Md. National Guard troops to help in US Virgin Islands for hurricane relief

This is a aerial view of St. Croix from Air Force 2, as Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-At Large, fly in to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  Pence is in the U.S. Virgin Islands to get an update on the recovery efforts after the islands were socked by Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Ken Thomas)
This is a aerial view of St. Croix from Air Force 2, as Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-At Large, fly in to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Pence is in the U.S. Virgin Islands to get an update on the recovery efforts after the islands were socked by Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Ken Thomas) (AP/Ken Thomas)
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 17:  Trees remain windblow and stripped of their leaves on Magens Bay Beach more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall September 17, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Irma slammed into the Leeward Islands on September 6 as a Category 5 storm, killing four and causing major damage on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images,)
Trees remain windblown and stripped of their leaves on Magens Bay Beach more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall Sept. 17, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Irma slammed into the Leeward Islands on Sept. 6 as a Category 5 storm, killing four and causing major damage on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images,) (Getty Images,/Chip Somodevilla)
A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.  The storm ravaged such lush resort islands as St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The storm ravaged such lush resort islands as St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (AP/Ricardo Arduengo)
Two Annapolis Police officers with family in the Caribbean have joined forces to organize a local hurricane relief effort to bring desperately needed supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Two Annapolis Police officers with family in the Caribbean have joined forces to organize a local hurricane relief effort to bring desperately needed supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence, fourth from left, surveys hurricane damage outside Holy Cross Episcopal Church in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The church suffered  extensive damage, including large holes in the roof. (AP Photo/Kenneth Thomas)
Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence, fourth from left, surveys hurricane damage outside Holy Cross Episcopal Church in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The church suffered extensive damage, including large holes in the roof. (AP Photo/Kenneth Thomas) (AP/Kenneth Thomas)
Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-At Large, wave after landing at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  (AP Photo/Ken Thomas)
Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-At Large, wave after landing at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Ken Thomas) (AP/Ken Thomas)
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This is a aerial view of St. Croix from Air Force 2, as Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-At Large, fly in to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  Pence is in the U.S. Virgin Islands to get an update on the recovery efforts after the islands were socked by Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Ken Thomas)
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 17:  Trees remain windblow and stripped of their leaves on Magens Bay Beach more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall September 17, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Irma slammed into the Leeward Islands on September 6 as a Category 5 storm, killing four and causing major damage on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images,)
A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.  The storm ravaged such lush resort islands as St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Two Annapolis Police officers with family in the Caribbean have joined forces to organize a local hurricane relief effort to bring desperately needed supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence, fourth from left, surveys hurricane damage outside Holy Cross Episcopal Church in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The church suffered  extensive damage, including large holes in the roof. (AP Photo/Kenneth Thomas)
Vice President Mike Pence, joined by his wife Karen Pence and Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-At Large, wave after landing at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  (AP Photo/Ken Thomas)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that 100 National Guard troops have been sent to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in hurricane relief and recovery efforts. 

The troops from the 200th Military Police Company from Catonsville, Maryland, will be deployed for up to 30 days and will be assisting law enforcement and in guarding infrastructure.

Last week, Hogan authorized members of the National Guard’s 729th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company to head to Puerto Rico, where they’ve been working on water purification efforts.

Referring to the recovery efforts in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hogan said, “These are American citizens that really need our help. A lot of folks were there for us when we were in a time of need, and we just think it’s the right thing to do.”

Hogan told reporters Monday that he knows both governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through their participation in the National Governors Association.

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