Local soldiers are helping remove debris and clear routes for supply deliveries in Hurricane Maria-devastated Puerto Rico.
Troops were told the mission could be 30-60 days, said Lt. Col. Cindi King, spokesperson for the National Guard.
South Carolina is sending about 150 Army National Guard soldiers from the 178th Combat Engineer Battalion in Rock Hill and another unit from Edgefield, King said. About half of the 150 are from armories in Rock Hill, Chester, Lancaster and Fort Mill, which are under the Rock Hill headquarters, King said.
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Puerto Rico, a United States territory with almost 3.5 million American citizens, was devastated by the storm. The units were chosen because of their engineering expertise and experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, during the 2016 devastation of Hurricane Matthew and other missions, King said.
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