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U.S. forces in Haiti to grow to 20,000

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.

Ospreys provide MEU's a new tool for Humanitarian Aid missions

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.

Carl Vinson Receives MEDEVAC, Mass Casualty

Approximately 20 medically evacuated personnel from Haiti and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Jan. 21 and the medical team activated the ship's walking blood bank. Volunteer Sailors on board make up the walking blood bank. Those Sailors are willing to provide blood in the event of a mass casualty or other medical emergency. The medical team put the call out over the ship's announcing system for A-negative and O- negative blood types. Medical team members initially triaged the patients whose injuries range from abdominal pain to fractures.

Pendleton hosts 2010 Rifle and Pistol Intramural Matches

The 2010 Camp Pendleton Rifle and Pistol Intramural Matches culminated with an award ceremony held at the Camp Horno range complex, Jan. 15.

The event was organized by the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Operations and Training marksmanship training branch and included the participation of 42 Marines from various units on base.

Army aid flows to Haiti from halfway around the world

When disaster struck Haiti, relief and humanitarian agencies around the world quickly looked to see if they could locate ways to provide a clean water supply among other basic life necessities. Jan. 18, members of 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) were quickly putting together pallets of humanitarian aid support of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) U.S.

Altus sends six C-17s for Operation Unified Response

The 97th Air Mobility Wing launched six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 58th Airlift Squadron Jan. 17 and 18 here to assist with the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti, Operation Unified Response. Altus AFB officials answered the call for help with 50 aircrew personnel who will deliver aid in the form of medical evacuations and life sustaining supplies. Accompanying the aircrew are 13 C-17 maintainers to keep the aircraft readily available for the constant sorties it will take to provide relief to the island nation, which was ravaged by an earthquake Jan.

McChord deploys fourth C-17 in Haiti relief

The role of McChord Airmen in Haiti relief operations continued to grow Jan. 18 with the dispatch of a fourth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The aircraft departed for Pope Air Force Base, N.C., to take on specialized teams and relief supplies for immediate transport into Haiti's Toussaint L' Ouverture International Airport. Airmen were then to airlift evacuees back to the U.S. McChord AFB Airmen are contributing to the national effort to alleviate suffering and save lives in the Caribbean nation through efforts that began Jan. 16, when Airmen operating from the U.S.

USS Bataan Receives MEDEVAC, Treats Three Injured Haitians

Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) received two medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopters at approximately 8:15 p.m. Jan. 19, with three injured Haitians aboard who received immediate medical care from the Bataan medical team. U.S.

JTF-Bravo deploys medical personnel to support Haiti disaster relief

A team of Joint Task Force-Bravo medical personnel deployed Jan. 17, in support of disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake Jan. 12. Twenty-three members JTF-B medical element departed for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they will provide critical medical support to Joint Task Force-Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response, the joint U.S. military disaster relief mission there. "The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen on our medical element team are ready and eager to help Haiti," said Col.

Bataan, 22nd MEU, Amphibious Ready Group arrive off Haiti Coast

The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and embarked elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Haiti Jan. 19 to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for earthquake survivors and bolster relief operations already underway in support of Operation Unified Response. MEU and ARG leadership met with Rear Adm. Ted Branch, Commander, USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and his staff on board Vinson to discuss future operations. According to 22nd MEU commanding officer, Col. Gareth F.

Fort Bragg Soldiers continue humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti

As of Monday, Fort Bragg Soldiers have distributed more than 3,600 gallons of bottled water, 14,400 meals, adding to the combined total of 54,738 pounds of supplies and equipment to Haitian citizens in the wake of last week's catastrophic earthquake, which has brought massive destruction and death to the small island country. According to Fort Bragg officials, the post has deployed 896 Soldiers, including those from the XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and other Fort Bragg units that are now attached to the corps.

Florida Guard Establishes Flight Center for Haiti

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Jan. 18, 2010 – The Florida Air National Guard's 101st Air and Space Operations Group here is paving the way for air operations in the emergency response to Haiti.  Florida Guardsmen have been working to assist the Haitian government, Federal Aviation Administration, and U.S. Southern Command in coordinating the flow of supplies into Haiti’s Port-au-Prince Airport since Jan.

Comfort Staff Readies for Haitian Patients

As the hospital ship USNS Comfort continues its race south to Haiti, sailors aboard the vessel race to get the facilities ready for the expected patients. The Comfort, bulling its way through stormy seas, will receive another 350 medical personnel and support staff when it reaches the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, Navy Capt. (Dr.) Jim Ware, commander of the medical treatment facility. This, he explained, will allow the staff to double the number of operating rooms. The staff wants 11 operating rooms ready upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, expected to be Jan. 21.

USS Carl Vinson Arrives in Haiti

ABOARD USS CARL VINSON IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA, Jan. 15, 2010 – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, today to begin humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.  “Our initial focus is to concentrate on saving lives while providing first-responder support to the people of Haiti,” said Navy Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, commander of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and of the sea-based portion of the Navy’s humanitarian-support mission in the earthquake-stricken nation.