Springfield guardsmen to deploy to help during Hurricane Irma

1:43 p.m Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 Military
Col. Norman Poklar, of the Ohio Air National Guards 251st Cyber Engineering Installation Group and Capt. Craig Conner, of the 269th Combat Communications Squadron, point toward Joint Incident Site Communication Capability equipment that would be used in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Jeff Guerini/Staff

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.

WPAFB Puerto Rico delivery

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.

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