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U.S. Southern Command deploying more humanitarian aid to Haiti

U.S. Southern Command deploying more humanitarian aid to Haiti
Joint Task Force-Bravo will deploy three U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, three UH-60 and two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment for Haiti in support of disaster relief efforts after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the region, Aug 14.
At the request of U.S. Southern Command, assets with the 1-228 will provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities.
U.S. Air Force photo by Capt Annabel Monroe.

August 17, 2021. By Jim Garamone, DoD news

A U.S. Southern Command joint task force has already begun working to aid the people of Haiti, which was recently hit by a devastating earthquake and is now being flooded by a tropical storm.

Joint Task Force–Haiti is moving to the island nation in support of the mission, which is being led by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The southwest part of the island was struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Saturday. The damage was extensive, and reports out of the area say at least 1,400 people were killed.

On top of that, Tropical Storm Grace hit the affected area making rescue and recovery efforts more difficult.

U.S. Southern Command is working with USAID to get help to the Haitian people quickly. «U.S. Southern Command is working to assess damage, develop common operational pictures, and provide lifesaving support for the people of Haiti,» Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said during a news conference. 

The command is moving the task force to Haiti today. Kirby said DoD is also flying eight helicopters to Haiti later today.

U.S. Southern Command deploying more humanitarian aid to Haiti
A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo flies over Jamaican waters, August 16.
Two U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1-228 deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to support U.S. Southern Command operations to assist Haiti after a 7.2 earthquake devastated the country.
U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Annabel Monroe.

The USS Arlington, a Navy amphibious ship, — is also sailing to Haiti. The ship, which has an onboard surgical team, carries MH-60 helicopters and landing craft to move supplies to shore. The USNS Burlington will support the relief effort, as will P-8 Poseidon aircraft that will provide aerial coverage to get a clear picture of what the situation looks like on the ground. 

The 14-person assessment team is on the ground in the affected area and will report back to SOUTHCOM. The DoD will work closely with personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, which has two cutters in the adjacent waters. The Coast Guard has sent seven other cutters to the region and is providing aerial support, Kirby said.

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