Iowa National Guard deploys to Puerto Rico- UPDATE
UPDATE: Weather has delayed Monday's deployment. Guard members will now deploy on Tuesday at 7 am.
ORIGINAL: Per request from Puerto Rico, 24 Iowa Air National Guard Security Forces personnel will deploy immediately to Puerto Rico to assist with security following devastating damage from Hurricane Maria.
Eight Security Forces personnel will be provided by the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Sioux City, and 16 Security Forces personnel will be provided by the 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines.
The deploying personnel will be transported via KC-135R Stratotanker from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City.
Support to Puerto Rico is provided under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (“EMAC”), an agreement executed previously between all 50 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, to assist one another in times of crisis.
EMAC is a national, mutual aid and partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during Governor-declared or federally-declared emergencies. Once the conditions for providing assistance to a requesting state have been set, the terms constitute a legally binding contractual agreement that make affected states responsible for reimbursement.