Maria: Vermont Militia deployed to Virgin Islands!

This is what hurricane Irma did to the only hospital on Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Vermont National Guard medical personnel deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands on 16 SEP 2017, originally to support Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, but now to help with Hurricane Maria recovery:

U.S. Army & Air Force medical personnel provide medical care to people on U.S. Virgin Islands

Maria: USN rescue ships fallback, Virgin Islands Militia preps again!

“You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die!”-Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico public safety commissioner

The U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) once again prepared for a second cat-5 hurricane, Maria.  This time Hurricane Maria skirted the northern islands with 144 kph (90 mph) winds, then aimed herself for a direct hit on Puerto Rico.

“We spent the last 48 hours coming up with a good bed-down plan for VING forces and any EMAC forces still on the ground…. ….We also are getting accountability of everybody, make sure we know where they’re sleeping, how they’re posturing and taking care of them, so right after the disaster, we can push into the community and start relief efforts.”-Major Ryan Barry, Virgin Islands National Guard, 19 SEP 2017

FEMA center based in the VING Joint Force Headquarters Drill Hall , 19 SEP 2017

Maria hit Puerto Rico as a cat-4 hurricane: “For Irma, we were very prepared. Unfortunately, of course, now we’re feeling a second storm in two weeks, and this one much more devastating than the first one. Who knows what the damage will be?”-Governor Ricardo Rosselló, 20 SEP 2017

Rescue ships sent by the U.S. Navy to Puerto Rico, to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, were forced back by Hurricane Maria.  The USNS William McLean, USS Kearsarge, Oak Hill and Wasp, and SS Wright will return to Puerto Rico (pronounce it correct folks, it’s P-where-toe Ree-co, not Por-toe Ree-co) as soon as it’s safe to do so:

Video of U.S. Navy & Marine Corps personnel regrouping aboard their ships, in preparation for return to Puerto Rico:



Harvey: Military reveals seven years of preparation!

“We have done exercises for the past seven years…..   ….in preparation for an event such as this.”  Official Defense Department video overview of Hurricane Harvey response, in which it was revealed that the federal government has been prepping for such natural disasters for the past seven years (under the Obama regime):

Maria: FEMA, National Guard, Coast Guard, et al prep for Puerto Rico!

Hurricane Maria smashed the tiny island of Dominica and steam rolling for already devastated Virgin Islands and the financially bankrupt U.S. territory of Puerto Rico!

While the U.S. government is deploying new rescue teams it is also temporarily halting current Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in the area due to Hurricane Maria.

Video, USAF’s 821st Contingency Response Group deploy from California to Florida in preparation for Hurricane Maria:

Video, U.S. Marines CH-53 Stallion leaving Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, 18 SEP 2017:

Video, FEMA, state National Guard and federal military rescue units deploy from Homestead, Florida, for Puerto Rico. The video was shot while Maria was cat 1:

Video, USS Kearsarge  evacuating non-rescue U.S. military personnel from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, 17 SEP 2017:

Video, U.S. Coast Guard preps to evacuate Hurricane Irma recovery crews from already devastated U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria:

Montana, Oregon & Washington National Guard deploy to fight wildfires!

“The western fires are not stopping. They’re just getting bigger.”-James Casaus, Incident Commander

“If we don’t start managing our forests, the forests are going to start managing us. The fires burning across Montana are a catastrophe, and we need all available resources to combat this threat.”-Steve Daines, senator for Montana

On 13 SEP 2017, Montana’s Air National Guard deployed to fight at least 21 wildfires in The Treasure State.

Montana has so far spent $50-million USD in state taxpayer funding fighting fires!

NBCMontana: Wildfire update, 14 SEP 2017

On 09 SEP 2017, the Oregon National Guard continued another round of firefighting training conducted by the state Department of Public Safety.  So far five groups of Oregon National Guard personnel have gone through the training.  Oregon has so far spent 28-million state taxpayer dollars fighting 18 wildfires.

