Service members from Joint Task Force West officially concluded Super Typhoon Yutu relief and recovery efforts in Saipan and Tinian in the CNMI on Feb. 6-7.
Joint Task Group Engineer, a contingent of Task Force west, arrived in Saipan in early January and immediately started working on providing temporary metal roofing to damaged homes. Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander of the Joint Region Marianas and commander, Joint Task Force West addressed the service members and thanked them for their service.
Ana Aldan thanks Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, JRM commander, for the service members who repaired her damaged roof following Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Feb. 6. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Wynn Hoke
"You were the right unit at the right time, with the right skills, and the right leaders to do this mission," she said. "I want to thank you for the time that you put in here, for the experience you have given these survivors of a category five typhoon. The work you have done has impacted lives and will be remembered through each family you have helped."
The engineers are positioned to hand over the recovery efforts to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to continue recovery and rebuilding in Saipan and Tinian.
CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres, thanked the Department of Defense for their efforts and for bringing comfort to residents during a difficult time.
"This is a bitter sweet day for me.saying goodbye to servicemen, our soldiers, our airmen, for all the things you have done for this island," he said. "Rebuilding homes is not just for safety or to prevent water from coming in, but to build that home to build that dream, all of us no matter what you do, you go home to rest and to check your families where there is comfort. That is what you have brought to this island; comfort, rebuilding back our homes, our dreams for our children. Thank you for the things you have done here, from the bottom of our hearts."