By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
military is probably the only organization in the world that could have handled the demands of providing assistance to the people of U.S. in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami while also preventing a massacre in Japan . Benghazi, Libya
The earthquake struck off
’s northern coast on March 11. The tsunami followed soon after. “From the moment the earthquake struck … American military forces were ready to respond with whatever assistance was needed by Japan , our close friend and stalwart ally,” Morrell told reporters at the Pentagon. Japan
So far, more than 20,000
military personnel, about 140 aircraft and more than 20 U.S. ships have provided humanitarian assistance, and supported disaster relief and consequence management efforts in U.S. . Japan
A week later,
service members joined an international coalition to prevent a humanitarian crisis in U.S. that could have destabilized nascent democratic movements in neighboring Libya and Egypt . Operation Odyssey Dawn began with an American-led strike on Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s military, designed to prevent him from killing large numbers of Libyan civilians in Tunisia and sparking a refugee crisis. Benghazi
“All told, since operations began on March the 19th, the
has flown approximately 1,600 sorties, which includes more than 600 strike missions,” Morrell said of U.S. military efforts in U.S. . “The Libya strike mission ended yesterday evening …, but we will continue flying support missions under NATO leadership, and we will remain on alert for emergency strike missions, if requested by NATO.” U.S.
Meanwhile, about 100,000 American troops are fighting a war against extremism in
. Another 46,000 are deployed to Afghanistan , training Iraqi security forces. Iraq
“That we have been able to respond to these crises without missing a beat in either of those efforts is a testament to the strength and versatility of our forces and, most of all, to the men and women in uniform who are prepared to take on any mission assigned to them,” Morrell said.