The Rising East: Disaster Relief An Integral Mission

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz

Within hours after an earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan in March 2011, U.S. Marines posted on the southwestern island of Okinawa were on their way to the devastated area to help rescue people and clear debris. Other U.S. forces soon followed.

Today, such disaster relief has become a regular task for the Marines and the other services, said Gen. James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During a visit to Hawaii last week, he nodded over his shoulder at the Pacific Ocean and said: “There is a mission out there.”

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