Within a short time we had experts positioned in an emergency operations centre in the regional office in New Delhi and on board the US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln off the coast of Aceh.
Mangrove trees provide a naturally brackish habitat for fish, but much of Aceh's mangroves have been cut down over the years, precisely to build fishponds.
Meanwhile the Brackish - water Aquaculture Centre aims to play its part in a process to revive Aceh as one of Southeast Asia's prestige breeding grounds for top- quality fish and shellfish.
They were among the first words World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz spoke as he set foot on the ground in Aceh, the first leg of his trip to Indonesia and Timor Leste.
At a news briefing U.S. Marine Brigadier General John Allen, Asia-Pacific director of the Pentagon's International Security Affairs Bureau, said helicopters from the task force are delivering supplies to remote parts of Aceh province that had not been reached by aid workers thus far.
A visibly moved Colin Powell said after flying over Banda Aceh Wednesday that he has a much better understanding of the enormous amount of damage the December 2tsunami did to Aceh - located at the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island.
Another shocking reality was that in Banda Aceh, the waves destroyed block after block of reinforced concrete structures that may have withstood the earthquake's shaking.
It has sent troops as far afield as Aceh and Congo and co-ordinated big national deployments in Lebanon.
The soldiers of Aceh, a place that hasn't seen peace in a long, long time.
The army accuses the former separatists'party, Partai Aceh, of continuing to espouse independence.