Grand Forks Air Force Base takes part in Puerto Rico relief efforts

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Grand Forks Air Force Base became part of the far-ranging network of responses to storm devastation in Puerto Rico this past week.

According to an Air Force release, airmen at the base "weighed, manifested and loaded cargo" for South Dakota Army National Guard members last week ahead of their departure for the U.S. commonwealth.

An accompanying photo for the release shows Spc. Jorge Morales, a Puerto Rico native and a member of the South Dakota National Guard, holding a Puerto Rican flag out the driver's window of a large military vehicle at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The Caribbean island has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck on Sept. 20, with large numbers of people still without electricity and access to running water.

"We are proud to assist in the hurricane relief efforts by providing support to the South Dakota Army National Guard," Air Force Col. Michael Holliday said, according to the release.