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300 Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers Mobilize Today to Support Typhoon Yutu Recovery

October 30, 2018, 11:20 AM HST
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Super Typhoon Yutu Relief Efforts, Photo by JoAnna Delfin, Joint Region Marianas

The 9th Mission Support Command, US Army Reserve today is mobilizing approximately 300 Soldiers from Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Soldiers based in the Pacific area.

The mobilization is effective Oct. 30, 2018 and supports relief and recovery efforts following the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu in order to save lives and mitigate human suffering.

In concert and coordination with various Federal, State, local, interagency and non-governmental organization partners, US Army Reserve Soldiers are transporting Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross relief supplies and equipment to support their fellow citizens, assisting with debris clearance, and distributing commodities.

Additionally, the US Army Reserve is providing its Saipan facilities as a staging area for relief operations.

Prior to the mobilization announcement, approximately 140 Army Reserve Soldiers volunteered to support relief operations as one of the first military assets on the ground to support the community in Saipan. Over 500 US Army Reserve Soldiers currently reside and work in Guam, Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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“I am extremely proud of our Soldiers who, at a moment’s notice, dropped what they were doing to provide help and support to their neighbors, families and community. We are the community. This is a great example of the joint force and interagency partnership making a difference in people’s lives,” said Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, commanding general, 9th Mission Support Command.

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Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu.

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