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The official newsletter for the Joint Task Force - Haiti.

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    • Vol. 1 Issue 2 THE RESPONDER Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story a ll t od u ty ca February 17, 2010 Airmen continue to fly Predator missions over Haiti Marines stand vigilant at U.S. embassy in Haiti By Airman 1st Class Sondra Escutia 49th Fighter Wing HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- Members of the 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron con- tinue to maintain RQ-1 Predators from here and Creech Air Force Base, Nev., to provide reconnaissance to troops helping with Haiti relief efforts in sup- By Sgt. Richard Andrade and humidity to assist the Haitian police port of Operation Unified Response. XVIII Airborne Corps forces making sure the crowds outside the This is the first real-world mission for embassy do not get unruly. 849th AMXS Airmen since the squad- PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.S. Ma- “I make sure they are hydrating while ron stood up only four months ago. rines train to protect American embas- they are on their guard shift, maintain- “The 849th only stood up in October, sies around the world, and when the 7.0 ing accountability of their equipment and we’ve already been tasked with magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, and make sure their morale is high,” said a real-world contingency operation,” the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Gunnery Sgt. Fernando Elallanos, platoon said Master Sgt. Marlin Tatom, the 49th was called in to assist their fellow Marines sergeant for Alert Contingency Platoon 6, AMXS production superintendent and already guarding the U.S. embassy here. 1st FAST, Norfolk, Va. Continued on page 6 The Marines have to endure the heat Continued on page 7 Haitians find inspiration aboard hospital ship By MC2 Shannon Warner USNS Comfort USNS COMFORT, At Anchor - The crew of the military sealift command hospital ship USNS Comfort gathered on the mess deck Feb. 12 to hold a service of remembrance and hope honor- ing those affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devas- tated the country one month ago. What started as a solemn service to remember the nearly 200,000 people who lost their lives and 300,000 injured in the earthquake turned to inspirational singing led by Haitian patients and their escorts. “It really motivated and inspired me,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Rasheda Anderson, a surgical technician in the operat- ing room here. Red Cross workers Simpson St. Fort and Rev. Noster Montas lead “It really gave me hope and made me believe in the mission Haitian patients and Navy personnel in song during a service of re- even more. It really touched me inside and seemed to bring up membrance and hope held on the mess decks aboard USNS Com- fort. Comfort is in Haiti supporting Operation Unified Response, everyone’s morale and spirits. providing medical care and humanitarian aid to those affected by The chaplains, Red Cross workers and patients felt a service the Jan. 12 earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Shannon Warner) that conveyed a feeling of hope that today is better than yesterday Continued on page 6
    • TOP RESPONSE Deputy commander discusses role of U.S. forces in Haiti By Sgt. Richard Andrade XVIII Airborne Corps PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, deputy commanding general, Joint Task Force - Haiti and XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., , talked about the U.S. military’s role in Haiti at the Amercan embassy here Feb. 1. “The primary role of the U.S. military,” said Allyn, “is to deliver lifesaving, life-sustaining aid to the victims of the earthquake, and to assist in establishing the conditions for essential services to be restored, to focus on delivering critical medical assistance to pre- earthquake levels and to ensure that there is a distribution system in place to bring shelter food and water to the people of Haiti in a way that sustains their needs while we are here and after we are gone with systems that are sufficient to the task.’” he said. “In order for us to get to that point, we are partnering with non- governmental organizations, the United Nations, and the Govern- ment of Haiti to ensure that the capabilities that are need are in place to continue to deliver the needs to the people,” Allyn said. “We are principally here to provide humanitarian assistance,” he said. “Security is an inherent need in delivery of humanitarian as- sistance, the United Nations is very capably the lead force security here,” he said. “They’ve done a superb job, they respond aggres- sively and agilely when reaction forces are needed to groups of Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, deputy commanding general, citizens that maybe come unruly at different points in time.” Joint Task Force - Haiti and XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort “I think overall that we all feel that we are making progress in Bragg, N.C., spoke with media at the American embassy in Haiti,” said Allyn, “Each day is better than the day before.” Port-au-Prince about the role of the U.S. military here. (U.S. “We can’t go fast enough,” he said, “while we recognize that Army photo by Sgt. Richard Andrade XVIII Airborne Corps) Continued on page 6 All of you collectively will make his- JTF-H