Tennessee Guard Continues Hurricane Recovery Operations in Virgin Islands

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 | 8:30am

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Tennessee Army National Guard aviators are a key part of the combined hurricane recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Tennessee UH-60 Blackhawks and crews controlling Task Force Smokey have welcomed an additional four UH-60’s and thirty three personnel from the Missouri Army National Guard.  The Missouri detachment will take part in the ongoing mission of moving large numbers of troops and cargo over terrain unsuitable for ground vehicles.  

TF Smokey is providing aerial support of the POD’s (Points of Distribution for water and food).  They are also assisting the government of the Virgin Islands, FEMA and other agencies in assessing the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is an essential mission in determining the financial cost of rebuilding the island’s infrastructure.


Two Tenn. Army Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters perform sling load operations in the US Virgin Islands in support of relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Two Tenn. Army Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters perform sling load operations in the US Virgin Islands in support of relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  The helicopters belong to the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion stationed in Jackson and Nashville and have been providing aerial support, for nearly a month, to remote locations across the islands inaccessible by vehicle.