Top priority of the U.S. is protecting the lives and safety of those in areas affected by Hurricane
The U.S. Army, including Active Duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard, remains involved in, or prepared to support State, Territory, or other Federal Agencies such as FEMA, as part of Hurricane Maria relief operations. The top priority of the federal government is protecting the lives and safety of those in areas affected by Hurricane Maria. Joint Force Land Component Command (JFLCC) Commander is on the ground ready to transition recovery efforts from a maritime led operation to a land based operation. The JFLCC is working with FEMA to create unity of effort and synchronization with the FEMA and Department of Defense elements supporting recovery efforts.
Here are a few highlights as of 4 p.m. Eastern time, 29 September 2017:
• The current Total Army response for Hurricane Maria is more than 4900 Soldiers and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civilians in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
• The Army has 30 aircraft and more than 500 trucks committed to relief efforts.
• The 602d Area Support Medical Command 247th Composite Supply Company continue to treat sick and injured patients in the Virgin Islands.
• The Puerto Rico Army National Guard remains focused on re-establishing lines of communication and providing engineer support to clear routes in anticipation of humanitarian assistance missions.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is fully engaged in installing point generators across St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico to help provide electricity. They continue to provide oversight and management of the emergency power restoration and initial part of rebuilding the electrical grid in Puerto Rico.
• The U.S Army Reserve is providing the following support:
– The 597th Quartermaster Company located in San Juan, Puerto Rico are providing laundry and shower support following the passing of the hurricane and continue to support more than 100 evacuees.
– The 166th and 210th Regional Support Groups and 273rd Movement Control Team are transporting commodities, medical supplies, and fuel to distribution points throughout Puerto Rico.
– The 448th Engineer Battalion is conducting route clearance operations in the western region of Puerto Rico.