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Another CT National Guard Crew Heads To Caribbean To Help After Hurricane

A C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard departed Saturday for Puerto Rico and  St. Croix.
A C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard departed Saturday for Puerto Rico and St. Croix. Photo Credit: State of Connecticut

Another cargo plane and seven more Connecticut National Guard airmen are heading to the Caribbean to offer assistance with recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria slammed the islands.

A second C-130H cargo plane and seven additional Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard departed Saturday, said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The unit, which departed from Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, includes C-130H pilots, crewmembers, loadmasters, and maintainers.

The crew is scheduled to deliver supplies to St. Croix and San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there they will fly to Georgia to stand by for possible follow-up missions.

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This is the second C-130H cargo plane and crew that the Connecticut National Guard has sent to the region to assist with Hurricane Maria efforts.

The first crew of seven Airmen departed on a C-130H cargo plane on Friday morning to deliver supplies to St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. From there, that crew will also station in Georgia to stand-by for potential follow-up missions.

“Once again, we have additional National Guard members who dropped everything at a moment’s notice to support those who live hundreds of miles away,” Malloy said. “We continue to be in contact with our federal counterparts and emergency management officials in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as recovery efforts continue."

He thanked the Connecticut National Guard for its "continued efforts in aiding our friends to the south.”

The Connecticut National Guard has assisted with hurricane relief efforts in several situations over the past few weeks, including the deployment of personnel and equipment to Austin, Texas, in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and the deployment of two crews who assisted with Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Florida.

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