Harvey to Irma: Military troops provide supplies, support and relief

From one hurricane to another, military troops provide relief for victims of Mother Nature miles apart

By Military1 Staff

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it more flooding and destruction than anyone was prepare to handle.

Cue the military.

All five of the service branches—the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard—mobilized troops, equipment and supplies to assist in search and rescue efforts after the storm had passed, including helicopter rescues, boat patrols and coordination teams.

Hurricane Harvey


U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ernesto Luevano, with the 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company out of El Campo, Texas scouts the water depth as his unit makes there way to a flooded Orange, Texas neighborhood where they use their boats to search for people in need of help, Sept. 3, 2017. (Photo by Master Sgt. Joshua DeMotts/DVIDSHUB)
 


A unit with the 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company out of El Campo, Texas searches for flooded neighborhoods in Orange, Texas to patrol with their boats, Sept. 3, 2017. (Photo by Master Sgt. Joshua DeMotts/DVIDSHUB)
 


U.S. Army National Guard soldiers assigned to the 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company, El Campo, Texas, search flooded Beaumont, Texas neighborhoods, Sept. 3, 2017, for civilians after Hurricane Harvey.
 

It was all hands on deck in Texas, until Hurricane Irma showed up.

Swirling in the Atlantic, it was clear Irma was going to be just as devastating, if not more, than Harvey.

Once again, cue the military.

Troops were deactivated from Texas and redeployed to Florida in order to begin preparations for Irma’s wrath.

Hurricane Irma


Coast Guard and Air Force personnel offload supplies and gear from an Air Force HC-130 aircraft at Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-locka, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney/DoD)
 


An Air Force HC-130 aircraft prepares to take off at Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-locka, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney/DoD)
 


Soldiers inflate a zodiac boat that will be used in the rescue operation around the area near Orlando, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017. The soldiers are assigned to the Florida National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Emergency Response Force-Package. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Fleischmann/DoD)
 


Personnel from the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services and Urban Search and Rescue prepare equipment for Hurricane Irma response efforts at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Fleischmann/DoD)