8th TSC deploys for super typhoon relief

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
A select group of logistics experts from 8th TSC embark on a mission to the Philippines, Nov. 17, to assist in logistical and rescue operations in support of the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. (Photo courtesy 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

A select group of logistics experts from 8th TSC embark on a mission to the Philippines, Nov. 17, to assist in logistical and rescue operations in support of the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. (Photo courtesy 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command departed for the Philippines this week to assist in Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts.

Approximately 30 select logistics experts from TSC’s headquarters left Sunday, and troops from 18th Movement Control Team (MCT), 45th Sust. Brigade, departed Schofield Barracks, Tuesday.

The unit’s logistics experts are now filling key positions in Combined Joint Task Force (JTF) 505, the Department of Defense’s lead agency in the relief efforts, where they are coordinating the flow of supplies into and throughout the country. The 8th TSC Soldiers’ goal is to make a difference in the relief efforts by synchronizing and integrating logistics for all service components involved.

Upon arrival to the Philippines, the MCT troops will assist in the movement of personnel and materiel, like fuel and water, to designated areas and distribution locations. Soldiers with the 8th MCT also will assist where they can with the transportation of supplies and generally make life better for the citizens affected by the typhoon.

As of Monday, U.S. military assets have delivered more than 1,300,000 pounds of relief supplies and equipment provided by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the government of the Philippines. U.S. military aircraft have also moved more than 2,000 relief workers into Tacloban and have airlifted nearly 8,300 survivors from the affected areas.

The task force is led by 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force; the 8th TSC is part of the broader U.S. government effort to support the Philippines’ request for humanitarian assistance that involves coordination by the U.S. Department of State and USAID in constant consultation with Philippine authorities.

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