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    Military Assistance to Maui Swells to 700 as Recovery Teams Aid in Identifying Remains

    Military Assistance to Maui Swells to 700 as Recovery Teams Aid in Identifying Remains

    The 's mission of aiding first responders on the Hawaiian island of Maui continues to grow, now involving nearly 700 Defense Department personnel and 157 Coast Guardsmen, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters on Tuesday.

    In contrast, a week ago, the U.S. military had around 400 service members providing aid to the island after fires swept from the mountains down onto the town of Lahaina, turning homes and buildings into ash, killing at least 114 people and forcing others to flee into the ocean.

    Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters at a briefing that military members are assisting the federal and local response with eight missions. One of the key efforts, according to the general commanding the mission, has been to help recover and identify remains of victims.

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    On Friday, officials from the joint task that is coordinating all the military assistance said that six anthropologists from the Defense POW/ Accounting Agency, or DPAA, have joined the response to help in search and recovery operations.

    Brig. Gen. Stephen Logan, the man running the task force, told reporters Friday that the anthropologists will “help with the identification and also some forensic DNA testing.”

    “We currently have a fatality search-and-rescue team out of our own Hawaii Air National Guard that's been on the…

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