Vol. I, Issue 4
THE RESPONDER Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story
ca February 24, 2010
Navy teaches Haitians critical medical skills
By MC2 Chelsea Kennedy
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti --
Sailors embarked on the hospi-
tal ship USNS Comfort provid-
ed physical therapy assistance
and subject-matter expert ad-
vice to medical staff members
at St. Damien Hospital here
Comfort also visited the hospi-
tal to assess the medical needs
of the facility and to assist
recovering victims suffering
from injuries resulting from last
“We started sending people
ashore when the need [for
physical therapy] on board the
ship decreased,” said Cmdr.
Deborah Carr, the physical
therapy division officer aboard
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brittany Saulsberry, a hospital corpsman, comforts a young boy before he Comfort.
receives medical treatment Feb. 20 aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort. The boy was brought She went on to say that if those
aboard for treatment of a cancerous infection in his eye and a variety of other life-threatening condi- who have received treatment
tions. Comfort is currently in Haiti supporting Operation Unified Response as a sea-based hospital with
the mission of preventing loss of life, limb or eyesight. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Matthew Jackson) Continued on page 5
Military compensates Haitians
for claims during operation
By Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond — leave a country’s people and their be-
U.S. Southern Command longings intact upon the U.S. military‘s
departure. Its goal is to maintain friendly
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The U.S.
relations through the prompt settlement of
military forces in Haiti are compensating
meritorious claims. The FCA is only valid
individuals for valid accidents or incidents
on foreign ground and has a combat exclu-
sustained by inhabitants or their property
sion. This means, it is only applicable to
caused by the U.S. military or Department
inhabitants of a foreign country and is not
of Defense civilians and contractors during
applied to incidents or accidents occurring
Operation Unified Response, which began
from combat operations.
“Being that Operation Unified Response
“We recognized a long time ago that when
in Haiti is a humanitarian effort, there’s
we’re on foreign soil, we sometimes break
little chance of combat exclusion,” said U.S. Army Capt. Fred Ingram, Joint Task
things,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack Ohl- Force-Haiti operational law attorney and
U.S. Army Capt. Fred Ingram, JTF-H op-
weiler, Joint Task Force-Haiti deputy staff Foreign Claims Commission at the U.S.
erational law attorney, comprising the one-
judge advocate. “It’s important that when embassy, oversees the settlement paid to
man Foreign Claims Commission at the
we do leave this theater, we help to leave a Haitian mother for her 16-year old son,
U.S. embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Feb. 14. Payment must be overseen by a
the people whole.”
charged with investigating each claim. parent or guardian if the recipient is un-
Passed in 1942 when the U.S. was pre- der 21 years old, the legal age of adult-
“From day one, of us arriving in theater, if
paring to enter World War II, the Foreign hood in Haiti.(U.S. Army photo by Senior
Claims Act, was created to do just that Continued on page 6 Airman Andria J. Allmond / SOUTHCOM)
Italians, Brazilians join forces to provide humanitarian relief
By Col. Billy J. Buckner
XVIII Airborne Corps
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Although less publicized, nearly
1,000 Sailors and Soldiers from the Italian aircraft carrier, ITS Ca-
vour, arrived here Jan. 31 joining 30 other nations in providing
humanitarian relief to the Haitian people.
The more than 35 doctors and nurses, to including medical pro-
fessionals from the Brazilian military and the volunteers that man
the ships hospital, have treated approximately 350 patents and per-
formed more than 35 surgeries since their arrival.
Currently the hospital has 15 patients on board, mostly children,
who are receiving orthopedic and pediatrics care.
The Cavour is the first carrier of its class in the Italian navy and
was designed with state-of-the-art equipment and command and
control systems. The ship even comes equipped with a hyperbaric
chamber used to treat acute and chronic conditions.
“We are happy to be involved in this mission,” said Master Chief
Petucco Dario, the ships radio chief. “For what we are doing, it
Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commander, Joint Task Force-Haiti, and Marine is great.”
