U.S. Military on Puerto Rico: "the problem is distribution" and here's why

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  1. decimon

    decimon Active Member

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    Huffington Post
    Penelope Jean Hayes
    Sept. 29, 2017

    Speaking today exclusively and live from Puerto Rico, is Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the U.S. commonwealth with a population of more than 3 million. Since the ‘apocalyptic’ Cat 4 storm tore into the spine of Puerto Rico on September 20, Col. Valle has been both duty and blood bound to help.

    Col. Valle is a firsthand witness of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) response supporting FEMA in Puerto Rico, and as a Puerto Rican himself with family members living in the devastation, his passion for the people is second to none. “It’s just not true,” Col. Valle says of the major disconnect today between the perception of a lack of response from Washington verses what is really going on on the ground. “I have family here. My parents’ home is here. My uncles, aunts, cousins, are all here. As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has nothing to do with the U.S. military, FEMA, or the DoD.”

    U.S. MILITARY ON PUERTO RICO: "THE PROBLEM IS DISTRIBUTION" AND HERE'S WHY | HuffPost
     
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    By all accounts Puerto Rico is swarming with US military. The USS Wasp which has been assisting Dominica left that island Friday and should be in PR waters shortly to join its sister ship USS Kearsarge. There are ~50 military helicopters already on the island with more on the way. They say that 11 distribution centers have been set up and all of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities have been reached. The Puerto Rican National Guard is using trucks to distribute supplies around the island and providing armed escort as some shipments have been hijacked.

    https://www.stripes.com/news/pentagon-adding-uss-wasp-to-puerto-rico-response-usns-comfort-departs-for-island-1.490341#.WdGNGEuGPrc
     
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    Geraldo Rivera‏Verified account @GeraldoRivera

    #SanJuanMayor says residents are "dying," & somehow @realDonaldTrump is to blame. I'm here. Who is dying? Why? Where? Let me help save them.
    10:09 AM - 30 Sep 2017 from Isla Verde, USA

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