On a global scale the US military evaluates its efforts through detailed assessments that embrace the opinions and findings of our Department of State and NGO colleagues and most importantly our partner nations. When the hospital ships USNS Mercy and Comfort deploy for humanitarian assistance missions, exactly what should be done? In the summer of 2012, USNS Mercy will sail for 4½ months, visiting the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia. The ship's capability rivals that of a major metropolitan trauma center. Will her crew, NGO, and academic and military medical staff just hand out a few pills for chronic diseases and build clinics that will never be staffed or supplied long term? I will argue they will not. That may have been a fair criticism of past missions, but it is no longer a justified critique. The journey from the gangly adolescent player of untold logistical might to the mature insightful stakeholder the DoD is today has not been without missteps. But those mistakes were the classic opportunity for improvement. Today, readers can be proud of our uniformed colleagues' humanitarian dedication and disaster expertise. It is a national treasure exercised on our behalf for the benefit of all.