WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling 6,500 active duty troops to be ready in case there's an order for them to help with Hurricane Irene relief work.
Spokesman George Little says Panetta has issued a prepare-to-deploy order for the troops from all branches of the military if support relief efforts if required.
The request for the possible help came from states in the path of the storm.
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