When disaster strikes, most people observe from the outside. They cringe, they pity, they pray.
However, some brave men and women choose not to be casual observers. They are the volunteer force who respond to emergencies, like Force Reconnaissance Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force and Special Tactics Airmen with 353rd Special Operations Group, Air Force Special Operations Command.
As part of Rim of the Pacific 2016, these specially trained Marines and Airmen teamed up during a humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercise, July 8-9, to ensure they are ready to respond when confronted with the next calamity.