Kentucky National Guard Soldiers to help in U.S. Virgin Islands

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Kentucky Air National Guard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Approximately 120 Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 940th Military Police Company are scheduled to depart Monday for the U.S. Virgin Islands where they will assist with support to civil authorities in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  A National Guard C-17 Globemaster is scheduled to load military vehicles, associated equipment and personnel before 9:00 A.M. at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base.

The Kentucky Guardsmen will serve under a joint National Guard task force when they reach the Virgin Islands.  The 940th MP CO Commander Capt. Jared Stakelin said when the company received the mission, MPs from other units all over the state volunteered to go.

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“We received a large contingent of volunteers from all over the 198th MP Battalion. These Soldiers are motivated to get down there and help the local law enforcement, Marines and other Guardsmen assist, protect and defend,” said Stakelin. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Irma and we wish to do everything we can to help them.”

The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 60 Soldiers from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade serving in various roles in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida. Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing have also been conducting search and rescue and airlift evacuations throughout the Caribbean.

The National Guard has mobilized more than 50,000 to support civil authorities across the country fighting wildfires and supporting hurricane relief efforts since August.