06 Sep '17, 2pm

National Guard troops prep for action as Hurricane #Irma slams Caribbean:

National Guard troops prep for action as Hurricane #Irma slams Caribbean:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Hurricane Irma, a monster storm packing winds up to 185 mph, was hovering Wednesday over Caribbean islands as Florida National Guard members began preparing for a possible hit and residents began evacuating. Air and Army National Guard members have been mobilized in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which are in the path of the Category 5 storm. "As we prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, I want our Airmen, their families and our community to know the Puerto Rico Air National Guard stands ready and prepared. We are trained to deal with natural disasters when called upon by the Governor and follow his directives," said Col. Rayond Figueroa, commander of the 156th Airlift Wing. In Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott mobilized 100 Citizen-Soldiers and –Airmen, all 7,000 Guard members are to report for duty on Friday. Scott already declared a state of ...

Full article: http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1300259/nationa...

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