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Reserve Marines supporting Harvey Relief Operations

By Capt. Andrew Chrestman, Marine Corps Forces Reserves

4th Reconnaissance Marines support rescue efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey
4th Reconnaissance Marines support rescue efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey
Division, Marine Forces Reserve and joint integrated agencies conduct search and rescue operations in order to evacuate civilians from their homes and life-threatening conditions in Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017. Marine Forces Reserve is providing Department of Defense support to FEMA, state and local response efforts due to Hurricane Harvey.
4th Reconnaissance Marines support rescue efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey
4th Reconnaissance Marines support rescue efforts in wake of Hurricane Harvey
Marines along with joint integrated agencies work together in order to reconstruct the U.S. Army 1078 A1 5-ton trucks in Katy, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017. All military services are providing or preparing to provide assistance in support of FEMA and U.S. Northern Command. Defense Support of Civil Authorities is the Department of Defense’s effort to bring personnel, skills, and equipment to support a FEMA-led disaster response. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Samantha Schwoch/Released)
Marines from various reserve units in Texas are supporting FEMA, state and local response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Currently, Charlie Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, based in Galveston, and Charlie Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, based in San Antonio, are conducting immediate response missions in support of the relief efforts. Both units fall under the command of 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. 

The remainder of Marine Forces Reserve assets – which include a number of different boats, aircraft and tactical vehicles – are awaiting tasking by U.S. Northern Command. The units are organized as a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF). The MAGTF is the Marine Corps’ principal organization for conducting missions across the range of military operations, including Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HADR) across the globe in which the Marine Corps has a great deal of expertise. 

The SPMAGTF is currently headquartered in Katy, Texas, but is poised to rapidly respond with air, ground and logistics assets throughout the hurricane’s affected areas if assistance is requested from U.S. Northern Command.

Media interested in covering Marine Forces Reserve operations should contact Capt. Andrew Chrestman at 504-697-8176. 

CONTACTS: Capt. Andrew Chrestman ● 504-697-8176 ● andrew.chrestman@usmc.mil After Hours ● 504-256-8172 ● mfrpao@usmc.mil

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