Stewart National Guard members deploy to aid Puerto Rico following earthquakes

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ALBANY – The 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard at Stewart Airport will deploy 115 members to Puerto Rico to assist in emergency response efforts following a series of earthquakes that impacted the island recently.

Governor Cuomo, who led a delegation to the island this week, said the 105th AW based in the Town of Newburgh will be sending a Disaster Relief Bed-down System at the request of Puerto Rican emergency management officials.

The system consists of air-conditioned tents which can house 16 to 20 people each. The unit includes shower and latrine facilities, kitchen and self-help laundry machines, water purification capabilities and generators.

Each unit can support 150 people.

The wing will also dispatch 26 Air National Guard specialists who will set up the unit in southern Puerto Rico. A total of 15 airmen will remain on-site for up to 90 days to run the facilities.