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U.S. and Indonesian relief efforts provide hope, future

U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and aircrew from the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan arrive at Balikpapan, Indonesia Oct. 5, 2018. Members are supporting USAID’s humanitarian relief efforts after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island Sept. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and aircrew from the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan arrive at Balikpapan, Indonesia Oct. 5, 2018. Members are supporting USAID’s humanitarian relief efforts after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island Sept. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

Evacuees prepare to board aircraft in Palu, Indonesia Oct. 6, 2018 after thousands were displaced after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island Sept. 28, 2018. The Indonesian Government and U.S. Agency for International Development are working alongside eight countries agencies and foreign militaries ensuring supplies, airlift, shelter and medical support reach those affected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

Evacuees prepare to board aircraft in Palu, Indonesia Oct. 6, 2018 after thousands were displaced after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island Sept. 28, 2018. The Indonesian Government and U.S. Agency for International Development are working alongside eight countries agencies and foreign militaries ensuring supplies, airlift, shelter and medical support reach those affected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Lane, 36th Mobility Readiness Squadron commander, Maj. Sean Conley, 36th MRS operations officer, both assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, are greeted by an Indonesian military member in Palu, Indonesia Oct. 6, 2018. The purpose of the visit was to establish an initial baseline of how to best support our Indonesian counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Lane, 36th Mobility Response Squadron commander, Maj. Sean Conley, 36th MRS operations officer, both assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, are greeted by an Indonesian military member in Palu, Indonesia Oct. 6, 2018. The purpose of the visit was to establish an initial baseline of how to best support our Indonesian counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force aerial porters assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, prepare and inspect cargo at the airport in Balikpapan, Indonesia Oct. 5, 2018. The airport is the staging ground for all humanitarian goods before being transported to Palu, Indonesia where they are received and distributed to those affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force aerial porters assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, prepare and inspect cargo at the airport in Balikpapan, Indonesia Oct. 5, 2018. The airport is the staging ground for all humanitarian goods before being transported to Palu, Indonesia where they are received and distributed to those affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

An Indonesian Air Force member taxi an Indonesian Air Force C-130H aircraft to transport supplies and displaced members Oct. 6, 2018. The Indonesian Government and U.S. Agency for International Development are working alongside eight countries to maximize humanitarian relief efforts at staging grounds located in Palu and Balikpapan, Indonesia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

An Indonesian Air Force member taxi an Indonesian Air Force C-130H aircraft to transport supplies and displaced members Oct. 6, 2018. The Indonesian Government and U.S. Agency for International Development are working alongside eight countries to maximize humanitarian relief efforts at staging grounds located in Palu and Balikpapan, Indonesia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Eliezer Ribeiro, 36th Contingency Response Group vehicle maintenance NCO in charge at Andersen Air Force Base, helps Royal Australian Air Force medical personnel offload supplies in Balikpapan, Indonesia. The Indonesian Government and U.S. Agency for International Development are working alongside eight countries agencies and foreign militaries ensuring supplies, airlift, shelter and medical support reach those affected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Eliezer Ribeiro, 36th Contingency Response Group vehicle maintenance NCO in charge at Andersen Air Force Base, helps Royal Australian Air Force medical personnel offload supplies in Balikpapan, Indonesia. The Indonesian Government and U.S. Agency for International Development are working alongside eight countries agencies and foreign militaries ensuring supplies, airlift, shelter and medical support reach those affected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

PALU, Indonesia -- U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sent three C-130J Super Hercules and aircrew from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and nearly 30 members from the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to support USAID’s humanitarian assistance efforts in Indonesia Oct 5.

In response to a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, which left thousands displaced Sept. 28., the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Indonesia are working, alongside eight countries agencies and foreign militaries.

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is leading the U.S. government’s response and have disaster experts on the ground who are conducting damage assessments, identifying priority needs, and coordinating closely with local authorities

INDOPACOM will work closely with senior representatives from the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other U.S. agencies to ensure continued, timely and swift requests from the Government of Indonesia.

The U.S. military has a history of successfully working with international relief organizations and host nations to respond to people affected by natural disasters. As INDOPACOM reaches out further into the outlying areas, it will have a better assessment of the complete scope of disaster and the needs of the people of Indonesia.