Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath and the U.S. Military (Marines Land at Breezy Point)

Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit step off a landing craft utility vehicle onto the shore of Breezy Point, a small coastal community in New York, Nov. 9, 2012. They and troops from other units are partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard to help the residents of New York City return to normalcy as soon as possible.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Levi Brown holds a pump hose in a flooded basement in Far Rockaway, N.Y., Nov. 8, 2012. Brown and other Marines pumped out the basements of public housing units as a step to regain electricity lost in Hurricane Sandy.

Marine Corps Pvt. 1st Class Alexander Johnson monitors the removal of water from homes flooded by Hurricane Sandy at Breezy Point, Queens, N.Y., Nov. 8, 2012. Johnson is assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Lejune, N.C.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Raymond Ortega helps push a large pump in Far Rockaway, N.Y., Nov. 8, 2012. Ortega and several other Marines pumped out the basements of public housing units to help residents regain electricity lost in Hurricane Sandy.

A Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter sling loads a power generator from LaGuardia Airport to a platform across a collapsed access bridge during Hurricane Sandy recovery operations in New York, Nov. 6, 2012. The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9.

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) is positioned near New York and New Jersey ready to support disaster relief efforts.

A sign by the entrance to Long Beach Island, N.J.,Nov. 6, 2012, thanks local first responders and the New Jersey National Guard for responding to the damage and flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

Army Sgt. Muy Thor inspects a large generator cable before installing it during Hurricane Sandy recovery operations in Carteret, N.J., Nov. 6, 2012. Thor is assigned to the 249th Engineer Company

Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 land on the New Jersey shoreline aboard an amphibious transport carrying construction vehicles. USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) are positioned in New York City harbor to provide relief support to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

A UH-1N Huey transports Marines assigned to 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit command element to conduct a humanitarian assistance survey of New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, Nov. 3, 2012. The Marines are assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467.

New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Thomas Moade carries food and water across a plank on Staten Island, N.Y., Nov. 2, 2012. The food and water was provided to people who needed assistance after Hurricane Sandy took down power lines and caused massive destruction to many homes in the area leaving families desperate for help.

New Jersey National Guard soldiers and local volunteers load a five-ton truck with supplies intended for residents of Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 5, 2012. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey National Guard is assisting volunteer organizations distribute food, water, and supplies to Hoboken residents.

Navy Seaman Brandon Vick, left, watches as Seaman Collyn Schagenhauff connects a steel cable from a medium tactical vehicle to a car during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 5, 2012. The sailors are assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11.

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There has been such an overwhelmingly speedy and robust response by our military to the Hurricane Sandy disaster that three articles documenting their response here at TMV — the latest, this one — have become too large and unwieldy for continued updates.

In addition, the nation’s attention for the next 48 hours — if not longer — will be focused on the presidential election, the results and the aftermath.

Well aware of this attention deficit and not wanting to shortchange our military of the coverage their selfless and commendable efforts deserve, this will be a “rolling,” continuously updated post relying mostly on images provided by the Department of Defense and the Military Services.

If past images are any indication, I know all future images will speak more than hundreds of words can as to the extent of the tragedy and as to how our military are responding.

Sailors prepare to pump out the lower levels of the World Trade Center in New York, Nov. 4, 2012. The sailors are assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2.

New York Army National Guardsmen distribute food, water and other supplies to civilians in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2012 U.S. Army photo by Spc. J.P. Lawrence

Three C-27J Spartans wait at the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio on Saturday, November 3, 2012 to upload mission critical equipment in support of disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy. Cargo planes from Maryland, Mississippi and Ohio National Guard units transported electrical generators to be used in the New York City area. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. David Speicher)

New York Army National Guard 204th Engineers clear trees that are blocking roads in Westchester and Rockland counties, New York, Nov 4, 2012. Hurricane Sandy caused the tree damage.

New York Army National Guard soldiers assist residents at Long Beach City Hall, N.J., for evacuation to shelters. Guard members are assisting throughout the flood-ravaged region. U.S. Army photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard

Soldiers and airmen with the New York National Guard distribute fuel to local residents at the Staten Island Armory in New York, Nov. 3, 2012. The fuel was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and distributed at various armories throughout the New York and northern New Jersey. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

A soldier assists a family displaced by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. The soldier is assigned to the New Jersey National Guard.

A soldier holds a child displaced by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. The soldier is assigned to the New Jersey National Guard.

         

Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

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  1. I just can’t even imagine where to begin on cleaning up a mess like that. I know it will get done, but wow.

  2. @slamfu:

    It is disastrous, but it will get cleaned up, it will be done, thanks to those military, thanks to people like Chris Christie (bless his Republican heart), Michael Bloomberg, the New York Governor and notwithstanding the cynics, the whiners and those who try to make political hay out of this tragedy — like the former New York mayor.

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