Category: Military News

USVI Cannabis Group To Offer Cannabis Career Training, Scholarships

The USVI Cannabis Association says it will partner with Educapital Foundation to offer $1 Million in scholarships for Cannabis Career Training. A $1 Million Scholarship fund will provide scholarships for 1,000 students to receive training in the adult-use Cannabis industry. Each Scholarship award winner will receive $1,000 towards their education. In addition, 50 graduates will […]

CBP and Coast Guard Respond To Haitian Smuggling Venture That Resulted In 5 Deaths In Mona Island

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard and other law enforcement partners rescued 68 Haitian migrants Thursday after smugglers dropped them off near the shores of Mona Island. Five other Haitian migrants perished during the smuggling event. “Transnational criminal organizations continue to recklessly endanger the lives of individuals they smuggle for […]

USVI Women Get Lieutenant Commander Promotions In The U.S. Coast Guard

WASHINGTON — USVI aviators Ronaqua Russell and Rebekah Seifer were promoted to lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard announced this week. Seifer and Russell Coast Guard Academy classmates and are assigned to Coast Guard Air Stations Washington, D.C., and Air Station Miami, Florida, respectively. Russell graduated from the Coast Guard Academy […]

EXPECT A SCORCHER! NWS Warns of Heat Indices Above 100 Degrees!

SAN JUAN — The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will close out the month of July with heat indices above 100 degrees in several sectors, the National Weather Service said this morning. Expect another foggy day today due to Saharan dust blanketing St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Water Island. Use caution if […]

Coast Guard Takes 68 Haitian Survivors To Mayaguez After Deadly Illegal Voyage

SAN JUAN — Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier completed the transport of 68 Haitian survivors to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Friday, who were abandoned offshore of Mona Island by smugglers Thursday morning. Among the survivors, there are two minors.  Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine units also transported five deceased persons to the […]

Coast Guard Hands Off 36 Dominicans To A D.R. Navy Vessel

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated 36 Dominicans to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Friday, following the interdiction of two separate illegal voyages in Mona Passage waters near Puerto Rico. The interdictions are the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group CBIG. The […]

SOCIAL SECURITY: How To Update Your Address and Phone Number Online

If you receive Social Security benefits, the easiest way to update your address and phone number is by creating a personal my Social Security account at Once you create your account, you can update your contact information from your preferred location. This feature is available for people who receive retirement, dependent, survivors, or disability […]

Office of Health Information Technology Hosts Digital Health Summit

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Office of the Governor’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) hosted its first Digital Health Summit July 26-27 at the Charles Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas. The summit brought together more than 20 leading international and national health IT businesses, who sponsored the event and exhibited their solutions to attendees. Speakers […]

V.I. Office of Highway Safety Gives Intoximeter Training, Certification For VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety’s (VIOHS) Police Traffic Services Program provided Intoximeter Training and Certification for 14 members of the VIPD Traffic Investigative Bureau. The EC/IR II Intoximeter instrument that the VIPD Traffic Investigative Bureau uses during field sobriety testing measures the alcohol content of a person’s breath, especially in cases […]

5 Dead, 68 Haitians Rescued From Waters Near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — At least five Haitian migrants drowned and 68 others were rescued Thursday after a suspected human smuggling boat dropped the group off in waters near an uninhabited island west of Puerto Rico, officials said. The incident is the latest in a string of deadly voyages across the northern Caribbean carrying mostly Haitian […]