Humanitarian Missions Need Advanced Echelon Teams
The Navy has increased its humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA) operations over the past few years, undertaking missions designed to provide sustainable aid projects to developing countries and also prepare naval forces for response to natural disasters. Many, such as Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise, take place in countries the Navy otherwise rarely visits. HCA missions are large-scale, performed by a combination of military and civilian organizations. Usually all military services are represented along with numerous nongovernmental organizations and partner nations. The missions include various building projects and medical-treatment sites for thousands of patients, requiring detailed and efficient planning and execution.