GALVESTON, Texas (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) and other military units continue recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ike, and many Sailors involved have ties to the affected areas.
"I'm originally from Houston, and I'm the only one in my family who left the area, the rest of my family still resides there," said Aviation Electronics Technician Senior Chief (AW/SW) Raul Castro, quality assurance officer on board Nassau. "The majority of them did lose power, suffer structural damage and other effects from the storm, but they're all okay."
"I'm from Laporte, Texas, and a lot of individuals in the area were affected by Hurricane Ike, including my parents and the house I grew up in," said Aviation Ordinance Airman (AW) Cody Blair. "My aunt was also affected by the storm, and her vacation home was ruined, but no one was hurt or injured."
The military brings many capabilities during times of need, including during and after natural disasters like Hurricane Ike. Texas natives and others alike say it is meaningful to have the opportunity to give back to these communities.
"It feels great to be here helping out," said Operations Specialist Third Class (SW/AW) Terrance Bellock, Amphibious Squadron 6 operations yeoman and Texas resident. "I joined the military to help out, and to be able to participate in something like this is rewarding for so many reasons."
"It feels really good being out here and working together with everyone to make a difference," Blair added. "The hurricane has devastated so many people and it's nice to give back to those in need."
Nassau and her embarked units, Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 (ACB-2), Assault Craft Unit 2 (ACU-2), Fleet Surgical Team 2 (FST-2) and others bring essential resources to the area to help aid in the recovery process.
"We have a tremendous capability to help support in the efforts of disaster response," said Capt. Bob Lineberry, Amphibious Squadron 6 commander. "This is what the United States Navy trains for and is ready to perform at any time."
"The type of situation we're seeing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike is the kind of scenario we train and prepare for," said Builder Second Class (SCW) Anthony Marshall, Amphibious Construction Battalion 2.
"Every task we receive involves providing relief in one way or another, whether it be helping overseas, assisting our fellow military members or providing assistance stateside. We help improve conditions all around the world."
USS Nassau and other military units are working together in support of civil authorities to help the recovery process in Galveston and other areas of Texas damaged in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
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