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DoD Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team Arrives in Nepal

From a U.S. Pacific Command News Release

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii, April 30, 2015 – U.S. Pacific Command continues to work closely with the U.S. Embassy in Nepal and U.S. Agency for International Development colleagues to determine how Pacom forces and assets can assist the government of Nepal in the aftermath of an April 25 earthquake that killed thousands of people and has affected millions more.

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Members of U.S. Agency for International Development and Los Angeles County search-and-rescue teams depart from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport jet in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015. The Air Force transported personnel, supplies and search-and-rescue dogs to help victims of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor Queen
  

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The U.S. military has transported members of the USAID disaster assistance response team and urban search and rescue teams to Nepal, as well as a joint humanitarian assistance survey team of about 20 people to support the response team.

Coordinating the Response

The joint survey team has arrived in Nepal and is led by Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Paul J. Kennedy, commander of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The survey team will help in coordinating the response to USAID/OFDA validated requests from the government of Nepal in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu.

"We stand with Nepal during this very difficult time, and are ready to assist the government here in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to those who so desperately need it," Kennedy said. "Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic event."

 

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