Sgt. Maj. Louis M. Espinal, command senior enlisted advisor, Joint
About 250 Soldiers assigned to the ship are working from a
Task Force – Haiti, receive a brief from an Italian diver about the
hyperbaric chamber used to treat acute and chronic dive injuries. forward operating base on shore where they are assisting with
(U.S. Army photo by Col. Billy J. Buckner XVIII Airborne Corps) Continued on page 6
JTF-Haiti awaits final World Food Program requirements
By Spc. A. M. LaVey Kane. “We anticipate that when they kick responsibility of distribution and forward-
XVIII Airborne Corps off this next phase of a structured feeding looking planning elements, the need for
program Mar. 1, that there will be very lit- military assistance has been progressively
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The World tle required from the JTF-H.” declining.
Food Program has ended the interim stage The JTF-H, currently with about 12,800 “We are waiting to find out the final re-
of its food distribution program here Feb. American servicemembers in Haiti, has quirements from the World Food Program,
20. been sharing the responsibility for the se- but initial planning states that the specific
“Over 19 million pounds of bulk food ra- curity of the food distribution points with need from the JTF-H are significantly less
tions have been given out to about 2 million the U.N. security forces. than what we had provided in the first and
Haitians thus far,” said Col. Gregory Kane, “They have always been in the lead but we interim phases,” said Kane.
director of operations, JTF-H. “These are have been augmenting them,” said Kane. In the initial phase of the food distribution
14-day rations to families so that they don’t “Though humanitarian assistance and di- program the JTF-H assisted with the secu-
have to worry about food day-to-day. It has saster relief is not what the U.N. forces are rity of all the sites. In the second portion of
been a very successful program.” here for, they have been stepping up their this phase, the JTF-H provided security at
The international community and non- support for these kinds of missions.” four points. In the next stage, further reduc-
governmental organizations, working with All but one of the distribution points were tions are expected.
JTF-H, are fairly practiced by now and they jointly manned with security elements from The JTF-H has also been working with
completed the most recent stage of the pro- both the U.N. and the JTF-H. the U.N., through the International Organi-
gram, mostly without any issues - logistical “We have been helping by secure cer- zation for Migration, to assist the people of
or otherwise. tain distribution points that are outside the Haiti, who have been displaced from their
“There were some glitches but the U.N., U.N.’s ability or those which have exceed- homes, with their need for shelter, especial-
World Food Program and the NGO’s have ed their capacity,” said Kane. ly as the rainy season approaches.
been very adaptive and quick to find them With civilian agencies, NGO’s, and the
and provide solutions to overcome,” said government of Haiti picking up more of the Continued on page 6
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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Haiti, UN, Joint Task Force discuss
Ch. (Lt. Col.) Matthew Pawlikowski
JTF-H Catholic chaplain
issues relating to debris removal
“Congress shall make no law es-
tablishing a religion nor restrict-
ing the free exercise thereof”
~1st Amendment to The Constitution
It sometimes seems strange to
other countries how Americans use
our chaplains. But we Americans
recognize that those who serve in
defense, support, and advancement
of our freedoms should not be re-
quired to give up practice of their
own religious traditions in order to
defend America’s basic principles. In
other words, if our country sends us
away from home to serve, then our
country has an obligation to provide Brig. Gen. Nicolas E. Matern, deputy commanding general - humanitarian assis-
the same opportunities that service tance, Joint Task Force-Haiti, addresses members of the debris management task
members had at home to exercise force. Members of the Government of Haiti met with members of the U.S. and Ca-
their form of worship. To that end: nadian armies and non-governmental agencies to discuss the future of rubble re-
moval Feb. 21. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Andrade / XVIII Airborne Corps)
- The Joint Task Force - Haiti made
a point of bringing an army Catholic By Sgt. Richard Andrade “I have never been involved in a hu-
chaplain to Haiti for the needs of over XVIII Airborne Corps manitarian mission that included the U.N.
25 percent of the force. He roves the and NGO’s, something this complex, this
entire JTF-H area of operations saying PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Members of multi-dimensional, I don’t think that there
Mass fifteen times per week, hearing the Government of Haiti met with mem- have been many examples in history,” said
confessions, and providing counsel. bers of the U.S. and Canadian armies and Fernandez.
