Army, Guard playing role in recovery

Published 11:54 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As of Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Army (including Active Duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard) had more than 15,000 soldiers and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civilians involved in Hurricane Irma relief operations in the U.S., Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

As part of its relief efforts, the Army has 48 aircraft, more than 515 trucks, and more than 80 generators already committed to relief efforts. The Army has more than 100 aircraft, more than 80 generators, 150 boats, and 2,900 trucks on standby to support response efforts if called upon.

The response includes Army National Guard soldiers from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As well, National Guard units in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina are conducting routine inactive duty training, which they will utilize to prepare for a Hurricane Irma response, if required.