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Jade Helm, Phase I: We win their trust!

This is a photograph of Texas National Guardsmen engineers helping some Texans in Granbury, Texas.

Engineers from the 111th Engineer Battalion, Texas Army National Guard, working with local first responders, rescue three people from a stalled vehicle stuck in a low water crossing May 26, 2015, near Granbury, Texas. Texas Guardsmen rescued more than 100 Texans in need during flooding across the state, mid-late May 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Max Perez/ Released)
Engineers from the 111th Engineer Battalion, Texas Army National Guard, working with local first responders, rescue three people from a stalled vehicle stuck in a low water crossing May 26, 2015, near Granbury, Texas. Texas Guardsmen rescued more than 100 Texans in need during flooding across the state, mid-late May 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Max Perez/ Released)

 

This is a photograph of Texas National Guardsmen engineers helping some Texans in Granbury, Texas. By such acts we will implant our operatives across the insurgent communities.

And while Texas is distracted by rains, the 4th ID is moving in on their flank.

 

This is a photograph of Texas National Guardsmen engineers helping some Texans in Granbury, Texas. By such acts we will implant our operatives across the insurgent communities.

And while Texas is distracted by rains, the 4th ID is moving in on their flank.

Meanwhile, there was some weird stuff going on at Fort Benning last night.

Max Perez/U.S. Army National Guard

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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