WV Air National Guard team deploying to Puerto Rico

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- A communications team from the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing will be traveling to Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts, officials announced Thursday.

The team will be deploying Thursday as well as later in the week with the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC), a system tailored to support homeland defense and National Guard civil support missions. Officials say the team will “utilize the JISCC to provide non-secure voice, data, video, and radio interoperability with local, state and federal agencies working Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.”

“The West Virginia National Guard continues to lean forward to provide any kind of support we can to the people of Puerto Rico,” said Adjutant General Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer. “This team of highly skilled West Virginians will be a critical asset on the ground and will help to establish communications for first responders. The domestic response capabilities of the WVNG are far-reaching and multi-faceted and we pride ourselves on the ability to help our neighbors both near and far.”