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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm with deadly flooding expected as troops remain in position to continue disaster relief missions. The Defense Department had troops and equipment already assisting authorities in the region that has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Chalk, cable and antenna technician from the 202d Engineering Installation Squadron (EIS), Georgia Air National Guard (ANG), evaluates data rack mounted communications equipment at Muñiz ANG Base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 19, 2018. The 202d EIS deployed to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Airlift Wing as part of the Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery efforts to spearhead a large-scale project relocating communications systems cabling and equipment to a new hardened facility. The total project will be a collaborative effort between ANG EIS units, military civil engineer teams, 156th Communications Flight, Defense Information Systems Agency and commercial service providers, meant to provide a cost-effective solution to bolster and protect the communication infrastructure for the 156th AW. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Ronald Cole)
Unit Assists Puerto Rico Base Recovery Story

Army 1st Lt. Carlos Fabre, volunteering with the Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration, inspects wire spool tags during a Layard inventory at Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Feb. 4, 2018. Fabre is a native of Puerto Rico and currently resides in the Yauco Municipality. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Robert DeDeaux
Army Committed to Restoring Puerto Rico's Power Story

Soldiers and sailors load water onto a Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter in Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 3, 2017. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.
Hurricane Responders to Receive Humanitarian Service Medal Story

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