Hurricane Iniki Relief: Interview with LTG Johnnie E. Corns, Commanding General, United States Army, Pacific   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Today is 12 January 1993. This is Major Lincoln Higa, Commander, 30th Military History Detachment, and Dr. Donald Laird, USARPAC Command Historian. We are interviewing Lieutenant General Johnnie Corns, Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific, concerning his thoughts on the Hurricane Iniki relief effort. Operation Iniki Response was a timely event in the history of Headquarters United States Army, Pacific, and in the history of the United States Army overall with regard to the total force-active, guard, and reserve-participating in efforts to come to the aid of American people in times of natural disaster. The timeliness has to do first with the role of a joint task force in the operations of United States Commander in Chief Pacific, or USCINCPAC, and his concepts for organizing and dealing with conflict or natural disasters. Operation Iniki Response was also timely for this Headquarters because it got us involved in the joint task force role for the Army and the other services to meet natural disasters right on the heels of similar involvement by joint task forces in Florida in response to the hurricane there and to the typhoon that had occurred in Guam. This timeliness enabled us to enter into the operation of the joint task force with some fairly recent experience among members of the USARPAC staff who had been part of augmentations for other joint task forces."

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