RootFocus AreasRapid Response

Rapid Response

We continuously plan and prepare for crisis and contingency response through a wide range of cooperative security initiatives. U.S. Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command board a CH-53 Super Stallion in Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 9, 2015.

U.S. Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command board a CH-53 Super Stallion in Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 9, 2015

U.S. Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command board a CH-53 Super Stallion in Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 9, 2015(DoD Photo)


Our cooperative security initiatives hone the skills of U.S. forces while building trust among  our interagency, non-governmental, private sector, and regional military and security partners.

Training and  engagement activities include military and peacekeeping exercises, regional security conferences, humanitarian and disaster relief  operations, and exchanges that enhance capacity and readiness throughout the region.

Our Rapid Response Efforts & Missions

U.S. service members stack boxes of aid which and water while off loading a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an aid relief mission Oct. 14, 2016 in Anse d'Hainault, Haiti. Foreign Disaster Relief

We focus on supporting U.S. government efforts to reduce human suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. The goal is to help set the stage for long-term recovery.


The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is moored pierside in Roseau, Dominica during Continuing Promise 2015Humanitarian Assistance

Our Humanitarian Assistance programs and exercises are aimed at improving the capacity of U.S. and partner nation forces to respond to humanitarian crises.  The program works in concert with other U.S. government agencies that provide assistance in the region.  The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is moored pierside in Roseau, Dominica during Continuing Promise 2015

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