Soldiers from the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command headquarters at Fort Bragg have been sent to Puerto Rico to help speed up relief work on the storm-torn island, and more will go in coming days.
N.C. Guardsmen from the 105th Engineer Battalion "Task Force Rhino", headquartered in Raeford, will depart sometime this weekend, with the remainder of the unit deploying next week. The Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency is staging at Fort Bragg's Simmons Airfield ahead of their deployment to Puerto Rico. "As the people of Puerto Rico continue to rebuild, it will become increasingly important for organized, professional teams with critical expertise to help ensure cargo gets where it is most needed". Additional soldiers are scheduled to deploy soon, the release said.
North Carolina military also supported hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App " When our state was devastated with severe flooding during Hurricane Matthew past year, many states came to our assistance in our time of need", said Governor Cooper. "The rest of the Illinois National Guard is ready to assist the citizens of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands when and if we are called to do so".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Maria", said Brig.
They will help with clearing roads and reaching areas cut off from the storm as well as clearing debris and restoring infrastructure. Gen. Thad Martin, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard. Another seven guard members are in San Juan, Puerto Rico, "with specialized communications equipment to help re-establish communications".