CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan --
In preparation for Typhoon In-Fa, service members with Camp Foster Camp Services assembled and provided services to ensure service members are safe and prepared on July 19.
Camp Foster Camp Services provided units with MRE’s, base preparation services, sandbags, and bulk trash storage to keep service members safe and prepared during typhoon season in Okinawa.
“Today we handed out upwards of 3,500 MRE’s,” said U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Anthony Prophet, a food service specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. “We have been preparing all week, and it has been a daunting task, but as Marines we are and have to be prepared for anything that comes our way.”
Besides handing out MRE’s, Camp Services also ensured structures that are prone to strong winds like tents are strapped down to prevent any damage from occurring to the base. Additionally, they boarded up electronic signs, conducted base cleanups and coordinated water.
Prophet, a native of Santa Rosa, California, and the warehouse manager for Camp Services, explained that being a part of assisting service members prepare for the typhoon is important to him. He said that with each MRE handed out, he can feel that he is making a difference.
“When facing inclement weather like this, every detail matters,” said Sgt. Shane Holum, the acting staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge and platoon sergeant of Camp Services. “When it comes to bulk refuse, we keep our typhoon cage open through Tropical Typhoon Condition of Readiness 2 so that any trash that isn’t contracted for pickup can be disposed of.”
Holum, a native of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, explained that his Marines and sailors worked nonstop through the week to ensure the proper measures could be taken for the oncoming typhoon.
“It goes to show that Marines take care of each other no matter what,” said Prophet. “In times like these, we all have to work together and make sure everyone is covered.”