U.S. military officials in the Pacific are cranking up humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief missions to Southeast Asia after a powerful earthquake triggered a catastrophic tsunami along the coastlines of Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and other nations Sunday.
Roughly half of Yokota’s force commitment to Operation Unified Assistance, the U.S. military’s tsunami-relief campaign in South Asia, is back home.
For years to come, every time the logo for the U.S. military’s post-tsunami relief work is flashed on a screen, Lance Cpl. Michael DeVoe Jr. can remember his role in the effort.
Since the aircraft carrier arrived off Indonesia’s west coast Sunday, its 17 helicopters have flown nonstop, dawn-to-dusk relief missions to the tsunami-demolished area.
Striking images of disaster color the experience of servicemembers working in the aftermath of last week’s earthquake and deadly tsunamis in South Asia.
Loaded with boxes of food and medical supplies — one trip included team of Spanish aid workers — a fleet of C-130 Hercules cargo planes is continuing a 40-year tradition of moving medium loads of cargo into hostile, austere or devastated areas.