- Matt Sanctis Staff Writer
Six airmen from the 269th Combat Communications Squadron in Springfield are preparing to deploy to Puerto Rico to provide communication support for first responders and other government agencies in response to Hurricane Irma, according to information from the Ohio Air National Guard.
The storm, one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, hit the Caribbean Wednesday with winds recorded of up to 185 miles per hour.
The 269th Combat Communications Squadron has provided tactical communications support for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and more recently, the 2016 Republican National Convention. The squadron is capable of providing communication capabilities with mobile satellite, electricity, telephone and other services.