Nov. 16 - The commanding officer of the U.S. military relief effort in the Philippines visits Tacloban Air Base, ground zero for the American military aid effort in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Mana Rabiee reports.
This is Tacloban Air Base -- ground zero for the U.S. military relief effort in the Philippines. The commanding officer here is Gen. John Wissler, getting a firsthand look at rescue efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. U.S military assistance has been pouring into the Philippines since Thursday. Naval ships carrying some 5,000 crew members and more than 80 aircraft are providing water, food, medicine and other crucial supplies. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED U.S. MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYING: "It's continuously coming. I mean, we carry enough, about a thousand kits onboard to give out and we have more coming in everyday." The Philippines is one of Washington's closest allies in this region. The island nation is a crucial partner in President Barack Obama's military strategy to pivot U.S. forces towards Asia -- a counterweight to the rising clout of China. More U.S. aid is on the way. The Pentagon says U.S. Navy amphibious ships in Japan set off for the Philippines late Friday. Their boats could make the crucial difference in delivering aid to remote regions of this sprawling archipelago.