This is a good article that shows the dynamics of our ability. Many times Marines will engage in combat one second, then the next move into aid work. That, is your Marine Corps.
From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2010 – The U.S. military in
Afghanistan is responding rapidly to the disastrous flooding that
reportedly killed more than 1,200 people in Pakistan and 60 in
Afghanistan and has affected millions of others.
U.S. forces have delivered more than 189,000 packaged meals
that conform with Islamic law and are preparing to deliver more than
200,000 more meals in the next 24 hours, officials said.
In addition, U.S. military experts in medicine, logistics,
aviation, engineering and other fields are on the ground in Pakistan,
and more are on the way to assist the Pakistani government.
"U.S. Forces Afghanistan [is] actively engaged with our
Pakistan friends and partners in the coordination and delivery of
humanitarian assistance during this critical time," said Army Gen. David
H. Petraeus, commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
"It is vitally important we try to help those who have been tragically
affected by the massive flooding.
"There are some tasks that the U.S. military is uniquely
able to perform," Petraeus continued. "We are in the process of
performing some of those tasks, and we're deploying additional elements
to perform more of them. We will continue to support this humanitarian
effort, and we stand by to assist the Pakistani government any way we
A group of six CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk
helicopters with about 100 U.S. military personnel from the 101st
Airborne Division in Afghanistan is expected to depart tomorrow for
Ghazi Air Base, which is serving as the main logistics hub in Pakistan
for the humanitarian response.
In an effort to provide U.S. and Pakistan commanders with
real-time video surveillance over disaster-stricken areas, the U.S.
military also is supplying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
The aircraft and personnel from Afghanistan will serve as
an early response support element to Pakistan relief efforts as U.S.
Central Command prepares to deploy more personnel, aviation assets and
equipment from outside Afghanistan.
U.S. helicopters working under Squadron 50 of the Afghan
interior ministry since July 30 have rescued 733 people and transported
11,873 pounds of provisions to flood victims. Four Zodiac inflatable
rescue boats with power motors and two water filtration units are at
work in the affected area, and 12 pre-fabricated steel bridges have been
made available as temporary replacements for highway bridges damaged by
The flooding, which began June 29, resulted from a monsoon
rainfall. It has washed away more than 100 bridges and significant
stretches of road, and is reported to have isolated more than 600,000
people between upper Swat and Kalam in northern Pakistan.