Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief: Are the National/International Coordinating Agencies Capable of Fulfilling the Mission [open pdf - 722KB]
"The focus of this paper, an examination of the range of possibilities and training considerations necessary for successful participation by the US military in non-combat roles, will underscore its role in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. The inclusion of activities and events by the members of the Second Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division and other elements of the XVIIIth Airborne Corps will serve to illustrate events that are relevant to the examination of non-combat roles for the US military during its participation in JTF Andrew operations. My personal observations are based on my own involvement in these operations in two distinct roles: I acted as the Brigade Task Force S-5, initially responsible for civil-military interface with state and local governments and NGOs operating within South Dade County. As more units were deployed to the AOR, I also served as commander of a Batallion Task Force Relief Area (an area encompassing over 20 square miles and inhabited by over 28,000)."