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Stewart guardsmen deploy to Virgin Islands

(Photo: 105th AW)

STEWART ANG BASE – Thirty airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Airport departed for St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands on Friday, October 6.  Their mission is to provide security at Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport on St. Croix as part of the National Guard response to the damage Hurricane Irma inflicted on the island.

The personnel were transported along with eight vehicles on a C-17 cargo aircraft assigned to the guard base.

The security force Airmen could be deployed for as long as 60 days.

The New York Army National Guard' 105th Military Police Company, a Buffalo-based unit, has been deployed to the Virgin Islands with 97 Soldiers since September 25.

A satellite communications system operated by the 105th Airlift Wing is also deployed in the Virgin Islands to support the Virgin Islands National Guard.

On Friday the New York Army National Guard also completed the deployment of the 442nd Military Police Company to Puerto Rico from Stewart Air National Guard Base. The final members of the company and four vehicles flew to Puerto Rico on board two C-130 transport planes.

The 442nd Military Police Company, a New York City-based unit, now has 130 Soldiers in Puerto Rico to assist in security and relief missions there. Members had been staying at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor while waiting to move to Puerto Rico.

The New York Army National Guard also has 60 Soldiers and four UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation conducting relief missions in Puerto Rico.


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