He offered Ash Wednesday services non-governmental agencies to discuss the “It’s historic because it’s one of the first
for eight days to ensure Catholics future of rubble removal Feb.21. time where you have various types of non-
and other christians could observe Brig. Gen. Nicolas E. Matern, deputy governmental organizations, military, civil-
the beginning of Lent, the season in commanding general-humanitarian assis- ian, local officials,” said Fernandez.
preparation for the paschal season . tance, Joint Task Force-Haiti, said he was “The purpose of this meeting is to address
- The JTF-H chaplain, a non-de- unaware how complex this debris manage- the safety of certain camps that are critical
nominational Christian, arranged ment task force was going to be, but re- for the regional areas, for cleaning the sew-
for Friday Jewish Shabbat ser- mained optimistic. age canal before the rainy season that be-
vices in the Embassy compound. “It requires a lot of coordination, it re- gins in April,” said Fernandez.
Several other Christian chaplains quires a lot of understanding,” said Matern “Identifying sites where the debris is go-
spent more than two days track- of the mission ahead. ing to be put and recycle the pieces that can
ing down the JTF-H’s cache of ko- The task ahead Matern said, “is going be recycled, processed and put to good use
sher MREs for a Jewish serviceman to get harder, he said of the undertaking at a later date.”
wanting to observe his ordinances. ahead of them, “it is important to remain “The debris management task force start-
- One of our Muslim servicemen focused.” ed a week ago to define objectives, to cre-
wanted to join in Friday afternoon “The international community is realiz- ate independent sub-groups that are work-
juma prayers. The Catholic chaplain, ing that the military has certain things that ing on various aspects of the problems I’ve
as a matter of course, drove him to the it can bring to the table, namely resources, mentioned,” he said.
Jordanian compound and picked him planning capabilities,” said Matern. “It makes it a bit difficult at times because
up after they shared a communal meal. “The Government of Haiti is a critical we don’t all speak the same language but
The legal basis for the Chaplaincy de- component,” Matern said of Haitian gov- given the urgency and given the great need,
rives directly from our founding doc- ernment’s participation, “they are most we will try to make things move nonethe-
uments and the very ideas of freedom helpful, vectoring us in the locations where less.”
cherished by Americans. And wheth- we will have the most impact.” “What we are trying to do here is to take
er one personally believes in God or The cooperation between the agancies, advantage of the momentum of aid and help
not – religious freedom and worship armies and the Government of Haiti has not that Haiti is getting, to try to get some of
is fundamental to being American, been seen and is thought of as historic by these problems that we can address on the
no matter where we serve on earth. Canadian army Capt. Jose Fernandez. short term to be solved,” said Fernandez.
US , Haitian coast guards share unique partnership
By Lt. Gene Maestas
U.S. Coast Guard District Seven
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The people
in Port-au-Prince could see the U.S. Coast
Guard Cutter Forward on the horizon at
dawn the morning after a 7.0 magnitude
earthquake devastated the infrastructure of
Port Au Prince and killed thousands after
the earth shook violently late Tuesday af-
ternoon on January 12, 2010.
The Forward was the first Coast Guard
asset to arrive on scene and was soon fol-
lowed by a Coast Guard C-130 airplane
from Clearwater, Fla., to help provide as-
sessments of the damage. The Coast Guard
Cutters Mohawk and Tahoma arrived the
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak A small boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Legare and a Haitian coast guard pa-
trol boat crew conduct a joint maritime security patrol of Port-Au-Prince Jan. 26, 2010.
anxiously awaited orders to deploy to Haiti Ensign Brian Field and Seaman Tim Fox were embarked on the Haitian coast guard
to assist their friends and colleagues at the patrol boat to support their efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Brian Dykens)
Coast Guard base in Killick.
