Singapore Air Force supports hurricane relief in Texas

Photo By Sgt. Michael Giles | Members of the 372nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conduct external sling load resupply operations with our international partners from the Republic of Singapore Air Force in support of Task Force Harvey, Aug. 30, 2017. This unique capability provided much needed forward distribution of food and water to Logistics Support Area (LSA) Brenham. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jerod Zuniga)



Story by Sgt. Michael Giles

100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment


CAMP MABRY, Texas—Airmen with Singapore’s Peace Prairie Detachment supported hurricane relief efforts by delivering supplies to Brenham, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2017, in support of Joint Task Force Harvey.

Thirty-four members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force in CH-47 Chinook helicopters coordinated with the Texas National Guard’s 372nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion to resupply Joint Task Force Harvey personnel with food and water. 

The contribution toward Harvey relief efforts reflects an ongoing partnership between Singapore and Texas, according to an Aug. 30 Singapore Ministry of Defence statement.

“This was a small gesture to express our appreciation and gratitude to the U.S., and in particular the State of Texas, which have been good hosts for our Peace Prairie Detachment,” said Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime

Texas has hosted Singapore’s Peace Prairie Detachment at the Grand Prairie Army Aviation Support Facility in Dallas since the detachment’s inauguration in May, 1996. In that time, they received training at the Joint Readiness Training Center and in Exercise Red Flag, and trained alongside Texas Guardsmen in large-scale emergency response exercises. They put this training to use as they coordinated with the Texas Guard in response to Hurricanes Katrina in 2005, fire and flood operations in Texas in 2000, and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

The Singaporean detachment has been fulfilling a crucial role in helping resupplying food and water to service members on the ground, said Lt. Col. John Crawson, commander of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Sustainment Brigade. 

“We have soldiers down in the joint operations area that are relying on our resupply,” Crawson said. “They’re relying on our MREs and bottled water. And when they begin to get very low on supplies, it’s very crucial that I get them there.”

Crawson said that sling load operations are necessary when flooding prevents effective ground travel. The Singaporean detachment is an ideal partner in these situations, because they frequently rehearse these capabilities with Texas Guardsmen during their annual training.

“We are extremely grateful for their support and we will continue to ask them to help us out,” Crawson said.

Hurricane Harvey



Video by Pfc. Joseph E Cannon

55th Combat Camera


U.S. Soldiers, 1-124th Cavalry Squadron, walk through the streets checking on the those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Orange, Texas, Sept. 6, 2017. Police and U.S. Soldiers work together with the focus of helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army video by Pfc. Joseph Cannon)

Spiritual support after the flood



Video by Senior Airman Renee Crugnale

147th Attack Wing (Texas Air National Guard)


Chaplain Mark Lassitter and Master Sgt. Jeff Boyd at the 147th Attack Wing spent the day visiting residents in the Houston area to support them in their recovery efforts. Homeowners are living in homes that are gutted and many have lost their possessions in the flood.




Video by Sgt. Daisy Broker

72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (36th ID, TXARNG)


Service Member’s from the Texas Army and Air National Guard set up a Medical Treatment Facility or MTF in the parking lot of the Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas, in Beaumont.

The hospital began transferring patients when the cities water supply was cut off. As a result,
hospital staff coordinated with Texas Emergency Services to bring in the Role 2 Medical Treatment Facility provided by Texas Military Forces. 

The MTF was able to treat well over 200 civilians from Beaumont and surrounding areas. Patients recieved services such as general first aid, prescription medications, ultrasounds, and X-ray capabilities. 

The hospital and Texas military forces brought care to the citizens of Beaumont when they needed it most.

Hurricane Harvey Relief



Video by Staff Sgt. Rion Ehrman

Air Force Public Affairs Agency


A Chemical Emergency Response Force Package comprised of Texas Air National Guard Airmen with the 149th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, and Texas National Guard Soldiers, Fort Worth, with the 949th Brigade Support Battalion combined to set up this field hospital in the parking lot of the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Beaumont as the hospital was only taking medical emergencies due to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. U.S. military assets supported FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force Video by SSgt Rion Ehrman)

