Fort Bragg troops to help US Virgin Islands recover from Irma

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Dozens of service members from Fort Bragg are heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide medical care to those devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Eighty soldiers from Fort Bragg are deploying to Saint Thomas to provide medical care to Irma victims.

They're all part of the 602nd Area Support Medical Company, and they'll be supporting a local hospital in Saint Thomas that was destroyed by Irma.

The team is made up of surgeons, doctors and other medical professionals who say the biggest challenge with a deployment like this is not knowing what to expect.

"I think there could definitely be accidental injuries, especially as people are trying to dig out and prepare,” said Lt. Col. Kate Hinkle. “[What] I'm concerned about is potentially wounds, skin and soft tissue wounds and muscular skeletal injuries."

The medical company is expecting to stay in Saint Thomas for the next 30 to 60 days.