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Soldiers From Fort Bragg Fly To St. Thomas To Give Medical Assistance Following The Devastation of Hurricane Irma

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Fort Bragg soldiers from the 44th Medical Brigade deployed to St. Thomas this morning to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.

“From the pictures I’ve seen, it’s [really damaged], but anything I can do to help and get them back to where they need to be so they can live life normally, I’ll do whatever I can to help them,” said Sgt. Dijion McEachin.

Fort Bragg’s 602nd Area Support Medical Company and 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion will be deployed to the region with 30 to 40 paratroopers leaving today.

Ten soldiers already deployed Tuesday to survey the area near St. Thomas’ only hospital, Schneider Regional Medical Center, which has sustained major damage.

St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island have all been without any electrical service for more than five days.

The soldiers will combat those conditions with local medical personnel to assist residents.

The company and battalion hope to complete several duties, including setting up triage, plus treating and evacuating patients. Treatment will include basic and emergency services.

Those deployed will also run a clinical lab, deliver packed red blood cells, and provide dental support.

In total, 80 soldiers will provide medical support and could be deployed for the next 30-60 days.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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