Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the Missouri Army National Guard board a C-17 Globemaster III prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Sept. 24, 2017. Elements of the Missouri National Guard have been activated to support hurri... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the Missouri Army National Guard board a C-17 Globemaster III prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Sept. 24, 2017. Elements of the Missouri National Guard have been activated to support hurri... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the Missouri Army National Guard board a C-17 Globemaster III prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Sept. 24, 2017. Elements of the Missouri National Guard have been activated to support hurri... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the Missouri Army National Guard watch a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter get loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Sept. 24, 2017. Elements of the Missouri Natio... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the Missouri Army National Guard watch a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter get loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Sept. 24, 2017. Elements of the Missouri Natio... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Equipment is loaded onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing, based in St. Joseph, Mo., prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Sept. 23, 2017. Elemen... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the Missouri Army National Guard board a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing, based in St. Joseph, Mo., prior to being transported from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Island... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing, based in St. Joseph, Mo., taxis to transport Missouri Army National Guard equipment and personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Se... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Missouri Army National Guard to support Virgin Islands relief effort
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing, based in St. Joseph, Mo., taxis to transport Missouri Army National Guard equipment and personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Virgin Islands, Se... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Army National Guard has sent helicopters and crews to the Virgin Islands to assist with hurricane response efforts.

Gov. Eric Greitens, the state's commander-in-chief, signed an executive order mobilizing Guard forces to the islands, in accordance with an emergency management assistance compact, or EMAC.

The Guard sent four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and crews, consisting of about 30 Soldiers. The supporting units are C Company of the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Leonard Wood, and the 1-135th Assault Helicopter Battalion, based at Whiteman Air Force Base.

The Guard members are expected to face austere conditions when they get there. The Missouri National Guard constantly trains to serve at home and abroad, in all conditions, whether supporting civil authorities here or combatant commanders overseas.

While mobilized, the units are prepared for a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, aerial reconnaissance, and equipment and personnel transportation.

The mission is expected to last 30 days.

In addition to this Army Guard activation, the Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing, based at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, has been providing C-130 Hercules tactical airlift for several weeks in support of hurricane response efforts, including the Virgin Islands, and at locations in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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