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24 Iowa Air Guard security troops draw Puerto Rico duty

The Iowa National Guard is sending 24 security troops to help civilian law enforcement in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from the blows of Hurricane Maria. (MGN Online)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa National Guard is sending 24 security troops to help civilian law enforcement in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from the blows of Hurricane Maria.

Col. Greg Hapgood says 16 members of the 132nd Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard will join eight members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing on a KC-135R Stratotanker being flown Monday from Sioux City to Des Moines before heading to Puerto Rico.

Hapgood says the Air Guardsmen will be in Puerto Rico for an indeterminate period and says their deployment is a result of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The compact is an agreement between all 50 states, two territories and the District of Columbia to aid one another in times of crisis.

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