Wisconsin sends National Guard members to Virgin Islands for hurricane relief

Wisconsin sends National Guard members to Virgin Islands for hurricane relief

Two Wisconsin National Guard Black Hawk helicopters and crews are headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help with hurricane relief efforts, according to a release.

Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order Monday authorizing Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar to call elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty as necessary to help in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Approximately 19 soldiers deployed with the medevac aircraft, officials said.

The aircraft and crew, from units based in Madison and West Bend, will provide aerial medevac support, according to the release. The soldiers join a contingent of Airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard who deployed to Puerto Rico in late September and early October in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

A team of six airmen from the Madison-based 115th Fighter Wing’s Joint Incident Site Communications Capability deployed Sept. 23, followed by a team of 16 Airmen from the 115th and the Milwaukee-based 128th Air Refueling Wing with a mobile kitchen equipped to feed as many as 1,000 people in 90 minutes, officials said.

Approximately 650 Wisconsin National Guard troops recently returned from Florida where they provided relief, security and traffic control support to communities in the wake of Hurricane Irma, according to the release.

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