“We developed a trusting, working relationship with the Haitian program also offers an opportunity for Haitian coast guard mem-
coast guard,” said Cmdr. Michael W. Glander, commanding offi- bers to receive additional training at the Coast Guard Training
cer, CGC Oak. The crew of the Oak has made several trips to Haiti Center in Yorktown, Va. and the Leadership School at the U.S.
to train with them since 2007. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
“It’s a professional exchange that includes engineering and medi- Lambert Jean Rosemond, the chief of operations at the Haitian
cal training,” added Glander. The Haitian coast guard exchange Continued on page 7
malaria-infected mosquito. When a mos- Dengue fever transmission is usually
By Mr. Jesse Martin quito bites an infected person, it ingests seasonal, during and shortly after the rainy
JTF-H Safety microscopic malaria parasites found in the season and the risk of infection is highest
person’s blood. The malaria parasite must near urban centers. Day-flying mosquitoes
We have had four confirmed cases of grow in the mosquito for a week or more transmit dengue fever.
malaria! before infection can be passed to another Symptoms include high fever, severe head-
Before you read this article, have you person. aches, joint and muscle pain, nausea/vom-
taken your Doxy? Applied insect repellent If, after a week, the mosquito then bites iting, and rash. The rash may appear three
to your skin and clothes? Is your area clean, another person, the parasites go from the to four after the onset of fever. Infection is
organized and free of standing water? Have mosquito’s mouth into the person’s blood. diagnosed by a blood test that detects the
you also ensured your battle-buddy/wing- The parasites then travel to the person’s presence of the virus or antibodies. The ill-
man/shipmate has also? liver, enter the liver’s cells, grow and mul- ness may last up to ten days, but complete
There are two main types of vector-borne tiply. During this time when the parasites recovery can take two to four weeks.
diseases we should be concerned with in are in the liver, the person has not yet felt Preventive counter measures include:
Haiti -- malaria and dengue fever. Ma- sick. keeping exposed skin covered, wearing in-
laria is a serious, sometimes fatal, disease The parasites leave the liver and enter red sect repellent, using a product that contains
caused by a parasite. Haiti has the highest blood cells in as little as eight days or up to 20 to 50 percent DEET and sleeping under
malaria case rate among the West Indies. several months. Once inside the red blood a Permethrin-treated bed net.
Night flying mosquitoes carry malaria. cells, the parasites grow and multiply. The These will greatly reduce your chances of
Once infected, symptoms begin 10 days to red blood cells burst, freeing the parasites becoming infected with malaria or dengue
four weeks after infection, although a per- to attack other red blood cells. fever. In addition to the above preventive
son may feel ill as early as eight days or up Toxins from the parasite are then re- measures, taking your daily antibiotics will
to one year later. leased into the blood, making the person greatly reduce your chances of contacting
Humans get malaria from the bite of a feel sick. malaria.
Sailors work together while treating a young boy in the casualty receiving area of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort
Feb. 20. The boy, who the staff aboard has taken to calling Johnnie D, is believed to be an orphan. He was brought aboard for treatment of
a cancerous infection in his eye and a variety of other life-threatening conditions. Comfort is currently in Haiti supporting Operation Unified
Response as a sea-based hospital with the mission of preventing loss of life, limb or eyesight. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Matthew Jackson)
Navy Without the knowledge that these Sailors
Continued from page 1 are providing, many of the patients would
not understand what is required of them to
don’t perform physical therapy “The joints maintain their mobility for the future.
can freeze to the point where a person will “We gave handouts for the exercises that
not have a functional range of motion in they need to maintain or improve their
their joints.” strength, or amputation care for those who
In addition to working with the patients have lost limbs,” said Hospital Corpsman
at the hospital, Comfort sailors shared their 2nd Class James Abbington. “We are teach-
valuable knowledge with the hospital staff ing patients to help themselves by showing
and clinic workers. them how to wrap their own amputations
“The Sailors are doing a little bit of [phys- and check for infections.”
ical therapy] work with patients,” Carr said. Physical therapy is a key factor in the
“They are also working with some of the recovery process for orthopedic and ampu-
civilian facilities to help them learn things tation surgeries. It ensures that patients do
that they can do to help.” not get atrophy from sitting or lying down
Many of the doctors, technicians and for extended periods of time.
