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Unit deployed to Virgin Islands to help with Irma recovery

Unit deployed to Virgin Islands to help with Irma recoveryā€¯

Governor Chris Christie authorized 26 Security Forces Airmen from the 108th Wing, New Jersey National Guard, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.to leave September 14 for the Virgin Islands in support of relief efforts due to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The helicopters were loaded onto C17 Globemaster III and C130 Hercules aircraft from NY and Rhode Island at Joint Base Berry Field late Wednesday afternoon.

More than 400 Soldiers departed MI hometowns and National Guard armories across the state, on Monday, Sep.

Molnar's original six-year term with the 108th was close to expiring, so under the open doorway of a former airplane hangar, space and time were made for a brief swearing-in by Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General, New Jersey.

There are now 19,000 Army and Air National Guard members in support of Hurricane Irma either in Florida or in transit to the area. "Once again, the National Guard lives up to its motto, and is truly "Always Ready, Always There", stated Maj.

Approximately 425 Soldiers from 3 Battalion, 126 Infantry Regiment left four Michigan National Guard armories for Camp Grayling, Mich., the first leg of their trip, where they consolidated and packed equipment, includes more than 120 vehicles and trucks.

A Tennessee Army National Guard UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter becomes the cargo for a New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III.

Recovery efforts in the Virgin Islands have been ongoing since Hurricane Irma made landfall September 6, sustaining winds of 150 mph for over four hours. More than 29,000 Tennessee National Guard members have deployed since 9/11/01.



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