warriors make history tory here in Haiti – remember that also. Regardless of where you stand (afloat Sgt. Maj. Louis M. Espinal or on the ground), you are making a dif- JTF-Haiti /SOUTHCOM Cmd Sr Enlisted Advisor ference with the Haitian people during their hour of need – remember that too. Friday marked the 30th day when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake Remember all those things when you struck the Nation of Haiti -- pummeling its infrastructure and dev- are feeling tired and hungry, missing astating its people. your loved ones, or question our purpose On behalf of General Fraser, commander, U.S. Southern Com- and resolve here in Haiti. Those things mand, and Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commander, JTF-Haiti, I would like I just spoke about will be your external Espinal to thank each one of you for your exemplary performance thus far in support of the Haitian people during their hour of need. fuel when your tank has run dry. ‘Haiti’ will be part of your story- Regardless of your service component or occupational specialty, telling book for a lifetime. you are all warriors in your own right. That said, there are only I ask two things of you as your command sergeant major: that you two places for warriors to be in the world…and you’re in one of do your job – your job is not only important to us, but also to the to them – remember that. the Haitian people and that you take care of one another. THE RESPONDER Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story ac al l to du ty The Responder is an electronic newsletter published every Wednesday and Saturday for the Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Airmen and Marines of JTF-Haiti. Commander JTF-Haiti Lt. Gen. P. K. (Ken) Keen Responder Staff: The editor can be reached at The Responder Command Senior Enlisted Advisor JTF-Haiti Sgt. Maj. Louis M. Espinal Editor Sgt. Richard Andrade office located in the LSA Dragon Sustainment JTF-Haiti Public Affairs Officer Col. Billy J. Buckner Public Affairs Specialist Spc. A.M. LaVey tent, by phone: 797-7009 and or by email: JTF-Haiti Public Affairs Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Sharon Opeka richard.andrade@us.army.mil This newspaper is an authorized publication for the members of Joint Task Foce-Haiti. Content of The Responder are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government. or the Department of Defense. The Responder is an unofficial publication authorized by Army Regulation 360-1. Editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs office of Joint Task Force-Haiti. The Responder is an electronic newsletter distributed by the JTF-H PAO. All photos are Department of Defense unless otherwise credited.
    • International community rallies for Haiti relief By Sgt. Richard Andrade XVIII Airborne Corps PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Nearly one month after the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12, the recovery ef- fort has become an international, inter- agency event. “This is truly an international effort,” said Ambassador Louis Lucke, special coordinator for relief and reconstruction for Haiti. “We have effective participa- tion from many friends of Haiti and from around the world, like the United Nations and from a number of other non-govern- mental organizations in carrying out this program of assistance.” Lucke credits the U.S. military for much of the progress. “We have achieved and benefited greatly from the cooperation of Lt. Gen. P. K. Ken Keen, deputy commanding general, U.S. Southern Command, and com- the U.S. military forces. Their capabilities mander, Joint Task Force-Haiti and Ambassador Louis Lucke, special coordinator for relief and level of cooperation are really incred- and reconstruction for Haiti answer questions from the international and Haitian press ible,” he said. outside of the American Embassy Feb. 10. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Andrade) “The U.S. military was called on to rescue from the international community from here on into the future.” support the U.S. Agency for International became a priority. International relief efforts will continue Development, the lead agency for our “The first day after the earthquake was as Haiti rebuilds. government, in these relief efforts,” said rescue, Lucke said. “We brought in teams “This is truly an international effort,” Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commanding general, from all over the United States. Many oth- said Keen, “with the focus on unity of Joint Task Force - Haiti and deputy com- er countries did the same, and we focused effort and providing much needed relief manding general, U.S. Southern Com- on immediate relief efforts including food, assistance to the people of Haiti. mand. water, and medical attention.” The multi-nation, non-governmental “We responded immediately with several Lucke said the involvement of the Hai- agencies and the U.S. forces have accom- key tasks,” said Keen, “to immediately tian government in the relief efforts has plished much, but still have a long way to save lives and provide emergency assis- been tremendous. go. tance to those that were struggling to meet “There has been a great deal of very Lucke said, ‘This Haiti mission is a huge the needs of the Haitian people.” visible and effective Haitian leadership,” undertaking and it is going to take time. Immediately after the earthquake, Lucke said, “The participation and leader- There will be pockets of need, but we will humanitarian aid delivery and search and ship of the government of Haiti is essential identify the needs and address them.” Medics gain valuable training, experience during Haiti relief assisted with the disaster relief, but “the By Spc. A.M. LaVey XVIII Airborne Corps injuries that we are seeing now are not earthquake related injuries but normal PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – For the routine care,” said Westover. Fort Bragg, N.C.-based enlisted medical “Our medics have been performing personnel assigned to the Joint Task Force amazingly, they are getting the training –Haiti, Operation Unified Response has and experience with the NGO doctors – been a tremendous learning experience the experience and the lessons that they and training opportunity. are learning, you could not pay for back “Our medics have been working with in the States,” said Westover. “It has been nongovernmental organizations, seeing amazing; it would take years for someone 100 - 300 patients per day,” said Com- to learn all that they have learned here in Spc. Joshua Graff, a healthcare specialist mand Sgt. Maj. James Westover, senior this small amount of time.” with the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regi- ment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd enlisted advisor, 1st Squadron, 73rd Cav- “They work hard, running day and night. Airborne Division, supports a 14-year alry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, It is a busy operation, but they are sticking old boy while the boy’s injuries are being 82nd Airborne Division. through it. They feel a great level of ac- cleaned and redressed . (U.S. Army photo by Spc. A.M. LaVey, XVIII Airborne Corps) When the squadron first arrived, they Continued on page 6 3
    • CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Nations unite to provide medical assistance to Haiti Ch. (Lt. Col.) Matthew Pawlikowski JTF-H Catholic chaplain “When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was thirsty, you slaked my thirst. Medical volunteers from Germany, the Netherlands, as well as Homeless, you sheltered me. Naked, groups from the United States, are working together to provide aid you clothed me. Ill, and you cared for to Haitian citizens at the Community Hospital in Port au Prince, Hai- me.” ti. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Roach XVIII Airborne Corps) ~Matthew 25:31-46 By Staff Sgt. Stephen Roach Pichierri and her husband were asked XVIII Airborne Corps to volunteer for the mission when they “She has done a good thing . . . PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Medical went to drop off supplies for Haiti because in preparing my body for burial.” volunteers from a number of countries there were no pharmacists at the site and ~Matthew 26:6-13 are working together to provide aid someone was needed to go through the to Haitian citizens at the Community pharmaceutical supplies. Right from the start, chaplains on Hospital here. When the volunteers started arriving at USNS Comfort were working with the The majority of the medical profes- the small hospital, acute injuries were be- imjured, as the medics who were tending sionals and supplies are from the U.S. ing treated. The 70-bed hospital had more to peoples’ bodily wounds. Virgin Islands. There are a number of than 400 people inside needing treatment. With blood still dripping, they prayed volunteers from Germany, the Nether- The staff conducted a number of major for the injured and gave final commen- lands, and the U.S. surgeries ranging from treating bi-lateral dation to the dead. Bethaney Pichierri, a pharmacist fractures to amputations. Chaplains on the ground were immedi- from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Is- David Roderick, a paramedic from ately involved in their units’ distribution lands, said, the aid workers have gone Philadelphia, said, “You would take them points, where food, water, medicine and through more than eight tons of sup- out of the OR and put them in the hall on shelter were being supplied. plies in just three weeks. a mat, because you didn’t have any space. In working with the population they When asked where the funding comes There were beds everywhere and mattress- met with local priests and pastors, to from she said, “We are private citizens. es everywhere, but literally all we could learn their needs, and got useful infor- All of us from the U.S. Virgin Islands. do was put the rest on mats.” mation and assitance to help coordinat- We asked our neighbors to give and Roderick said the number of procedures ing JTF-H efforts. Cape Air donated the plane that comes peaked early on. “At one point we were A rhythm developed in the JTF-H where in with supplies and doctors.” doing 90 surgeries a day,” he said. “We regular religous services and studies are “We don’t have an organization, had six operating rooms going simultane- being put in place to strengthen the spir- we’re just people,” she said. ously.” its of those who exhaust themselves in The types of supplies needed are The hospital treated more subacute service to our needy brothers and sisters changing as the priorities for medical injuries in the weeks after the quake, like in this damaged island country. care change. strokes and infections. It is a sacred honor and indeed, duty for “The first week we focused on ampu- The volunteer medical staff is also trying chaplains to assist the Haitians in their tations, but now we are using a lot of to prepare the hospital to become a better time of need. casting supplies,” she said. health care provider overall. Roderick 4 Continued on page 7
