U.S. Soldiers assigned to the Puerto Rico National Guard, along with employees from the Aqueducts and Sewers Authority of Puerto Rico, distribute water for the communities of Utuado, Puerto Rico, Sept. 26, 2017. After the impact of Hurricane Maria, 2,175 service members, including the Puerto Rico National Guard, had been mobilized in the territory to support the efforts of the government in the reconstruction of the island.(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos)

Hurricane Maria formed in the Atlantic Ocean and affected islands in the Caribbean Sea, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. U.S. military assets supported FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts.