Thousands of Troops to Gulf Coast

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Pentagon Sends Thousands of Troops to Gulf Coast

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Pentagon Sends Thousands of Troops to Gulf Coast

Pentagon Sends Thousands of Troops to Gulf Coast

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The military is rapidly ramping up its relief effort in states devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The military's commander of joint task force Katrina says the number of National Guard troops in the region will be increased to about 30,000 over the next few days.

Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita says a significant number of National Guard troops coming into the region will be military police to help maintain law and order.

The Navy, meanwhile, plans to send an aircraft carrier to the region to act as a command post for dozens of other Navy vessels assisting the relief operation. The Air Force is trying to clear runways to allow for the landing of heavy transport aircraft to help in the evacuation of New Orleans.

The Air Force also is sending in mobile hospitals and has deployed the first U-2 surveillance aircraft to collect imagery of Katrina's devastation.

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