NH airmen deploying to Virgin Islands in support of Irma relief
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PORTSMOUTH — The New Hampshire National Guard is deploying airmen to the Virgin Islands in support of the Hurricane Irma relief effort.
The New Hampshire National Guard said seven airmen from the 157th Civil Engineers Squadron and one from the 260th Air Traffic Control Squadron are scheduled to deploy Friday, along with a Disaster Relief Bed Down Set that can house up to 150 people.
The N.H. guardsmen will join other Air National Guard engineer units equipped with additional Disaster Relief Bed Down Sets on their way to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Aerial picture of Disaster Relief Bed Down Sets
Officials said two other N.H. Air National Guardsmen are currently deployed in support of Irma relief efforts; Lt. Col. Phillip Plourde is in Tallahassee, Florida, working as a medical plans officer and Master Sgt. Brian Roberge is stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, in support of a crisis action team.
The Disaster Relief Bed Down Set kits are pre-positioned throughout the U.S. for disaster response, and two are stationed at Pease Air National Guard Base. Each kit provides billeting, power production, laundry services, and water distribution and purification services for responding personnel.