CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – U.S. Pacific Command continues to work closely with the U.S. Embassy in Nepal and U.S. Agency for International Development colleagues to determine how USPACOM forces and assets can assist the Government of Nepal in the aftermath of this disaster. The U.S. military has transported members of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team and urban search and rescue teams to Nepal, as well as a Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team (HAST) of approximately 20 individuals in support of the USAID/OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). The Joint HAST has arrived in Nepal and is led by Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy, Commander of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based on Okinawa. The HAST will help coordinate the response to USAID/OFDA validated requests from the Government of Nepal in coordination with the Embassy in Kathmandu.
“We stand with Nepal during this very difficult time, and are ready to assist the government here in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to those who so desperately need it,” said Kennedy. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic event.”