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Sailor Gets Presidential Call on Christmas

Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Vilma T. Rodriguez received a phone call from President Barack Obama on Christmas Day. Story

Kerry: U.S. to Provide More Storm Aid to Philippines

The United States is providing the Philippines with an additional $24.6 million in humanitarian aid to help on-going recovery efforts from last month's devastating typhoon, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said during a visit to Tacloban, Philippines. Story

U.S. Ambassador Thanks Troops for Aid to Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg visited sailors and Marines aboard the USS Germantown on Thanksgiving Day and thanked them for their role in assisting the people of the Philippines during Operation Damayan. Story

U.S. Marines Reduce Philippine Relief Operations

U.S. Marines supporting Joint Task Force 505 in Tacloban City are redeploying due to the decreasing demand for recovery efforts. Story

DOD Transitions to Next Phase of Aid in Philippines

The Department of Defense transitioned to the next phase of recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Story

Amphibious Ships Replace USS George Washington

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Joint Task Force 505 welcome the amphibious ships USS Ashland and USS Germantown in the concerted efforts to extend relief efforts to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Visayas, the Philippines. Story

USAID Offers Donation Tips to Aid the Philippines

The most effective way to support people affected by disasters, including Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines, is to provide monetary donations to relief and charitable organizations working directly with affected populations. Story

Sailor Returns to Help the Philippines

A handful of U.S. service members taking part in Operation Damayan were born in the Philippines, and one of them is recalling his journey toward entering the Navy. Story

Bilateral Team Assesses Remote Sites in Philippines

A bilateral assessment team reached remote areas near Leyte in the Philippines to assess the needs of people isolated by Typhoon Haiyan. Story

31st MEU Elements Arrive Near Tacloban, Philippines

About 900 Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit have arrived in the Philippines, near Tacloban, while about 100 additional 31st MEU Marines were scheduled to fly to the region. Story

Recovery Takes on Great Energy, Commander Says

The goal of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines engaged in areas of the Philippines devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan is to restore normalcy to people's lives, said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, the commander of the U.S. military task force contributing to the relief effort. Story

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