    • Servicemembers remember fallen Airman By Spc. A. M. LaVey food, no water, and no roof XVIII Airborne Corps over their head, but some- how they find it within them- PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti selves to smile at us and say — Exactly thirty days after ‘thank you,’” said Keen. the devastating earthquake He continued, “we see it that rocked this country, both in the women who come the Republic of Haiti and the through the distribution United States of America lines, as our paratroopers, paused today to remember Marines and airmen lift, what those who had perished in to some would be the weight the disaster. of the world, 100 pounds of At Logistic Support Area rice on their shoulders, they Dragon, next to the Ameri- smile and say ‘thank you’ - can embassy, servicemem- they don’t ask a lot.” bers from six of the uni- “I ask every single one of formed services, along with us to dedicate ourselves as officers from allied nations we go about our duties here, and Department of Defense in the embassy, or out there civilian personnel, joined in the cities delivering aid,” together to remember one of said Keen, “and remember their own. those who have served and Air Force Lt. Col. Ken keep in mind the price that Bourland, 37, of Birming- some have paid.” ham, Ala., was the Carib- Our nation asks a lot of our bean desk officer for the servicemembers and even U.S. Southern Command, more of their families, said visiting Haiti Jan. 12 for an Keen. official meeting with Haitian Before the shrine of a fallen defense and security coun- warrior: the tags that identify terparts. the fallen, the combat boots Bourland was in his room which signify the final march at the Hotel Montana when of the final battle, along with the earthquake struck at 4:52 the inverted rifle and bayo- p.m. Jan. 12. His remains net both symbolizing a time were found at the Hotel to cease the battle and pause Montana here Feb. 7 after to remember a comrade, more than three weeks of Marine Sgt. Maj. Louis M. search and rescue efforts. Espinal, the command se- U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ken nior enlisted advisor for Keen, deputy commander JTF-H and SOUTHCOM, of SOUTHCOM and com- stood before the formation, manding general of the Joint Marine Sgt. Maj. Louis M. Espinal, command senior enlisted advisor for the called them to attention and Task Force – Haiti, led a Joint Task Force – Haiti and the U.S. Southern Command, kneels before a sounded role call. shrine of a fallen warrior at the memorial service held for Air Force Lt. Col. group of his peers and com- Kenneth Bourland at Logistic Support Area Dragon here Feb. 12. (U.S. When Espinal got to Bour- rades in a memorial service, Army photo by Senior Airman Andria Allmond / SOUTHCOM Public Affairs) land’s name there was no paying tribute to the fallen answer. airman. husband, Keen said. Again, his name was called. “Ken Bourland was an airman, a pilot, “We have fulfilled that promise,” said And the third time, Bourland still did not and a professional in everyway,” said Keen. Keen. “She also asked in the same breath, respond. “On the day of 12 January he was fulfilling that we dedicate everyday to helping the The hot, dusty air was filled with the his duties as a foreign area officer, doing people of Haiti and complete this mission sound of a bugle playing taps and like something that he loved.” that he was here on - and that is what we Bourland would have wished, the mission Bourland’s wife Peggy visited the site do every day.” continued. of the Hotel Montana, met with Keen and “We look at the children here and we Funeral services in the U.S. were Tues- asked him to not return home without her see their smiles, even though they have no day. 5
    • CONTINUATION ity on behalf of the people of Haiti since combining assets from both the 432nd Air Allyn continued from page 2 we arrived and we will continue to do so Expeditionary Wing and the 849th AMXS, as long as that need is there and as long as we are able to get the job done.” progress is being made, we are reaching we can help to deliver the capability that is The two squadrons are working hand-in- more people, we are feeding families for needed. hand to provide Predator sorties over Haiti two weeks at a time now, rather than just “The desire to help the people of Haiti, to daily, giving commanders on the ground surviving a day at a time” deliver emergency supplies and capability, a comprehensive view of the area in near- Allyn said the military is identifying the is something we know we can do, he said. real time. longer term needs of the people and the “We know we have the logistics infrastruc- “They use the capability for security, lo- Government of Haiti ture, we have the reach, and we deliver that cating fires and finding survivors,” Tatom “Over 16 buildings that belonged to the in support of the U.S. government agencies said. “They are strictly for reconnaissance Government of Haiti were destroyed by the and the U.N. agencies here very effectively work.” earthquake,” Allyn said. “We have been for the people of Haiti.” Because the 849th AMXS is a training trying to identify alternate facilities that the When asked about how he feels about squadron, the humanitarian deployment Government of Haiti can use to