Air Guard sending cargo aircraft, airmen to Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

A C-130 aircraft is seen in a May 1, 2016, post as it heads down a runway in Peoria, Ill. On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2017, the Air Force said two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria were being sent to to Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


By THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER Published: September 29, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. (Tribune News Service) — The Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria is sending two aircraft and security personnel to support hurricane relief efforts.

Two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft delivered items to hurricane-ravaged St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday. One aircraft and crew is expected to return home before the weekend and the other will continue making deliveries throughout the weekend.

Additionally, the 182nd is preparing approximately 15 security personnel to support airfield security operations at Jose Aponte De La Torre Airport in Puerto Rico.

"Some of our dedicated Illinois National Guard airmen have been supporting the relief efforts in Puerto Rico since Saturday," said Maj. Gen. Richard J. Hayes Jr., the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard. "The rest of the Illinois National Guard is ready to assist the citizens of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands when and if we are called to do so."

An eight-member team from the Illinois Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing based at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville arrived in Puerto Rico Saturday. The 126th Communications Flight is operating a Joint Incident Site Communications Capability or JISCC, which is capable of providing 24-hour voice and data communication to both military and civilian response personnel.

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