Service members assist in Typhoon Dolphin recovery
ASAN, Guam (May 28, 2015) – Service members on Guam volunteered time to assist in typhoon recovery efforts in the village of Asan May 28.
About 40 volunteers from Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1 Det. Guam; Naval Munitions Command East Asia Division Unit Guam; U.S. Naval Hospital Guam; 30th Naval Construction Regiment; Naval Special Warfare Unit 1; Commander, Fleet Air Forward, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Det. Guam; and 36th Maintenance Squadron joined the Asan-Maina Mayor’s Office with debris cleanup and removal in the aftermath of Typhoon Dolphin which struck the island May 16.
“We’re all living on this island … what a better way to coexist with each other than helping each other out,” said Gunner’s Mate 1st Class (EXW/SW) Michael Celis, CRG-1 Det. Guam.
The community relations project was an opportunity for Sailors, airmen and soldiers to engage with local residents and foster relationships between the military and local communities.
For Celis, his reason to volunteer hit close to home.
“The reason I decided to volunteer and come out here with my command was because I’m half Chamorro, so coming out here really it’s kind of doing justice to where I’m from,” he said. “It’s actually a pleasure of mine to come out and help with whatever happened with the storm.”
Volunteers cut fallen trees, picked up debris from village streets and had the opportunity to interact with the local community.
Asan Mayor Joana Margaret Blas said she was grateful for the Navy’s dedication and efforts to assist her village residents who were affected by the storm.
“I would like to say, thank you very much to our military sister (commands) and to the military - Navy, Air Force and Army,” she said. “I really appreciate that, a thank you is not enough. I would like to continue to unite with them in our municipality and enjoy the community.”