October 17, 2017
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Maine Air Guard unit headed to the US Virgin Islands

By Associated Press, Special to the BDN
Updated:
Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Members of the South Portland-based 265th Combat Communications Squadron set up the satellite dish they use to provide communication and Internet access to the National Guard units at Chennault Air Field in Lake Charles, La. in a 2005 file photo.

PORTLAND, Maine — An Air National Guard unit from Maine is deploying to the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide critical communications to support the recovery efforts.

Seven Air National Guard members from the 265th Combat Communications Squadron mobilized late Thursday.

The 265th is tasked with establishing communications links for military, and if necessary, for civilian response authorities.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are reeling after back-to-back hurricanes. President Donald Trump said Friday that the islands were “flattened.”

The 265th has helped with hurricane relief before, including a deployment to Vermont after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

 


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