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Typhoon Aid Missions Boost US Troops' Image While Primary Mission, Will Always Be Winning Wars

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From the military perspective, humanitarian missions like the ongoing Operation Damayan in the Philippines offer concrete benefits — the chance to operate in far-flung places, build military-to-military alliances and get realistic training — that they may later apply to their primary mission, which will always be fighting and winning wars.
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"It is awesome to see this," says one grateful villager. "They are saving us."
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staging massive humanitarian relief missions for allies in need isn't just about being a good neighbor. They can be a strategic and publicity goldmine for U.S. troops whose presence in Asia isn't always portrayed in such a favorable light — and a powerful warning to countries that aren't on board.
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"It's easy to translate this capability for disaster handling into handling warfare. This is the new orientation of the task forces."
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U.S. military public affairs offices, meanwhile, have been pushing out a torrent of photos, text updates, videos and media packages to play up that message of friendship and support.

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