Dec. 29, 2017
Face of Defense: Soldier Deploys With Red Cross After Hometown Crisis
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. —
Army Sgt. 1st Class Rafael Ortiz, who has many relatives living in Puerto Rico, took leave to accompany a Red Cross team that provided humanitarian aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria's destruction across the island. He said the opportunity to make a difference in the place he calls home was a calling he could not ignore.
Dec. 11, 2017
Military Seeks to Learn Lessons of 2017 Hurricane Season
The most recent hurricane season was not unprecedented in terms of the number of storms, but it was unprecedented in terms of damage, the commander of U.S. Army North said in a recent interview.
Nov. 9, 2017
Army Corps of Engineers Builds Levee in Puerto Rico
YAUCO, Puerto Rico —
Within days, the Army Corps of Engineers can move a river. They proved this recently during an emergency levee construction project in Yauco, Puerto Rico.
Nov. 8, 2017
USNS Comfort Restocks to Continue Post-Hurricane Care
PUERTO RICO —
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort replenished its medical supplies, food and other necessities, by connecting with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn while underway off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Nov. 6, 2017
Night Work: Mechanics Keep Helos Flying in the Sunlight
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —
Army helicopter maintenance specialists have been working nonstop in Puerto Rico to maintain six CH-47 Chinook helicopters that deliver humanitarian supplies daily to some of the island's hardest-hit and most remote areas following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Oct. 26, 2017
Navy Ships Wasp, Oak Hill Departing From Hurricane Relief Duty
The Navy’s multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp and the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill are departing from Hurricanes Irma and Maria relief duty in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Face of Defense: Citizen-Soldier Helps Others in Dual Careers
COLUMBIA, S.C. —
Whether the situation is a child facing problems at home or in school, or a person who is displaced hundreds of miles from their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Army Maj. Karean Troy is ready to help. Troy is a patient administration officer in the Army Reserve and a full-time elementary school counselor.
Oct. 25, 2017
School Can Wait: Puerto Rico Guardsmen Postpone College to Serve
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —
Several Ohio Army National Guard members selflessly postponed their college studies to volunteer for deployment to Puerto Rico to help out with humanitarian aid and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Oct. 23, 2017
Airmen Work to Restore Radio Communications in Puerto Rico
PONCE, Puerto Rico —
Airmen of the 85th Engineering and Installation Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, are working at Cerro de Punta Mountain near Ponce, Puerto Rico, to repair radio communications infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Maria.
Face of Defense: Marine Heavy Equipment Operator Supports Relief Efforts
MELVILLE HALL, Dominica —
When he packed his bags to deploy in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 28-year-old Marine Corps Cpl. Michael A. Fleenor had no idea that he and his forklift driving skills would be playing such an important role in U.S. Southern Command’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria.