COLCHESTER, Vt. — Five more members of the Vermont National Guard are headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help in the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes.

Sixteen Guard members have been in the Virgin Islands providing assistance since last week.

The team of five soldiers and airmen with a variety of medical backgrounds was leaving Friday night to join the others.

The Guard says they will be joining nurses, physician assistants, combat medics and a doctor already there to provide help.

Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, said Friday that “these types of missions are some of the most important work we do on behalf of our fellow citizens.”