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Defense Department personnel and assets are continuing to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which hit the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina hard Oct. 8. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Oct. 13 that roughly 5,500 Air and Army National Guard troops were working on the recovery efforts, which forced 21,000 persons into shelters in those states. Cook noted that the storm had “directly affected” the numerous military installations in Matthew’s path. Meanwhile, a contingent of 300 Marines based on the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima arrived in Haiti, the nation that bore Matthew’s most severe punch.