nurses working at the after care facilities do “Most of them just need to start walk-
not have personnel specialized in providing ing again so they can function in everyday USNS Comfort Sailor Lt. Toinette Evans em-
physical therapy. life,” Abbington said. braces a young child in the pediatric ward
“We’re not going to be able to turn them With proper physical therapy techniques of St. Damien Hospital in Port-au-Prince,
Haiti. Sailors embarked aboard Comfort
all into physical therapy technicians,” Carr patients can shorten their recovery time
visited the local hospital to assess medical
said. dramatically, have much better muscle needs of the facility and assist recovering
“Using every little tool they have in the tool function, and livelife with a greater sense patients with their rehabilitation process.
box to help the patients is a good thing.” of normality. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Chelsea Kennedy)
Compensation method attempts to protect the individual picked up about 70 Brazilian civilian doc-
Continued from page 1 or family receiving the money. tors and nurses and military health profes-
“We don’t want to put these people in sionals who were integrated into the task
we caused damaged, we’ll compensate the harms way by having other people see us force’s mission. In addition, two Brazilian
individual appropriately.” putting cash into their hands, “ said U.S. helicopters were loaded on to the carrier.
Currently, there are approximately 40 Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dan Kazmier, Besides performing their normal duties,
claims being tracked with 25 incidents be- JTF-H staff judge advocate. “We’ve put many of the crew members volunteer to go
ing investigated for settlement. together a great team to go out and do this. into the towns to help repair and fix items
The process for compensation occurs in We even have [U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frantz for residents.
three steps. Vitale] to help us translate and ease any “Everyone wants to help,” said Dario.
First, if the FCC is available, he will go to apprehension the Creole-speaking Haitian This morning we went into town to help
the site and begin the investigation -- tak- may have while we are in the process of make repairs to the museum.”
ing pictures, talking to people, gathering paying them.” Capt. Gianluigi Reversi, the command-
evidence and taking statements. If the FCC Aside from the ability to speak the native ing officer of the Cavour, commented that
is unable to travel to the location of the al- tongue, Vital brings his homestation expe- servicemembers of the task force are pro-
leged accident, the claiming party is given rience into the process. viding assistance to all people who have
a paper containing contact information, “As a litigation attorney, I’m used to serious problems and require special treat-
along with the address and date to meet mediating and negotiating with opposing ment.
with the FCC. sides,” said Vital, JTF-H legal assistance The Cavour set sail for Haiti Jan 19 from
Second, if the investigation proves the chief and originally from Haiti. “Generally, La Spezia, Italy. This is the first mission
case is invalid, the claim is denied. If the I advocate for the claimant party. Here, I for the carrier and its crew.
claim proves warranted, the FCC deter- am negotiating for the government. There- Asked when they will depart Haiti, Re-
mines a fair amount of compensation. He fore, in my position, I am familiar with versi said, they would remain on station as
conducts research, sometimes calling upon both sides.” long as directed by the Government of Ita-
local physicians or contractors, to assist Kazmier said Vital facilitates the pro- ly. “We are here to help restart the regular
in determining the monetary value of the cess significantly with his experience and lives of the Haitian people. It is an interna-
damage based upon local standards. strengths, making it run smoothly for both tional cooperation,” said Reversi.
“We have to assess the value of the dam- sides.
Along with Ingram as the responsible Food Program
age or injury, which can be difficult since
FCC and Vitale as the Creole-translating Continued from page 2
this is not a mature theater,” said Ingram.
“Proving someone has ownership of a ve- international affairs agent, the team boasts
hicle or house for example, doesn’t always Ohlweiler, also an FCC, and Sgt. 1st Class “The IOM is going through and assessing
mean they have the paperwork to confirm Matthew Nelson, JTF-H human resources what the equipments are and if they need
it. Sometimes, it involves going into the senior noncommissioned officer in-charge, assistance of the JTF-H distributing tents or
neighborhoods and asking the individual’s serving the role as pay agent. shelters they will make that request,” said
neighbors what belongs to whom. Com- “Before we even got boots-on-ground, we Kane. “We have assisted them by handing
pensating someone for lost wages due to knew that this was something we’d have to out tarps and transporting shelters.”
