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Army prepares leaders for humanitarian response missions
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (May 24, 2022) – “The Indo-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Blankenship, G9 Civil Affairs Director with I Corps . “It’s not a question of if it will happen but when.”

Although natural disasters are predictable, they nevertheless leave a lasting effect on affected communities. Military and civilian organizations travel to these affected areas to provide temporary relief to the people living there.

To teach the military to be able to deploy effectively to these locations and have a lasting impact on communities, the Center of Excellence, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) organized a course for commanders and their staff to attend called the Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (HART) Disaster Course.

“The HART-Disasters course prepares U.S. military commanders and their personnel to respond more effectively during civilian-led humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions overseas,” as stated on the HART-Disasters fact sheet. Disasters.

This two-and-a-half-day course featured hands-on exercises, role-playing and case studies that helped lecturers explain real-life scenarios they might face. It also helps participants understand what the roles and tasks of different units are within their own organization.

“It helps them understand what they need to know before they need to react, so when we do need to react, we can do it much faster, more informed and more effectively,” Blankenship said.

Instructors for this class hailed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, the headquarters of CFE-DM, and traveled the world to teach this important information to military personnel.

Instructors in this class covered integrating with foreign entities during humanitarian assistance operations, how to interact with people in affected communities, how to help during natural disasters, and more. Many of the military’s humanitarian missions have been joint operations with other military and civilian agencies.

This course helps build the framework for future missions as command teams will know where and how to fit into an already existing mission.

Jenny Caruso, head of the HART course program at CFE-DM, wants students to better understand that this is a different mission than what they are used to. Through this course, she gives people resources that they can use and implement within their units if they go on a humanitarian mission.

Blankenship said that “any one of this class could be the tip of the spear of I Corps, US Army Pacific and United States Indo-Pacific Command when disaster strikes in theater.”

Date taken: 24.05.2022
Date posted: 24.05.2022 19:38
Story ID: 421439

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