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Sept. 30, 2017

DoD Accelerates Hurricane Relief, Response Efforts in Puerto Rico

The Defense Department is accelerating relief operations and additional response capacity to Puerto Rico to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's need for a commodities distribution network able to reach isolated communities and provide sustained medical support, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Sept. 30, 2017

Federal Emergency Response Working Smoothly, Puerto Rico’s Governor Says

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria’s devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way.

Sept. 29, 2017

Military in Puerto Rico Will Stay Until 'All Needs Are Met,' DoD Liaison Says

Military forces of all components are working closely with civilian authorities and are focused on fully meeting the needs of the Puerto Rican people, the joint force land component commander on the island said.

Sept. 28, 2017

Service Members Work With Puerto Rican, Federal Agencies to Help Island Recover

The Puerto Rican government is working closely with federal agencies, including the Defense Department, to recover from Hurricane Maria, a spokesperson for Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said.

Sept. 28, 2017

Fort Bragg Soldiers Assist St. Thomas Hurricane Relief Efforts

The 44th Medical Brigade is capable of rapid deployment with flexible teams and conducts Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations to assist civilian responders in saving lives, relieving human suffering and mitigating property damage in response to a catastrophic disaster as directed by the Defense Department.

Sept. 27, 2017

Northcom Protects Nation from Natural, Man-Made Threats, Commander Says

U.S. Northern Command is ready to defend the United States from threats or provide aid to local and state authorities at a moment's notice when called upon, the commander of Northcom said at the Women in Defense Conference.

Sept. 27, 2017

DoD Officials Provide Update on Hurricane Relief Efforts

A Defense Department spokesman said that in Puerto Rico, enhanced communications and completed assessments are providing a clearer picture of the extent of the storm damage and the magnitude of the response challenge.

Sept. 26, 2017

DoD, Partner Agencies Support Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief Efforts

The Defense Department and partner agencies are supporting ongoing assessment and response operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said.

Sept. 25, 2017

DoD Continues Round-the-Clock Support Following Hurricanes in Caribbean

The federal government's priority is continuing to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Sept. 25, 2017

Missouri Guardsmen to Support Virgin Islands Relief Effort

The Missouri Army National Guard has sent helicopters and crews to the Virgin Islands to assist with hurricane response efforts including search and rescue and aerial reconnaissance.

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