Governor Rosselló mobilizes Puerto Rico National Guard to support the US Virgin Islands in security
(September 14, 2017 - Washington, DC) Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló authorized the mobilization of the First Battalion of the 65th Infantry Regiment of the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG) to state active duty in order to provide direct support to the US Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma, which devastated the infrastructure of the territory.
The decision was made after receiving a petition from the National Guard Bureau in Washington to support the Virgin Islands.
"We are responding to a petition that will provide a respite for our fellow citizens in the Virgin Islands," said the governor.
PRNG troops will be providing security and working directly on the distribution and handling of essential supplies arriving in the Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico Adjutant General, Brigadier General Isabelo Rivera, said that "our citizen-soldiers will be supporting the Virgin Islands National Guard, whose members have also suffered from the passage of this atmospheric phenomenon." "They will be involved in missions that will directly help in the recovery of the territory and its people," he added.
The First Battalion of the 65th Infantry Regiment is scheduled to begin missions in the Virgin Islands on Saturday, September 16.