Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit work with members of the New York Sanitation Department to clear out the tremendous piles of debris that have accumulated on Staten Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Nov. 5, 2012. The 26th MEU is able to provide generators, fuel, clean water, and helicopter lift capabilities to aid in disaster relief efforts. Photo by Cpl. Chris Stone
Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to join them on the USS Wasp (LHD 1), Nov. 05, 2011.
“After the commandant’s arrival, he left to talk to the (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey), and to see first hand the destruction of Hurricane Sandy,” said Sgt. Maj. Todd M. Parisi, hometown native of Kersey, Penn., and sergeant major of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “This isn’t as simple as ‘hey, there is a need and we have people here who want to help so lets put them on the ground,’ this is a larger, more complex type of situation of relationships and dynamics. Things have to be done right. The Marine Corps is geared and poised ready to execute immediately, but not everything happens that fast. However, today was a great success.”