Marines in the Philippines to Assist with Typhoon Haiyan Relief

A detachment of Marines and sailors in the Philippines are providing humanitarian assistance and disaster support in the wake of one of the most devastating typhoons on record.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed U.S. Pacific Command to provide manpower and assets at the request of the Philippines government following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines Nov. 8.

A forward command element and humanitarian assistance survey team also is deploying to the Philippines from Okinawa to provide an initial assessment on the support required. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy, deputy commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the commanding general of the 3rd MEB, will lead that team.


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