Power mission in Puerto Rico set to be largest ever in US

By PATRICIA FONTANET RODRIGUEZ

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — After the mostdevastating hurricane in 89 years hit Puerto Rico, all 3.4 million residents were left without power. Though uncertainty remains as to what it will take to repair the electric grid, restoring power in Puerto Rico is quickly becoming the largest power mission to ever take place on U.S. soil, according to Lt. Col. Daniel Kent, commander of the249th Engineer Battalion, Prime Power.

The 249th Eng Bn is one of the teams in the power mission. The battalion is a versatile power generation battalion assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that provides large-scale power to military units and federal relief organizations during full-spectrum operations. When the Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned the power mission to USACE, the agency was quick to include the 249th Engineer Battalion in its efforts.

 

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