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U.S. Northern Command is leading the Defense Department's disaster response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on the U.S. territory Sept. 20. DoD continues to synchronize efforts with the Puerto Rico National Guard and FEMA. Troops and equipment already were assisting authorities in the region, which has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.

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DoD Official Testifies at Senate Hearing on Federal Hurricane Response
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October 31, 2017 | 02:10:22
Robert G. Salesses, deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense integration and defense support of civil authorities, testifies on the U.S. government's response to the 2017 hurricane season during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Oct. 31, 2017.
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