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CT National Guard Crews Heads To Help In Puerto Rico After Hurricane

A C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard departs Friday for Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.
A C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard departs Friday for Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. Photo Credit: State of Connecticut

The Connecticut National Guard is winging to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas to help with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Marie.

The State of Connecticut has deployed a C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.

The unit, which departed from Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby on Friday, includes C-130H pilots, crewmembers, loadmasters, and maintainers.

First, the crew will drop off supplies in St. Thomas, followed by a second supply drop-off in Puerto Rico. From there they will fly to Georgia, where they will stand by for potential follow-up missions.

“The Connecticut National Guard has proven to be an exemplary group of men and women who once again dropped everything at a moment’s notice to support those who live hundreds of miles away and are in need of assistance,” Malloy said. “Connecticut stands ready to assist our friends and neighbors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as they recover from the storm.”

The Connecticut National Guard has assisted with hurricane relief efforts in several situations over the past few weeks, including the deployment of personnel and equipment to Austin, Texas, in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and the deployment of two crews who assisted with Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Florida.

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