As relief supplies and support continue to pour into Haiti, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Operations Group has been one of the key elements that has helped to ensure a steady flow of help into the areas that need it.
By SOF Editor on Fri, 01/29/2010 - 11:06am
On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.
The ship was fully loaded with food for a maritime security exercise in sub-Saharan Africa when Navy Capt. Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Destroyer Squadron 60, received a call to head to Haiti.
“I don't think you could find a ship that has a better composition of people and things on board for this type of mission,” Thebaud said during a Jan.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:42am
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- A three-person medical team from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center here is providing aeromedical evacuation support to assist victims of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The critical care air transport team, or CCATT, is staging from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. with the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:37am
High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration's custody when the ferry service went bankrupt.
The ships will be under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) during Operation Unified Response.
The ships' main tasks will be to transfer equipment and personnel in the region.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:34am
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Airmen stationed in Japan and other locations around the world joined their Japanese counterparts and sister services to kick off the year's first bilateral exercise Jan. 22, here.
The command post exercise, known as Keen Edge '10, runs until Jan. 27 and is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Forces.
By SOF Editor on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:42am
The only Army Reserve aviation brigade, the 244th Aviation Brigade, has geared up to deploy troops and equipment to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response.
More than 300 Soldiers from 244th Aviation Brigade will deploy today to support humanitarian operations in Haiti. Along with Soldiers, the 244th is sending nine CH-47 Chinook helicopters and four UH-60 Black Hawks.
The CH-47 twin-engine, tandem heavy-lift helicopter is considered the workhorse of the Army and is designed for transportation of cargo and troops.