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National Disaster Response

News and information about Department of Defense Deployments and responses to National Disaters.

Armed Forces Retirement Home Residents Relocate
More than 450 retirees evacuated from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29. The retirees arrived to the sister facility in Washington D.C., on September 2, after a two-day bus ride from Gulfport, where Katrina left widespread, devastating damage along the Gulf Coast.

Bases Assess Damage; Keesler AFB Hardest Hit by Katrina
Military bases in the path of Hurricane Katrina and its resulting floodwaters were continuing to assess damage today while reaching out to affected servicemembers and their families to provide support. Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., appears to have received the heaviest damage after taking a direct hit from the Category 4 hurricane.

Coast Guard Rescue Operations Continue
More than 4,000 people have been rescued off of rooftops and flooded neighborhoods since rescue operations began Monday, and joint-agency rescue operations are continuing through the day and night. The Coast Guard’s primary focus along the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana coast will remain search and rescue as long as necessary.

Crews Comb the Coast for Survivors
U.S. Air Force search-and-rescue crews have been combing the Gulf Coast since the afternoon of Sept. 24, and the Air Force's auxiliary volunteer force continues to assist in aerial damage assessment, while a variety of other specialized units continue to meet the needs of the areas affected by Hurricane Rita.

Full Scale Relief Operations Continue
Military support for the Hurricane Katrina response focused today on continuing to evacuate people stranded along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast and getting food, water and medical care to the storm's victims.

Hotline Links Deployed Troops, Hurricane-Struck Families
With thousands of troops from the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast deployed thousands of miles from home and worried about their families, a program operated by the National Guard Bureau is providing a vital communication link and assurance that families are being taken care of.

Hurricane Hunters Fly Into Record Season
Despite being displaced and working out of a temporary home, the men and women of the Hurricane Hunters are flying missions to track Hurricane Wilma.

Hurricane Hunters Ready for 2006 Season
It was a quiet opening day of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron spent the day training and getting ready for what forecasters say will be another active season.

Joint Task Force Katrina Established
Joint Task Force Katrina set up on August 31, 2005 at Camp Shelby, Miss., as the Defense Department's focal point to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency's relief efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Katrina Relief Efforts Continue
A total of 70,916 troops are supporting disaster relief efforts in the area, NORTHCOM officials said. Of those, 20,800 are active duty and 50,116 are Army and Air National Guard. To date, military personnel have delivered more than 31.4 million liters of water, 78.5 million pounds of ice and 15.4 million individually packaged military rations to areas in Mississippi and Louisiana.

National Guard Fights Texas Wildfires
What started with a statewide disaster declaration by Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week has resulted in aviation and engineer support from the National Guard to help extinguish a number of wildfires.

National Guard Relief Operations in Texas
The South Texas State Fairgrounds is now the hub of relief operations for several Texas National Guard task forces organized to provide Hurricane Rita victims with humanitarian relief. The storm pounded the Louisiana-Texas border Sept. 24. Task forces Bowie, Crockett, Support, Aviation, Rescue and Neighbor have a combined strength of 1,500 soldiers and airmen from the Texas National Guard.

Navy Hospital Ship Will Head to Gulf Coast
The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), based here, was activated Aug. 31 in support of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts to provide medical support in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Navy Medical Teams Head for Gulf Coast
Eighty-four medical personnel from Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, Fla., boarded buses to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Sept. 1 to rendezvous with USS Bataan (LHD 5). From there, the ship will sail to New Orleans to provide urgently needed support to relief efforts for Gulf Coast residents impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

Security Duties Defined for National Guard Members
The National Guard troops reporting for duty in the Gulf region to help maintain security are trained professionals, many who serve as civilian law enforcement officers when not on military duty, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told reporters.

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