"With Soldiers and equipment in more than 1,100 communities across the nation, America's Army Reserve is uniquely postured to employ capabilities critical to Homeland Defense and DSCA."

- Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey
Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Army Reserve Soldiers with Echo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, work with Saipan Mayor’s Office staff in San Antonio, Oct. 29, in cleaning up debris left behind by Super Typhoon Yutu. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Bruce Camacho, Echo Company, 9th MSC)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Army Sgt. Magic Cabrera, a Soldier with 302nd Quartermaster Company, 9th Mission Support Command, and a native of Saipan, uses a chainsaw to cut debris left by Super Typhoon Yutu along the Gov. Froilan C. Tenorio Beach Road Pathway, Oct. 29, Saipan. Since Yutu, the 9th MSC has rapidly mobilized its Soldiers to support ongoing relief effort throughout the Mariana Islands. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Army Reserve Soldiers with Echo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, work with local personnel from Dept. of Public Works in cleaning debris left by Super Typhoon Yutu along the Gov. Froilan C. Tenorio Beach Road Pathway, Oct. 29, in Saipan. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Guam-based Army Reserve Soldiers with Echo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, clear debris along Beach Road, Garapan, in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu, Oct. 29, Saipan. The 9th MSC has been tasked to assist local government agencies in clearing main roads and debris. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Army Reserve Spc. Luis Macaranas, right, a Soldier with the 302nd Quartermaster Company, 9th Mission Support Command, verifies the information of U.S. Air Force personnel arriving at the Francisco C. Ada International Airport as part of the Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSOI) process, Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE AUTHORITY

Immediate Response is conducted by Army Reserve units and Soldiers under the Immediate Response Authority (IRA) outlined in DoD Directive 3025.18, which authorizes local commanders to take action to save lives, prevent human suffering or mitigate great property damage in a situation of urgency when there is insufficient time to get approval from higher headquarters.

As listed in DoD Directive 3025.18, a request for assistance from a civil authority (tribal authority, mayor, chief of police, fire chief, sheriff, chief of emergency management, etc.) is required to initiate the Immediate Response Authority. Following the request, Army Reserve units within the affected area may respond immediately under imminently serious conditions to disasters and attacks as required by civil authorities and within limits established by law. 

Immediate Response Authority was recently used in the aftermath of historic rainfall and flooding in West Virginia. Forty-four counties were under a declared state of emergency when the commander of the 811th Ordnance Company, 321st Ordnance Battalion, 38th Regional Support Group, received a call from the mayor of Rainelle, asking for immediate assistance in evacuating individuals whose lives were in imminent danger.


Approximately 15 Soldiers from the 811th responded to the call, joining forces with state and local authorities to conduct disaster recovery operations, including conducting sweeps of previously inaccessible areas, moving supplies (water, food, cleaning supplies) and transporting civilians and staff.

Several worked with the Rainelle Fire Department to respond to 911 distress calls, going from home to home in more than three feet of fast water, to evacuate residents. One Soldier moved more than 100 people to safety, according to his chain of command.
AGILE & CAPABLE