restore its helping the Haitian people, he said, “I think has not affected RPA operations in Iraq governmental capacity.” I share the sentiments of every American and Afghanistan, but has given Hollo- When asked about the military’s goals in and everyone in the international commu- man Airmen an opportunity to learn in a the long run, Allyn said, “We’ve been going nity, that is, to deliver what is needed to situation where the operations tempo is around to critical infrastructure sites like the people of Haiti by the most expeditious approximately 400 percent greater than hospitals, telecommunications, power sub- means we can.” home station training, Tatom said. stations and providing expertise necessary Allyn said, “When you see American Sol- “We’ve taken a group of individuals that to assess both the immediate damage and diers assisting people to provide the sup- are used to the one-sortie-a-day tempo that the long term improvement that needs to be plies that they need to survive and to live we had at Holloman AFB flying training done to restore the essential capacity of the and to thrive, you can’t help but to feel missions,” he said. “We’ve gone from fly- government to govern for the people.” good about the compassion with which ing one 10-hour sortie at Holloman AFB “We intend to ensure that there is a solid they are delivering the emergency aid, the to flying two 22-hour sorties over Haiti, plan that the government is comfortable commitment they have to do it as fast as and these guys have just really pulled with,” he said, “and then we will assist in humanly possible and the cooperation that through.” helping to identify the right capability to is going on between the non-governmental meet the needs for the people and the Gov- organizations, the U.S. government agen- Comfort ernment of Haiti.” cies and the United Nations. This is truly is continued from page 1 “The desire to get supplies immediately to an international effort with the sole purpose and tomorrow will be better than today, the people in need which is the overall pur- of helping the people of Haiti,” he said. would be beneficial to everyone on pose that we are trying to achieve is some- “We are here to get the job done, and we board the ship. thing that is shared by everybody involved are here until they tell us our services are “This service was important for every- here,” Allyn said. “There is no confusion no longer needed,” said Allyn. one who has been through so much,” about why we are here and what we are try- said command chaplain David Oravec. ing to do.” Predator “We wanted to start the service When asked about supply and demand is- continued from page 1 somber and reflective and end on a note of sues, Allyn replied, “You are going to have Holloman team chief, during a telephone hope.” friction as you have a high priority need to interview from his deployed location. The memorial was attended by service be met, but we work through that very ef- “That’s a big deal for us at the 849th. This members, civilian volunteers, and fectively and I think the people of Haiti feel is a big deal for the entire Predator com- Haitian patients who were well enough the effects that are being delivered by the munity because we’ve practiced going out to attend with their escorts.The service united front of the non-governmental or- into the field and setting up on an airfield included prayers and singing as well as the ganizations, United Nations, United States in a situation exactly like this.” public reading of a letter of appreciation Agency for International Development, and The Airmen who support and maintain from a former patient. the Department of Defense as a supporting the remotely-piloted aircraft from Hol- “I know if you weren’t here, many of us and enabling arm for this effort. loman AFB teamed up with members of would be dead,” wrote former “I was at a food distribution point yester- the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing out of patient Leveille Valmir. The note contined day and there certainly was no disappoint- Creech AFB to support 82nd Airborne Sol- on to say, “This is the biggest proof of ment in the NGO that was supporting it. diers and Marines on the ground in Haiti. love the U.S. could offer the USAID and certainly the people of Haiti “Our crew chiefs and specialists are Haitian people. You have given us life.” were appreciative of what was being deliv- integrated at the individual level,” Tatom Prayers were lead by Comfort’s chap- ered on their behalf,” he said. said. “I call it the ‘Team Predator’ concept. lains and Red Cross volunteer Rev. “We are in the production business,” Al- Neither squadron could have supported Noster Montas. Singing was lead by The lyn said. “We’ve been producing capabil- this deployment by ourselves, but by Joyful Noise Choir and Red Cross 6
