In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the pre-storm preparations made by the U.S. military were put to the test. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are fully integrated partners with state and local governments in the response to Hurricane Sandy, and were among the first on the scene. Some examples of the initial response can be seen in these Hurricane Sandy recovery photos. The extensive damage, ongoing power outages, and fuel rationing will require the DoD to take an even more active role in the Hurricane Sandy recovery, one that will likely be the biggest U.S. relief effort since 2005. The northeaster that recently swept through the northeastern United States will only test the DoD’s response to Hurricane Sandy even further.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery l Photos
Aerial views during an Army search and rescue mission show damage from Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012. The helicopter was from 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen Soldiers assigned to the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, prepare UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for further search and rescue missions on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012, following the passing of Hurricane Sandy. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen Aerial views during an Army search and rescue mission show damage from Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen A New Jersey National Guard soldier assists a family displaced by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Davis New Jersey National Guard soldiers assist residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Davis A New Jersey National Guard soldier holds a child displaced by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Davis New York Army National Guard soldiers provide the power to free a New York motorist stuck in beach sand in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nov. 1, 2012. DoD photo Crews load Southern California Edison trucks, which will be used in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts on the East Coast, on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012. Military bases across the nation mobilized in New York and New Jersey to help restore electricity and provide humanitarian assistance. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Cozad Constructionman Brandon Vick, from Camden, Ark., watches as Constructionman Collyn Schagenhauff, from Omaha, Neb., connects a steel cable from a medium tactical vehicle replacement during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in Seaside Heights, N.J. Both are assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, operating under the U.S. Northern Command Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission, working closely with civil authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron Air Force Lt. Col. David G. Rabel directs a semi truck on Yeager Air National Guard Base in Charleston, W. Va., Nov. 1, 2012. Rabel, the logistics readiness squadron commander for the 130th Airlift Wing, is assigned to the West Virginia Air National Guard, assisting with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bryan G. Stevens The sun rises over New York City Nov. 2, 2012. Numerous U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 249th Engineer Battalion, responded to meet the needs of the area after Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy formed in the Western Caribbean Sea and affected Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and The Bahamas before making landfall in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. DoD photo by EJ Hersom U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Shannon, a marine science technician with the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, takes a water sample near a damaged tank at an oil refinery in Sewaren, N.J., Nov. 2, 2012. The Coast Guard and other agencies worked to contain pockets of oil that leaked from the facility after Hurricane Sandy struck the region Oct. 29, 2012. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaclyn Young, U.S. Coast Guard Members of the Georgia Army National Guard prepare their CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for a flight from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. to Staten Island, N.Y. The aircraft was moving members of the National Search and Rescue Task Force to conduct house-to-house searches, Nov. 3, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres A small-boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, a patrol boat homeported in Montauk, N.Y., performs a law enforcement patrol in Sandy Hook, N.J., Inlet, Nov. 3, 2012. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Coast Guard crews increased law enforcement presence in affected waterways and coasts to deter looting and other illegal activity. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson A U.S. Navy SH-60 Helicopter lands in Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 3, 2012, carrying a pier repair crew to assist in post-Hurricane Sandy repair efforts. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard A United States flag flies in the background amidst debris and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in Toms River, N.J., Nov. 3, 2012. Following Hurricane Sandy, Marines assigned to the 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, used 7-ton trucks to move donated relief supplies to distribution points amongst the most heavily affected areas. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Nate Hauser A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to Task Force Guardian flies over areas along the storm-damaged coast of New York on a mission from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. to Floyd Bennett Field, NY, Nov. 4, 2012. The helicopter was assisting with the movement of National Urban Search and Rescue task force teams to storm damaged areas in New York and New Jersey. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Thomas Cavallo, left, and Lance Cpl. Corey Shaw, obscured, throw a couch on a pile in Staten Island, N.Y., on Nov. 4, 2012. Marines and sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit worked to support Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. DoD photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard, U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and New York city workers clear streets in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, N.Y., Nov. 5, 2012. DoD photo by Cpl. Michael S. Lockett, U.S. Marine Corps A sign by the entrance to Long Beach Island, N.J. thanking local first responders and the New Jersey National Guard on Nov. 6, 2012. Long Beach Island sustained heavy storm damage and flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012. New Jersey Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht