US troops saving the world

| September 13, 2017 | 6 Comments

Military Times reports that thousands of US troops are deployed to hurricane-ravaged areas in the wake of Irma;

The Army has positioned more than 16,700 soldiers as well as civilians from the Army Corps of Engineers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and continental United States to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

More than 150 boats, 3,400 trucks and 680 generators are in use or have been made available to governors of states and territories where the hurricane made landfall, Army spokesman Col. Patrick Seiber said in an email Sunday.

“Governors are best postured to determine the needs of their residents and establish response priorities, and are currently using Army National Guard soldiers to help meet those needs,” Seiber said.

Thousands of Marines and their amphibious vehicles are spread out in Florida.

The active duty Army is deployed to assist National Guard assets;

The 101st Airborne Division, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is positioning its helicopters to be used in search and rescue operations and resupply of food, water, medical supplies and other necessities the state may need.

The 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is overseeing the Army’s wheeled-vehicle effort, officials said. A convoy of about 100 high-water vehicles and nearly 400 soldiers are on their way from Fort Bragg to help locate and rescue people trapped by the flooding.

Eggs sends us a link to the news that his former Air Force unit is also assisting in South Florida;

Fresh off of a Hurricane Harvey deployment, Air Force reservists with the Brevard County-based 920th Rescue Wing are now flying HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters across South Florida, searching for stranded victims of Hurricane Irma.

The combat-search-and-rescue wing moved three Pave Hawks from Patrick Air Force Base to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Thursday, before Irma’s gusts began blasting the Sunshine State.

On Monday, after winds died down, citizen airmen flew Col. David Garfield, commander of the 482nd Fighter Wing, back to Homestead Air Reserve Base. Afterward, they flew a search-and-rescue mission in South Florida, said Maj. Cathleen Snow, 920th Rescue Wing spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, some of the troops are gearing up for deployments to the war against terror. You can quash their funding, but you can’t stop them from doing what they do.

Category: Air Force, Army News, Marine Corps

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  1. David says:

    A friend in Houston showed me picture Monday of him with David Letterman working with Habitat for Humanity. He said Letterman wanted no publicity or recognition, just wanted to contribute – and worked like a field hand all day. I’m not a fan of his, but I have to admit my opinion of him now is much higher than it was.

  2. IDC SARC says:

    Salute!

    America: Fukk Yeah!

  3. FatCircles0311 says:

    I’m sure the local strip joints are well secured.

    Semper Fi

  4. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Looks like there’s gonna be a shortage of Humanitarian Medals/ribbons at the uniform shops for a good while.

  5. some guy says:

    “The active duty Army is deployed to assist National Guard assets”
    Am I the only one who finds that weird? Normally it’s the other way around. 🙂
    BZ to all, regardless of component!

  6. Bill (a NIMBY/Banana) says:

    When the goin’ gets tough, the Tough———.

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