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Texas National Guard troops in El Paso ready to deploy to southeast Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas - UPDATE: Texas National Guard members in El Paso started deploying to southeast Texas Tuesday morning. 

ABC-7 was at the Armed Forces Reserve Center as uniformed service members made their way inside with their bags packed.

Captain Joseph Castruita said they were ready to go as soon as orders came down.

He said a majority of the service members are from El Paso and surrounding areas.

"Most importantly they're Texans ready to help fellow Texans," Castruita said

Governor Greg Abbott ordered the entire Texas National Guard to deploy to southeast Texas to assist with relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

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Governor Greg Abbott Monday announced the activation of the entire Texas National Guard, roughly 12,000 deployed guardsmen, to help in the wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey.

The Governor's office said the National Guardsman will assist in ongoing search and rescue efforts in addition to a massive recovery effort in the storm's aftermath.

"The Texas National Guard is working closely with FEMA and federal troops to respond urgently to the growing needs of Texans who have fallen victim to Hurricane Harvey, and the activation of the entire Guard will assist in the efforts already underway," Governor Abbott said in a news release.

"The men and women of the Texas National Guard are working around the clock to support all relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey," said Maj. Gen.  John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General. "We will remain here as long as we are needed."