It was an honor to work with our U.S. Military this past week for NBC News, embedded with the Marines, National Guard and Navy. In this picture U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a U.S. Navy LCU, Landing Craft Utility 1654, to assist in support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Maria in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Sept. 25, 2017. A friend sent me this picture wondering if it was me! A very cool shot worthy of a post and explanation. The 26th MEU is supporting FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, and local authorities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with the combined goal of protecting the lives and safety of those in affected areas.
It's important to note that our military have been working non-stop through Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, pre and post hurricanes. They prep the areas before the hurricanes hit, ride the hurricanes out, and are first to go in and see what their going to be dealing with. They begin by clearing areas to establish communications and roadways. These men and women are the first responders and have been doing 12+ hour shifts of back breaking work for weeks. Tough tough dangerous work. Thank God for these folks and their service. And thank you all on the USS Kearsarge for your amazing hospitality. (U.S. Marine Corps photo and some of the written explanation by Lance Cpl. Alexis C. Schneider)