1-143 Infantry Regiment, Airborne Battalion



Video by Spc. Austin Boucher

55th Combat Camera


U.S. Army Spc. Sergio Villarreal, 1-143 Infantry Regiment, Airborne Battalion, discuesses medical operations in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 3, 2017. Both the U.S. Military and civilian volunteers are working together to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Austin T. Boucher)

Hurricane Harvey Relief



Video by Staff Sgt. Rion Ehrman

Air Force Public Affairs Agency


U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company, El Campo, Texas, search flooded Beaumont, Texas neighborhoods, Sept. 3, 2017, for civilians after Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. U.S. military assets supported FEMA as well as state and local authorities in rescue and relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force video by SSgt Rion Ehrman)

Citizen Soldiers support and supply in Hurricane Harvey effort

Photo By Sgt. Jazmin Jenkins | Soldiers from the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade unload pallets of water from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) semi-truck at Houston Exective Airport in Katy, Texas to be distributed to Hurricane Harvey victims Sept. 3, 2017. The Department of Defense is conducting Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations in response to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. DSCA operations are part of the DOD's response capability to assist civilian responders in saving lives, relieving human suffering and mitigating property damage in response to a catastrophic disaster. (U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Jazmin Jenkins / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)



Story by Sgt. Jazmin Jenkins

22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment


KATY, Texas - Six forklifts manned by Texas Army National Guardsmen line up outside of a hangar at a small airport just outside of Houston awaiting the next semi-truck filled with supplies to offload. Although most of the forklift operators are not logisticians by trade, they are combining skills earned working for the military and in the civilian sector to accomplish the mission. 

First Lieutenant Tim Dubose, an intelligence officer with 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, volunteered to manage a shipping and receiving site for distributing supplies based on his 10-years of civilian experience as a project manager. 

The mission of Dubose’s Austin-based unit is to support Texas Army National Guard disaster recovery operations by getting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplies to distribution points using helicopters.

Dubose said that no mission within the specialty for which the military trained him existed for hurricane relief operations. However, the leadership skills taught to all Army officers, paired with his civilian credentials, made his selection for a leadership position at a logistics hub in the recovery efforts a natural one.

"I was selected to be in an (officer in charge) position,” said Dubose. “When I arrived at Houston Executive Airport, there was a need for logistical problem set." 

He used the project management skills required in his civilian job experience to synergize a team of Soldiers sent from around the United States to efficiently deliver supplies at the FEMA distribution site established at the airport. 

One of the people working for Dubose is Pfc. Matthew Riffe, a generator mechanic with 36th CAB, based out of Austin, Texas. Like Dubose, the 22-year old is using a combination of skills learned in the military and in his civilian job to ensure mission success. Riffe works in logistics shipping and receiving coordinator in his civilian occupation and has six years of forklift experience. 

"I volunteered to man the forklift because they were short-handed and I have the experience and skillset to contribute to the mission," said Riffe.

FEMA brings life sustaining supplies to be distributed by the military to the Houston Executive Airport for Hurricane Harvey victims. Soldiers with 36th CAB off-load and inventory those supplies. Afterwards the supplies are palletized and organized to fit inside the dimensions of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. 

Dubose said one of the most important skills he’s using from his civilian job is proper communication between teammates and managing resources effectively. Additionally, his experience in acquisitions aligns with the mission at the distribution site. 

"Flight operations identifies specific supplies to go on the necessary aircraft by customer demand," said Dubose. "We fill that order by loading the supplies in the aircraft, then make sure we track and inventory afterwards." 

The FEMA distribution site at Houston Executive Airport is one of the major hubs re-supplying areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The site has delivered an average of 25 tons of supplies per day since operations began on Aug. 31. 

Thousands of people along the U.S. Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Harvey. The efforts to relieve those in need involves Soldiers and necessary skills to accomplish the mission.

“This is an important mission to be a part of,” said Dubose. “We have all come together and used all of our skills to get the job done."

B-Roll Texas Military Forces POD Victoria TX 170903



Video by Sgt. Daisy Broker

72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (36th ID, TXARNG)


Service members with the Texas Army National Guard and State Guard along side volunteers from neighboring cities hand out meals, ice, and water to victims of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in Victoria, TX. 

Although the Cities water and sewer systems are working, the water is not potable per the
Texas Commission of Environmental Quality or TCEQ as of September 5th, 2017. The TECQ is the deciding authority that determines whether or not Texas’s water is okay to drink.