Members of the Nebraska National Guard are heading to the Caribbean to help with hurricane recovery efforts.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has deployed a 58-person National Guard headquarters unit to provide assistance to the ongoing hurricane recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A Nebraska Army National Guard communications specialist has been deployed to Puerto Rico to help with recovery efforts in wake of Hurricane Maria.
“Nebraska is eager to support our neighbors in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by sending our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to provide assistance where it is needed the most,” Gov. Ricketts said in a statement released by his office. “The men and women of our Nebraska National Guard continue to respond whenever and wherever they are needed. Nebraskans are grateful for the sacrifices made by our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.”
The Lincoln-based 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is expected to deploy to the island of St. Croix this weekend for an expected 30-day mission. While deployed, the unit, which also includes two members of the Nebraska Air National Guard, will be responsible for providing command and control of National Guard units operating on both St. Croix and St. Martin, according to the governor’s office. Both islands were hit hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The unit is expected to be based with the Virgin Island National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters. Duties will range from law enforcement to medical care.
The Nebraska Army National Guard communications specialist has already left for Puerto Rico to assist in increasing the communication network there.
“I am continually amazed by our Nebraska Soldiers and Airmen and their willingness to continue to volunteer to serve their fellow Americans during this time of extraordinary need,” said Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska Adjutant General in a written statement. “Just as in Texas and Florida several weeks ago, the assistance given by Nebraska Soldiers and Airmen will help make a difference in the lives of their fellow Americans who are still recovering from these devastating hurricanes. I am extremely thankful for their service, and the sacrifices of their families and employers that enable them to do these incredibly important missions.”