III MEF assesses flooding in Thailand

11/18/2011: III MEF assesses flooding in Thailand

Credit: Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installation Pacific:10/15/2011

  • The first photo shows a KC-130J Hercules aircraft assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, lifts off on the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, flight line Oct. 15. The KC-130J departed for Don Mueng, Thailand, with a 10-man Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team.The HAST will travel to the affected area which has sustained devastating flooding from monsoons, to conduct assessments and determine the required humanitarian assistance/ disaster relief support. III MEF regularly trains to respond to natural disasters during exercises held on Okinawa and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Marine Aerial Refuler Transport Squadron 152 is assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF.
  • The second photo shows a humanitarian assistance survey team consisting of 10 Marines, from III Marine Expeditionary Force, board a KC-130J Hercules assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, flight light Oct. 5.
  • The third photo shows Cpl. Robert J. Maurer, a combat cameraman with the humanitarian assistance survey team, loading his equipment into the back of a 8-passenger van on the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma flight line Oct. 15.

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