Some Iowa Guard airmen headed to Puerto Rico

Lloyd Doyle
September 26, 2017

CT sent a second cargo plane and seven more National Guardsmen to the Caribbean on Saturday to help with recovery efforts following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.

In total, there will be 24 security forces. The deploying personnel will be transported via KC-135R Stratotanker from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City.

The first crew of seven airmen departed on a C-130H cargo plane Friday to deliver supplies to St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.

"So my guess is they're really working hard in Puerto Rico to make sure that they can stabilize the territory in order to get the quickest, best response possible".

According to Col. Jim Walker, support was being provided under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), an agreement that offers assistance to all US states, territories and the District of Columbia during times of crisis.

"In 2005, we offered assistance following Hurricane Katrina", Walker said at an impromptu news conference Monday at the Sioux City base.

Col. Stephanie Samenus said the 185th received a request to assist in Puerto Rico on September 23.

Connecticut National Guard Commander Thaddeus J. Martin commended the National Guard on their readiness and that "They are ready to step up and help people in a time of need, because that is what we trained for".

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