HONOLULU, Hawaii -- On Oct. 30, the 9th Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve mobilized approximately 300 Soldiers from Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Pacific area. It supports relief and recovery efforts following the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu in order to save lives and mitigate human suffering.
In concert and coordination with various federal, state, local, interagency, and nongovernmental organization partners, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are transporting Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross relief supplies and equipment to support their fellow citizens, assisting with debris clearance, and distributing commodities.
Additionally, the U.S. Army Reserve is providing its Saipan facilities as a staging area for relief operations.
Prior to the mobilization announcement, approximately 140 Army Reserve Soldiers volunteered to support relief operations as one of the first military assets on the ground to support the community in Saipan.
Over 500 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers currently reside and work in Guam, Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands.
"I am extremely proud of our Soldiers who, at a moment's notice, dropped what they were doing to provide help and support to their neighbors, families and community. We are the community. This is a great example of the joint force and interagency partnership making a difference in people's lives," said Brig. Gen. Doug Anderson, commanding general, 9th Mission Support Command.
Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu relief efforts.
The 9th MSC is the most ethnically diverse, geographically dispersed command in the U.S. Army Reserve, crossing seven times zones, two U.S. states, two U.S. territories, a commonwealth and two foreign countries. Soldiers of the command speak 29 languages.
Major subordinate commands include the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 658th Regional Support Group, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, U.S. Army Pacific-Support Unit, 3rd Mobilization Support Group, USAR Theater Support Group - Pacific, 4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade, 1984th US Army Hospital, the 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion, and the famed 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry.