More Vermont Guard Members Flying to Virgin Islands for Hurricane Relief


Saturday morning more members of Vermont National Guard packed their bags and flew to the Virgin Islands to provide hurricane relief.

At the beginning of September members of the Vermont National Guard went down to Texas to help after Hurricane Harvey. Two weeks later, members set out for Saint Thomas after Hurricane Irma left devastating damage. Now, the Vermont Guard is sending yet another team to the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria came through.

Major General Steven Cray is the Adjutant General of Vermont. He said, “I’m incredibly proud of the airmen and the soldiers that are responding to the disasters in the islands and Puerto Rico.”

Cray said more than 20 soldiers with two black hawk medevac helicopters that are specifically made for search and rescue missions. Medics, pilots and mechanics are being deployed this time.

“It’s a commitment you know that the Guard, you know we train for it but you never knows what’s going to happen,” Cray said.

Cray said the Guard’s response has been heightened after recent hurricanes. With the support of Governor Phil Scott, this is the Guard’s third mobilization supporting hurricane relief.

“I think it’s really important for all of us to come to the aid of those who need us,” Gov. Scott said. “They were there for us during our time of need and we need to work together as a country and the rest of the world needs to work together for the common good.”

Cray said the soldiers are expected to be deployed for a month. 

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