A total of 600
American troops from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary
Brigade based in Okinawa, Japan are expected to
assist in the relief operations being conducted by
Philippine disaster officials in the
typhoon-ravaged towns of Infanta, Real and General
Nakar in Quezon.
Several aircraft are
expected to land at Clark Airfield, including
Templeton, brigade spokesperson, said the
remaining 350 Marines are expected to fly in by
Brig. Gen. Kenneth
Glueck, brigade commander, said what they are here
for is primarily to provide support in
transporting relief goods as well as heavy
equipment to the affected sites.
immediate support to the most affected areas...
immediate medical, food and other supplies that
are required to get them (victims) back on their
feet," Glueck said in a news briefing in Camp
Glueck met with
officials of the National Disaster Coordinating
Council (NDCC) to receive an assessment briefing
on the extent of damage and determine the areas
where the US choppers would be needed.
that security precautions have been taken into
consideration in venturing into Quezon province, a
known rebel-infested region.
"As always, US
military when it plans and deploys on a mission
(has a) security force protection (unit). The
well-being of our troops, our sailors, our airmen
is the number one concern and in any plan, any
program that we undertake, those considerations
are made and attended and provided," Williams
"We'll also be
working again with the Armed Forces of the
Philippines who is providing force protection as
well as security support for our requirements as
well," he added.