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U.S. Northern Command is leading the Defense Department's disaster response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on the U.S. territory Sept. 20. DoD continues to synchronize efforts with the Puerto Rico National Guard and FEMA. Troops and equipment already were assisting authorities in the region, which has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.

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Navy Officials Brief Reporters Before USNS Comfort Departure
Sept. 29, 2017 | 25:31
Navy Capts. Kevin Robinson, commander of Military Sealift Command Atlantic and Task Force 83, and Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the military treatment facility aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, brief reporters in Norfolk, Va., before the Comfort departs for Puerto Rico to join humanitarian aid efforts, Sept. 29, 2017.

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