A07 Paraglide


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A07 Paraglide

  1. 1. February 11, 2010 PARAGLIDE 7A Mail to Haiti Soldiers continue to aid Haiti effort to begin soon by Spc. A.M. LaVey Most distribution points open the U.S. military to respond to XVIII Abn. Corps PAO around 7 a.m. and are finished domestic national emergencies,” issuing rations by 9 a.m. The process Kane said. “This same infrastructure PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Joint ends around 2 p.m., and preparation lends itself to immediate response Task Force – Haiti is continuing its for the next day begins. to international humanitarian aid by Spc. A.M. LaVey is a joint effort between efforts to support the World Food “At the end of the day, we sit missions, as well.” XVIII Abn. Corps PAO the DoD, the U.S. Postal Program’s structured bulk food down and assess what happened The task force will remain here, Service, and the liaison distribution program here. that day and when necessary, make supporting the U.S. Agency for P O R T- A U - P R I N C E , between the two - the “February 5, elements of the task adjustments to make the whole International Development as long as Haiti — U.S. postal Military Postal Service force supported nongovernmental process better,” said Kane. it is needed. inspectors have arrived Agency. organizations in distributing 1.4 “U.S. forces will move to where “The military portion of the here to conduct security “When the postal million bulk rations to 165,000 Haitian there is still a need for us and we will operation, if you follow historical assessments and to help inspectors turn in their citizens at 16 main distribution go where there are no other assets to trends, will probably last 45 to 50 set up an Army post report, the JTF-H will points,” said Col. Gregory Kane, assist,” said Kane. “In the upcoming days,” said Kane. “Then you will see office, as well as to assist work with MPSA and director of operations for the JTF-H days, when more coalition forces other agencies, both international and with the restoration the USPS to do what and XVIII Airborne Corps. arrive, we will reorient ourselves American, step forward and take on a of mail service to the needs to be done to get Task force operations have gone to the areas with less NGO and aid larger role. earthquake-ravaged postal operations up according plan, with U.S. forces representation.” “Everyone here is working for country. and running,” said Lt. working in cooperation with the “These techniques, capabilities one effort and that is to provide aid, “We have 30 days from Col. Edward Allen, chief United Nations, the government of and levels of organization that we humanitarian relief and disaster the time we arrive in of postal operations for Haiti, and NGOs. are employing here is what allows assistance to the Haitian people.” country to set up military JTF-H. mail service,” said Sgt. 1st There must be facilities Class Matthew Nelson, and personnel to Joint Task Force - Haiti accomplish the mission. J-1 noncommissioned Transportation needs officer in charge. “The to be secured and civilian postal inspectors coordinated, postal will determine what Soldiers need to be in needs to be done before country, routes need we have an Army postal to be cleared, security unit arrive.” measures must be in According to a U.S. place, unit mail clerks Postal Service press must be trained and the release, this experienced necessary equipment team of postal inspectors must be in place. has sharpened its skills “To get to the point in the aftermath of such where a Soldier can large-scale disasters as receive mail here, we Hurricane Katrina. have to build the airmail One of the inspectors, terminal at the airport so Kenneth Miller, has also that we can receive the been battle-tested as the incoming mail,” said. former chief of postal Allen. “From there, we operations for the Iraq take the mail, receive it theater, before he retired and sort it so that the from the Army. mail can be transported “This mission is a to the units. The lack lot different because of postal infrastructure the Haitian postal in Haiti will make it infrastructure is difficult to meet the 30 nonexistent,” explained days guidance. In the Miller. beginning, the post will Nelson also highlighted be limited in scale to the challenges of what can be sent and implementing mail received.” services in Haiti. The Soldiers tasked “Postal service was with setting up the JTF-H stopped because the main Army Post Office are facility was destroyed, so from the 502nd Postal there is currently no mail Platoon, 502nd Human coming in or going out at Resources Company, this time,” Nelson added. Brigade Troops Battalion, For this reason, the 4th Sustainment postal inspectors and Brigade, 13th Soldiers have their work Sustainment Command cut out for them. (Expeditionary), Fort “We are going to have Hood, Texas. to build this Army post The postal platoon, office from the ground whose mission is to run up,” said Miller. a military post office and Re-establishing postal assist in mail terminal services in Haiti requires and distribution facilities, close coordination with will have 48 hours to set the Department of up the APO, said Miller. State, the U.S. Agency “The middle of for International February is the target Development and date for postal operations various components to begin. The ground has of the Department of already been broken on Defense. a military mail terminal The process of setting and the troops are on up an Army post office their way,” Miller said.