injury may involve finding the person who confront right away,” said Ingram. Because of the U.S. military’s inimi-
treated them, wherever that treatment was “Our military not only wants to help the table abilities, “we were able to respond
rendered, and then contacting civil affairs Haitians rebuild their country from the dev- quickly, assisting with manpower, medical
to determine the value of their daily labor. astation caused by the earthquake, we also assistance, and rotary wing aircraft,” said
We end up doing a lot of research, as well want to help maintain what these resilient Kane.
as consulting with the locals, to measure people still have. If members of the JTF-H “Over the ensuing 41 days we have seen
how much things are worth.” damage something, it’s our responsibility an increased capacity of NGO distributing
Lastly, the offer is made to the claimant. to make things right.” their own goods, we’ve seen the port come
“We make them the offer,” said Captain In- back and the airport arise from chaos to re-
gram. “We’re not trying to do any injustice Italians open.”
here; we do what’s fair in our own estima- Continued from page 2 “We still have some unique capabilities
tion.” that we provide, that the international com-
The Army captain said thus far, the of- rubble removal, cleaning streets, repairing munity doesn’t, so we will provide those as
fers have proven agreeable to the claiming churches and schools and working with required,” said Kane. “We will remain here
parties. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne as long as the Haitian government needs
Paying the affected party is done privately Division Soldiers and non-governmental us and wants us to be here, and as long as
by a four-person squad near U.S. embassy agencies in the area. there is a mission here to be performed,”
grounds or at the recipient‘s home. This Prior to arriving in Haiti, the Cavour said Kane.
POSTCARD FROM HAITI
CARREFOUR, Haiti -- A young man receives a bag of rice from a distribution point set up by the United Nations
and is guarded by both U.N. and U.S. forces, both of whom are providing humanitarian relief to the Haitian peo-
ple affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake. Various (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Andrade / XVIII Airborne Corps)
Coast Guard tion by the Coast Guard liaison officer in Defense program Project Hand Clasp.
Continued from page 4 Haiti, Cmdr. Evan Grant. Lambert said The following day the Oak headed to Mi-
Grant was at the Killick base around 5 ami to take on medical supplies provided
coast guard base in Killick, has attended p.m. the afternoon the earthquake hit and by the Coast Guard clinic and 12,800 bot-
several training missions in the United worked until 7 a.m. the next morning. tles of water donated by Pepsi. Two Coast
States and has the plaques and certificates According to Lambert, Grant began pro- Guard Creole speaking interpreters also
lining the wall in his office that this. One viding medical treatment to the crowds of joined the crew in Miami.
of his most significant achievements was injured who came to the base looking for The following day the crew of the Oak
completing Officer Candidate School in help. arrived in Haiti and caught up with the
1999. The next day, the Tahoma embarked a crew of the Tahoma to provide medical as-
Lambert said, “The United States govern- team to the Killick base and also provided sistance for the injured at the Haitian coast
ment has provided a lot of support to the medical assistance to the injured who were guard base in Killick.
Haitian coast guard.” seeking help. Lambert indicated there “The crew said this is the most rewarding
To this date, 80 Haitian coast guard mem- were hundreds of people who came to the thing they have ever done,” said Glander.
bers have studied in the United States. The base looking for help. He told his crew to The crew of Tahoma also helped to estab-
Haitian coast guardsmen also train with the take care of their families first - and then to lish a landing field so helicopters could
crew of the Oak as least twice a year and come back to work. evacuate the seriously injured to the USNS
were making preparations for their next On the evening of the earthquake, the Comfort and other locations for treatment.
training opportunity. crew of the Oak began making prepara- The assistance to the Haitian coast guard
Two Oak crewmen were already in Haiti tions to deploy to Haiti. The next day they is greatly appreciated by the Haitian coast
making assessments to determine areas of left their homeport of Charleston, S.C., and guard crew.
focus for their next professional exchange headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to load equip- “It is a pleasure to work with the US
when the earthquake hit. ment for aids-to-navigation work and relief Coast Guard and we will continue, we are
The crewmen were found in good condi- supplies provided by the Department of family,” Lambert added.