The 3rd Infantry Division, based out of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, has been called on to provide assistance to the American people impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Currently, reponse efforts are based in the Wilmington, North Carolina area, where a substantial amount of damage was sustained by the storm.
Based on geographical location to the impacted area, and the ability to rapidly deploy, the division is uniquely qualified to support response efforts.
“The 3rd Infantry Division is part of a comprehensive response effort, partnered with local, state and federal agencies,” Maj. Gen. Lee Quintas, commander of the 3rd ID and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield said. “Our Soldiers are actively assisting and postured to provide further support in the form of robust ground and aviation elements across a wide range of activities.”
The 3rd ID remains focused on protecting soldiers and families from the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence, and as the storm made landfall well north of Coastal Georgia, the division has dedicated efforts to providing forces to assist those affected in the Mid-Atlantic States.
“As Dogface Soldiers we pride ourselves on staying mission focused and ready; our mission includes assisting Americans in need of our help,” Quintas said.
Current 3rd ID response missions: the 3rd Sustainment Brigade’s 90th Human Resources Company is currently supporting response efforts at Fort Jackson, S.C. and Fort Bragg, N.C.; the 3rd Sustainment Brigade’s 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is prepared to provide a sizeable wheeled vehicle element that is capable of moving people and bulk logistical supplies and the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is prepared to provide a combination of UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters as part of an aviation task force capable of conducting operations spanning from search and rescue to aerial delivery of bulk logistical supplies.