Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 4 years ago

Operation vs Mission...Whats the difference?

My finace's unit is doing a Humanitarian Assistance Operation.. what exactly is that and how long does it last usually?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    A MISSION is what you are hoping to accomplish.

    An OPERATION is a complex series of movements / actions to accomplish a mission.

    But that is not what your really asking.

    There are thousands of different Humanitarian Assistance Operations out there. What exactly his unit is doing is impossible to tell, other than attempting to meet some serious need of the local civilians. Could be taking a medical team to vaccinate children and stock up rual hospitals with medicines, or it could be digging a well so people can have clean drinking water or even clearing some of Saddam's minefields so people can plant crops again.

    You cannot know everything he is doing over there. Heck, even those guys over there use rather large staffs of pretty smart folks to try and keep up with all the changes!

    What you can do is ask if he trusts his chain of command. Then, if he trusts them, you can trust his leaders to not put his life at risk without good cause and all the precautions that can be taken.

    And pray for him and his mates every day. That is the best you can do.

    May God Bless him and grant both of you the strength and faith to endure the rest of his tour.

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    things like Continuing Promise( helped every other year) are scheduled deployments that last 6-8 months depending on how many countries have requested a visit.

    things like post Hurricane Katrina or Fukushima assistance last as long as they last.

    the parameters and specifics will vary based on need. for instance, the CP 15 my husband did provided cleft palate surgeries, simple things like tonsillectomies, dental cleaning, eye exams, veterinary care, building maintenance and construction, education. after the Fukushima disaster, my stepson's ship provided food and water and other supplies to the workers who who were trying to contain the leak as well as provided search and rescue assistance. CP17, which just ended about 3 weeks ago, there were no surgeries but a lot of dental cleanings. our Helicopter pilot former Plebe did double duty as a translator when he wasn't flying personnel or cargo.

  • 4 years ago

    Depends if it was scheduled or a contingency operation.

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