By CORWIN COLBERT
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Joint Region Public Affairs Office
SANTA RITA, Guam—U.S. Naval Base Guam kept its commitment to supporting service members during this year’s Exercise Typhoon Pakyo from June 17-21.
“Exercise Typhoon Pakyo is our annual typhoon preparedness and recovery exercise,” said Timothy Moon, NBG operations manager. “We use this time of the year to work with our [Department of Defense] partners and also work in conjunction with our local government partners to run through our various checklist of preparation and also work with some events where we actually recover from damage from the typhoon and different scenarios that we encounter from post typhoons.”
While the operational portion of the exercise was simulated, a full-scale emergency family assistance center was assembled to showcase the post-disaster efforts of the Navy.
“EFAC is the emergency family assistance center and it is set up to support the military family with a large list of support mechanisms including administrative support, counseling support and legal support,” Moon said.
This year, the center was staged at the Charles King Fitness Center on base as the building was perfect for compartmentalizing the many different services participating, including Fleet and Family Support Center, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, and other Navy services.
The center was a post-disaster component of the typhoon exercise which simulated steps that would be taken in a real-life situation, refining the skills of Joint Region Marianas, Andersen Air Force Base, NBG and Government of Guam personnel. The exercise also educated civilians on the proper course of action island response teams would take in the event of a typhoon.
Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Richard Torres, of NBG chapel, participated in the EFAC scenario and said he felt confident and at ease to see the thorough preparations that were made to protect and assist the warfighter and their families.
“I feel so much better knowing that there are programs for sailors in trouble after natural disasters,” he said. “It is very important since I am over here by myself, I don’t have family support but I have support here.”