Sgt. Christina Riveramendez

by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish
U.S. Marine Corps

Sgt. Christina Riveramendez, a 26-year-old inventory management specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, sits in the shade at the Commonwealth Port Authority during U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 5, 2018.

Riveramendez, a native of Queens, New York, enlisted in September 2012 after graduating from Long Island City High School in June 2011.

Businesses, government buildings, homes and schools were heavily damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu, which made a direct hit with devastating effect on Tinian Oct. 25 as the second strongest storm to ever hit U.S. soil.

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and CLB-31 arrived on Tinian Oct. 29-31 in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu as part of Task Force-West.

TF-W is providing Department of Defense support to the CNMI's civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon recovery effort.

The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations across the Indo-Pacific region.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish/Released)

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