Illinois National Guard Sends Troops to Puerto Rico
Nov 5, 2017
Published Nov 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM | Updated at 8:52 AM CST on Nov 5, 2017
Around 150 Illinois Army National Guard service members were deployed to Puerto Rico Saturday to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The deployment came one month after Gov. Bruce Rauner sent a letter to the U.S. territory’s Gov. Ricardo Rosello to let him know Illinois would mobilize troops if necessary.
Puerto Rico requested the assistance and agreed to reimburse the state for all expenses, estimated at more than $948,000, Rauner’s office said in a release.
Soldiers from the 933rd Military Police Company were flown to Puerto Rico by the Illinois Air National Guard’s Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing and Scott Air Force-based 126th Air Refueling Wing, according to the release.
They will join 60 Airmen on the island in assisting with relief efforts by providing additional security, escorting convoys and conducting law enforcement patrols, officials said.