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3rd MEB to provide humanitarian assistance to Philippines

By Staff Sgt. Kenneth Lewis | Headquarters Marine Corps | November 11, 2013

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Marines load palletized equipment onto a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, during preparation for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council. Philippine officials will have a better idea of the damage and death toll in the coming days as transportation and communications systems are repaired. 
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released)

Marines load palletized equipment onto a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, during preparation for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council. Philippine officials will have a better idea of the damage and death toll in the coming days as transportation and communications systems are repaired. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey)


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Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, to depart for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. The initial focus of U.S. relief efforts includes surface maritime search and rescue (SAR), airborne maritime SAR, medium-heavy helicopter lift support, fixed-wing lift support and logistics enablers. The aircraft is with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marines are with III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released)

Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, to depart for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. The initial focus of U.S. relief efforts includes surface maritime search and rescue (SAR), airborne maritime SAR, medium-heavy helicopter lift support, fixed-wing lift support and logistics enablers. The aircraft is with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marines are with III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey)


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Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 10 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council. Since 1990, the U.S. Government has responded to more than 40 disasters in the Philippines at the request of that country’s government, ranging from volcanic eruptions, drought, and population displacement. MCAS Futenma is a mission ready air station capable of continuous aviation and base operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S., Allied, and United Nations forces during combat or contingency operations in the Western Pacific Theater of operations, to include U.S. Pacific Command, Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 10 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council. Since 1990, the U.S. Government has responded to more than 40 disasters in the Philippines at the request of that country’s government, ranging from volcanic eruptions, drought, and population displacement. MCAS Futenma is a mission ready air station capable of continuous aviation and base operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S., Allied, and United Nations forces during combat or contingency operations in the Western Pacific Theater of operations, to include U.S. Pacific Command, Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey)


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Marines load palletized equipment onto a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, during preparation for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council. Philippine officials will have a better idea of the damage and death toll in the coming days as transportation and communications systems are repaired. 
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released)

Marines load palletized equipment onto a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Nov. 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, during preparation for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council. Philippine officials will have a better idea of the damage and death toll in the coming days as transportation and communications systems are repaired. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey)


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OKINAWA, Japan -- At the request of the Government of the Philippines, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed U.S. Pacific Command to support U.S. Government humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations (HADR) operations in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Approximately 90 U.S. Marines and Sailors from 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3rd MEB) and two KC-130J Hercules aircraft from 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) departed Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Nov. 10 en route to the Philippines, according to Col. John M. Peck, chief of staff, 3rd MEB.

A forward command element (FCE) and humanitarian assistance survey team (HAST), led by Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy, the deputy commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) and the commanding general of the 3rd MEB, are deploying to the Philippines from Okinawa to provide an initial assessment on the support required. 

The initial focus of U.S. relief efforts includes surface maritime search and rescue (SAR), airborne maritime SAR, medium-heavy helicopter lift support, fixed-wing lift support and logistics enablers. This includes requests for the Marine Corps’ KC-130 cargo aircraft and MV-22 osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The MV-22 provides a unique capability and is ideal in this type of operation. With its vertical take-off and landing capabilities, it can operate in austere environments. Its ability to convert quickly to fixed-wing configuration gives it greatly increased speed and range over traditional rotary wing aircraft.

Super Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s national disaster risk reduction and management council (NDRRMC). Philippine officials will have a better idea of the damage and death toll in the coming days as transportation and communications systems are repaired.

Since 1990, the U.S. Government has responded to more than 40 disasters in the Philippines at the request of that country’s government, ranging from volcanic eruptions, drought, and population displacement.

To view the Typhoon Haiyan HADR photo album visit: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3mefpao/sets/72157637512259374/ 

For the YouTube video visit: http://youtu.be/95NljBGcZKc

Also visit the U.S. Embassy Manila Facebook page:

@usembassymanila
facebook.com/manila.usembassy
plus.google.com/+USEmbassyManila

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3 Comments


  • SPHINX 354 days ago
    I'll do what I can and take it as far as I can go. But I can do no more.

    If it were in America... GOD forbid... I'll have to take it to the ultimate limits of my abilities, capabilities and possibilities.

    This crisis in the Philippines could serve as a training exercise for all that I can do...and what I can NOT do...

    We'll see...
  • Efren Plaza 354 days ago
    I've been thinking about my buddies today for it is Veterans day. As i reminisce the good times i can't help but think about the military personnel that pass through or stationed in Quiuan Airfield. Quiuan Airfield is in Eastern Samar Philippines and just got hit by the strongest typhoon ever recorded.
    This area has a lot of US Military History, Macarthur Landing in Leyte and Battle of Samar to name a few. I'm from this area, I haven't heard from my dad and relatives for all means of communications are down.
    I thank the marines, our men and women and the American people for helping. I think those veterans stationed in Quiuan Airfield will be proud of our military today and I'm proud for the opportunity to serve in the US Air Force. Happy Veterans Day! Again thank you for your help!
  • Efren Plaza 354 days ago
    I've been thinking about my buddies today for it is Veterans day. As i reminisce the good times i can't help but think about the military personnel that pass through or stationed in Quiuan Airfield. Quiuan Airfield is in Eastern Samar Philippines and just got hit by the strongest typhoon ever recorded.
    This area has a lot of US Military History, Macarthur Landing in Leyte and Battle of Samar to name a few. I'm from this area, I haven't heard from my dad and relatives for all means of communications are down.
    I thank the marines, our men and women and the American people for helping. I think those veterans stationed in Quiuan Airfield will be proud of our military today and I'm proud for the opportunity to serve in the US Air Force. Happy Veterans Day! Again thank you for your help!

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