Fort Bliss soldiers deploy to help with Hurricane Maria relief

Two dozen soldiers from Fort Bliss deployed Saturday night to Puerto Rico.

Two dozen soldiers from Fort Bliss left Saturday night to provide Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

"We have an opportunity to provide services and equipment to people and hopefully bring a smile and relief to their faces," Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian Umstead said.

The soldiers packed a C-5 Galaxy plane with food, water and supplies to bring to the island.

"We're all really energized and ready to get there so we can see what we're dealing with and start providing services as fast as we can," Umstead said.

The soldiers know it'll be a challenge, given the amount of damage in Puerto Rico.

"We're gong to do whatever they ask us to do, whenever we can, however we can," Captain Joshua Hagler said. "It's just going to be harder to get back to where we want to be."

The soldiers will be deployed for at least 30 days, depending on the need.

"We're expecting 30 to 60 days, but if they want us until next summer, we're there until next summer," Hagler said.

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