As hurricanes ravaged through the southern United States and Caribbean territories this year, the Tennessee National Guard was there. More than 475 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the state supported recovery operations in Florida in September. At the same time, nearly 230 more were supporting the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Tennessee National Guard began supporting hurricane recovery operations on August 29, after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. The 118th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, based in Nashville, Tenn., provided 12 Airmen to conduct damage assessment, as well as infrastructure and route analysis in the state before moving on to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma.
“After Irma hit Puerto Rico, we collected images from open source information and from Civil Air Patrol and other pilots flying over the damaged areas,” said Capt. Charles, 118th ISRG Intel Officer. “We were able to identify and prioritize critical need areas and where people may be stranded and in need of rescue.”