    • CONTINUATION translator Simpson St. Fort. to have the Marines here. “Whether it is needed on the ground, he said, “Right “It was really inspirational. I felt my one person or twelve people, they shake now we need more general stuff. Initially eyes get watery,” Anderson said. our hands, or they tell us, ‘We love you,’ it was a lot of orthopedic stuff, but the The ceremony ended with a benediction ‘Thank you for being here,’” he said. orthopedic needs have died down. The lead by Comfort chaplain John Franklin. The Haitian mission was an unpredict- guys that are doing all of the surgeries this Just as with the small service held on the able one, and many servicemembers did week are plastic surgeons because they mess decks portrays, the American people not know what to expect, but just by the are doing a lot of wound debris removal. are committed to providing aid to the Marine’s presence alone, both Haitians We need a lot of physical therapists and people of Haiti so they can be self-suffi- and Americans feel safe walking to and general practitioners.” cient once again. from and working in the embassy. One of the most needed specialties is eye care. Marines Medical aid According to Pichierri there have been continued from page 1 continued from page 4 several eye surgeries including remov- Marines have to maintain their military said, “Some of the things we have treated als and a cornea replacement. Roderick bearing and be patient with the people are going to require long term solutions. added that they are treating a little girl in that are in the crowded line outside of the We have a lot of external fixates. There desperate need of someone that can do a embassy eager to get inside. is a lot of wound care. We’re going to have complicated eye surgery that could save at “Discipline is the biggest thing that you to treat that. There is a tremendous need least part of her vision. have to maintain with the platoon, and for physical therapy bringing in physical “I’ve got a little girl who’s got a badly that falls on the platoon sergeant,” said therapists and then prosthetics. There is infected eye. She’s probably going to lose Elallanos. going to be a long term plan that we’ll put that eye, I don’t think there is much ques- “The Marines are not only providing in place that will serve those needs.” tion of that but if we don’t get that eye out security for the embassy but providing The question of how all of these vol- she’ll probably lose the other eye as well.” security for the Haitian-American citizens unteers ended up at this small hospital That type of surgery would have nor- who want to fly back to the United States,” nestled in the hills hrt has yet to be an- mally been done outside of Haiti before said Elallanos. swered. Roderick acts as the lead coordi- the quake so now the group has to find Cpl. Shane Hulshol, is a squad leader nator between all of the groups of medical someone from overseas to come in for the with ACP 6, 1st FAST, Norfolk, Va. Even professionals. girl or try to find some way to get the child after many days in the grueling heat, He said, “We get people that liter- to the Virgin Islands. There are a number Hulshol said, “My Marines have been out ally pull up in vans and step off the van of cases of specialized care patients that bustin’ their butts for the last three weeks, and ask how they can help and we try to need aid and the doctors, nurses and sup- their morale is high and I’m extremely integrate everybody.” Roddick added that port staffs are working long hours to find a proud of what we have been doing,” said they also ask for specific people. “We put way to facilitate those needs. Hulshol. out the call recently for obstetric personnel As doctors, nurses and specialists Cpl. Justin Schrantz, an infantryman because we only have one OBGYN doc continue to arrive by van, the care at the from the ACP 6, 1st FAST, Norfolk, Va., and we’re delivering a lot of babies.” Community Hospital continues to go and said that the Haitian people are happy When asked what types of doctors were saving lives is an international effort. Infographic by Spc. A.M. LaVey, XVIII Airborne Corps 7
    • POSTCARD FROM HAITI CANAPE VERT, Haiti -- An earthquake survivor receives a 50-pound bag of rice from one of 16 locations throughout Haiti Jan. 31, two weeks following the 7.0 earthquake that left thousands of Haitians home- less and without access to food, water and vital medical care. (U.S. Navy Photo by MC2 Todd Frantom) Haiti’s struggle for independence: the Battle of Vertières Nov. 18 1803 Lt. Col. John ‘Jay’ Boyd by fever, casualties and the effects of a 20th Military History Det. British blockade which cut off reinforce- The Battle of Vertieres (in Haitian Cre- ment. ole Batay Vètyè), was the last major battle As Haitian leaders Dessalines and Ca- Haiti’s struggle for independence. pois pressed the French back, the French It was fought by Haitian rebels led were forced to defend a series of fortresses by Jean-Jacques Dessaline and Francis (of which Fort Vertieres was one) protect- Capois against French expeditionary ing their port of Le Cap. forces under the command of Vicomte de The Haitians outnumbered the French Rochambeau on 18 November 1803. and their attrition attacks on the fortresses Vertières was a French fort located in the continued until Rochambeau was out- northern part of Haiti near the port of Le flanked and forced to evacuate fort Ver- Cap. The French defeat crushed their plans tieres. The success of Dessaline’s forces to restore slavery and keep Haiti as part of in taking the heights of Charrier, which French empire. dominated all of Cap’s outer defenses, For Napoléon Bonaparte, who had come forced Rochambeau to withdraw all his to power in France three years before, this forces into Cap, and on November 19 he was his first major military defeat. Send- signed a convention that delivered Cap to ing 30,000 troops to Haiti, the combat was Dessalines. Jean-Jacques Dessalines relentless, cruel and bloody. This was the last of many bloody battles monument in Le Cap Ultimately, the French were decimated in Haiti’s War of Independence.