U.S. Army personnel chow down after helping to fight fires in Oregon, 10 SEP 2017

So far, the U.S. Forest Service has spent a record 2.1-billion federal tax dollars fighting wildfires across the western United States!

Video, Washington National Guard firefighting ‘mop-up’ ops 09 SEP 2017:



Irma: Massive deployment to U.S. Virgin Islands!

U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard PoD operation 13 SEP 2017

The U.S. Virgin Islands has its own National Guard unit, but it’s not enough to deal with Irma.  They’ve been operating at least five Point of Distribution (PoD) centers for several days now, handing supplies to thousands of people in the U.S. territory.

Tennessee National Guard load their Blackhawk into a New York National Guard C-17, prior to deploying to U.S. Virgin Islands on 13 SEP 2017

National Guard units from Kentucky, New York and Tennessee have deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with federal agencies.

Kentucky National Guard Blackhawk, U.S. Virgin Islands, 08 SEP 2017

Video, Idaho’s Mountain Home AFB 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron deploying mobile air traffic control tower onboard South Carolina based 437th Airlift Wng C-17 Globemaster-3:

U.S. Marines deliver supplies, 10 SEP 2017

USN SeeBees clear routs, 13 SEP 2017

U.S. Postal Service delivers supplies to U.S. Marines 12 SEP 2017



Harvey: VET=Veterinary Emergency Team, helping animals is good for you!

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that these members of people’s families are well taken care of. We call it puppy therapy just because it makes us feel good. I actually had one soldier tell me that pets make him feel at home.”-Jennifer G. Gauntt, Texas A&M University VET

Animal care at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas, 09 SEP 2017

VET means Veterinary Emergency Team and National Guard personnel from dozens of states have been doing their part, and feeling the love in return: “It can be kind of therapeutic to Soldiers and people. It takes the heartbreak down, takes the blood pressure down.”-Debra L. Zoran, Small Animal Science professor at Texas A&M University

VET volunteers and National Guard personnel treat cows injured by the flood, 09 SEP 2017

Jefferson County, Texas, 07 SEP 2017

Video, Operation Hay Haul near Austin, Texas, 12 SEP 2017:

Near Port Arthur, Texas, 30 AUG 2017

Starving dog scarfs down MRE in Orange, Texas, 05 SEP 2017

Another dog rescue in Orange, Texas, 05 SEP 2017


Harvey: 3 weeks later Rescue Recons continue!

Air and Army National Guard units from dozens of states deployed to Texas to deal with the aftermath of Harvey.  Some units have returned home, some were shifted to Florida when Irma hit, but even now Harvey Rescue Recon operations are still ongoing in Texas.

Three weeks later property in Orange, Texas, still flooded. Pic taken on 10 SEP 2017

09 SEP 2017 Port Arthur, Texas, the Oklahoma National Guard distributed everything from water to cleaning products to generators

09 SEP 2017 residents of Holiday Beach, Texas, thank Oklahoma National Guard personnel for the help

Video report, Arkansas National Guard in Lumberton, Texas, 11 SEP 2017:

The Texas National Guard, along with civilian volunteers and municipal employees, operates warehouses where donations of supplies (that’s right, donations, not taxpayer funded stuff) are consolidated before distribution: “The amount of donations we receive is never consistent. Most nights we receive about two, but during the day we can receive anywhere from five to ten, sometimes even more.”-First Lieutenant Heather Seidl

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson’s academy used as aid distribution center in Port Arthur, 09 SEP 2017

Arkansas National Guard unload a semi-trailer filled with supplies for Kountze, Texas, 09 SEP 2017

Video, Brigadier General Patrick Hamilton explains ongoing National Guard rescue recon ops, 10 SEP 2017:

Onward Christian Soldiers? Texas Guard units, as well as civilian volunteers from Louisiana, used the First Baptist Church in Port Neches for Rest & Recovery

Texas National Guard about to recover a stuck Dodge Ram in Orange County, note the license plate

Rescue Recon mission Houston, Texas, 05 SEP 2017

Recovery of a beached oil drilling ship in the Aransas Pass near Corpus Christi, 04 SEP 2017