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U.S. plays key role in Nicaraguan relief efforts

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua - A Marine Corps KC-130 offloads six pallets of beds donated by El Salvador in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, Sept. 16.  The Marine KC-130 is part of U.S. relief efforts in Nicaragua in the wake of Hurricane Felix.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Erika Yepsen)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua - A Marine Corps KC-130 offloads six pallets of beds donated by El Salvador in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, Sept. 16. The Marine KC-130 is part of U.S. relief efforts in Nicaragua in the wake of Hurricane Felix. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Erika Yepsen)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Army medic Spc. Jonathan Potter provides medical care to a local man who was injured by flying debris on the flightline here Sept. 15.  Specialist Potter is part of a team deployed from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras to provide relief in Nicaragua after Hurricane Felix.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Army medic Spc. Jonathan Potter provides medical care to a local man who was injured by flying debris on the flightline here Sept. 15. Specialist Potter is part of a team deployed from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras to provide relief in Nicaragua after Hurricane Felix. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Specialist Guadalupe Rodriguez and Sgt. Lisena Cruz move equipment to help set up a command and control center here Sept. 15.  Both women are deployed here from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras to help support Hurricane Felix relief operations.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Specialist Guadalupe Rodriguez and Sgt. Lisena Cruz move equipment to help set up a command and control center here Sept. 15. Both women are deployed here from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras to help support Hurricane Felix relief operations. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Members of Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras deployed here for Hurricane Felix relief operations unload equipment Sept. 15 that will establish a forward air refueling point.  Fuel is brought in by a Marine Corps KC-130 to fuel the two UH-60s that are carrying relief supplies to outlaying communities in the area.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Members of Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras deployed here for Hurricane Felix relief operations unload equipment Sept. 15 that will establish a forward air refueling point. Fuel is brought in by a Marine Corps KC-130 to fuel the two UH-60s that are carrying relief supplies to outlaying communities in the area. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua –  Aircrews from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras distribute relief supplies Sept. 15 in small communities along the coast near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Aircrews from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras distribute relief supplies Sept. 15 in small communities along the coast near Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua - Locals and U.S. State Department Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance help Air Force Maj. Jason Clark find coordinates for small communities on a map Sept. 16.  Aircrews and UH-60s from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras deployed here to distribute U.S. relief materials.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua - Locals and U.S. State Department Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance help Air Force Maj. Jason Clark find coordinates for small communities on a map Sept. 16. Aircrews and UH-60s from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras deployed here to distribute U.S. relief materials. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Spc. Lucas Gomez hands a box of food to a local man here Sept. 15.  Specialist Gomez is part of the 1-228th Aviation Battalion deployed to Nicaragua from Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, to provide relief after Hurricane Felix.  The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane.  (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua – Spc. Lucas Gomez hands a box of food to a local man here Sept. 15. Specialist Gomez is part of the 1-228th Aviation Battalion deployed to Nicaragua from Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, to provide relief after Hurricane Felix. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense are working together to bring food, water and other needed items to small communities on the Nicaraguan coast that were affected by the hurricane. (Army photo by Specialist Grant Vaught)

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua -- A team of U.S. servicemembers deployed here from Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras late last week and is continuing U.S. military support to international relief operations in Nicaragua in the wake of Hurricane Felix.

Since U.S. military support began Sept. 5, troops have delivered more than 300,000 pounds of U.S. aid.

In addition to the Joint Task Force-Bravo team, which deployed with two UH-60 helicopters, aircraft from Brazil, Spain, Honduras and Venezuela are buzzing the airstrip in Puerto Cabezas as they bring relief supplies in from Managua and out to further outlying areas in Nicaragua.

"Bringing relief to the Nicaraguan people is a team effort," said Maj. Jason Clark, the operations officer for the team deployed to Puerto Cabezas. "The U.S. team is the State Department's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Department of Defense, but there are also teams that are helping move supplies or donating supplies from Nicaragua, Venezuela, El Salvador and many other countries. We're all working together to help the Nicaraguan people recover from this tragedy."

A Marine Corps KC-130 has joined the JTF-B servicemembers' mission, transporting fuel to the task force's forward operating location here for the team's helicopters. Additionally, on Sunday the Marine Corps aircraft transported six pallets of donated beds from El Salvador to Puerto Cabezas.

"Disasters have different phases," said Ricardo Herrera, the team leader for OFDA in Puerto Cabezas. "The United States is involved in all the phases from the emergency, which is the first 72 hours, through the rebuilding phase."

In the first phase, the things people need most are food, water and shelter, said Mr. Herrera, noting that those items are the first that were distributed here by U.S. personnel. Working with the U.S. military personnel from JTF-Bravo, OFDA has managed to distribute nearly 25,000 pounds of food a day for the past three days.

U.S. military support to Felix relief efforts began Sept. 5, following a request for help from the government of Nicaragua.

U.S. Southern Command, in coordination with the U.S. State Department and USAID, directed the amphibious ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) and a disaster relief assessment team from Joint Task Force-Bravo to Puerto Cabezas -- the area on the northeast Nicaraguan coast where most of the U.S. aid efforts were based.

Helicopters embarked on Wasp and attached to Joint Task Force-Bravo, including CH-47 Chinooks, MH-53 Sea Dragons and SH-60 Seahawks, flew dozens of sorties over the weekend conducting search and rescue missions and transporting essential aid from Managua to Puerto Cabezas and other outlying communities. A U.S. Air Force C-130 also transported 25,000 pounds of USAID aid from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. on Sept. 8.

On Sept. 9, USS Samuel B. Roberts and its two embarked SH-60 Seahawk helicopters relieved Wasp and supported relief operations through Sept. 13.

U.S. Southern Command military planners continue to work with interagency partners and their counterparts in countries affected by Felix to assess recovery needs in the affected areas and identify additional U.S. military units that may be able to provide assistance.

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