By Mrs. Cherish T Gilmore (AMC)October 14, 2016
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Army Materiel Command officials deployed 20 personnel from its Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in support of Hurricane Matthew to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 7-11.
The team is working part of a joint task force assessing the damage to seaports and airfields in and around Port-Au-Prince.
"It would be far more difficult to bring in aid without AMC's presence on the ground," said Danny Bordeaux, AMC Chief of Operations.
AMC officials are ensuring ports and airfields are safe and secure prior to aid arriving from around the world. The support was requested by the U.S. Southern Command.
"AMC is doing nothing more than what it does in any typical worldwide operation from combat to humanitarian relief," said Bordeaux. "We are prepared for these things every day."
Along the Southeast region, AMC is able to provide support through its Logistics Readiness Centers located at Army posts around the country.
"Recently, the state of Georgia requested cots [sleeping material] from our Logistics Readiness Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia, to help with relief efforts," Bordeaux said.
AMC support ranges from the movement of equipment, purifying water, providing temporary structures and vehicles for relief efforts and contracting to name a few.
In the past, AMC has supported operations such as earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and the Ebola response efforts in Africa.