Small teams of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines landed in northern Haiti Jan. 24 to survey damage and meet with locals to assess the current situation in population centers that had not been evaluated for earthquake damage since relief efforts began last week.
"Don't leave me," said a young Haitian girl, her arms and head bandaged after being badly burned. She reached out to a nearby nurse, "Am I going to die?"
"No, not today. Don't you worry," the nurse said. The girl settled back onto her litter.
Farther down the row of litters a Haitian man was chanting, his breath fogging the oxygen mask over his mouth in urgent gasps. The man, a recent amputee, waved his remaining arm in the air like a preacher before a congregation.
The Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) is supporting relief efforts in the air, at sea and ashore for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
U.S. Navy Capt. Jeffrey T. Griffin, Normandy's commanding officer and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hansen, officer-in-charge of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 Detachment 3 "Screaming Seagulls" spoke to bloggers and blogger journalists during a Jan. 22 "DoDLive" bloggers roundtable.
Normandy arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan.
Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet is coordinating assets in support of search and rescue efforts Jan. 25 at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 409 at the request of the government of Lebanon and U.S. Department of State.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET409 crashed shortly after take-off from Beirut International Airport en route to Ethiopia. Within hours, a U.S.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Two combat controllers from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123d Special Tactics Squadron have been hard at work since arriving here Jan. 16, setting up drop zones and helicopter landing zones, and providing airfield operations and air traffic control at Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport here.
The Airmen are augmenting a special tactics team from the 720th Special Tactics Group, based at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) arrived off the coast of Haiti on Jan. 23, and began providing humanitarian assistance immediately when they received medical casualties from the earthquake-stricken nation.
Nassau was originally scheduled to deploy to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility to support Maritime Security Operations, however after the recent earthquake that decimated the island nation of Haiti the ship was tasked with assisting the U.S.
Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops will be supporting relief efforts in Haiti by Jan. 24, military officials said, adding to the 13,000-strong American force currently there.
Comprising the force will be the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade and thousands of other troops operating afloat off the Haitian coast and on shore, distributing provisions, assisting in medical operations and helping to maintain security.
When calamity strikes and only a trail of desolation remains, no other Marine Air Ground Task Force is better prepared to support a full spectrum of Humanitarian Aid missions than a Marine Expeditionary Unit.