SlideShare a Scribd company logo
THE RESPONDER
                       Vol. I, Issue 13
                                                               Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story
                                                                                                                               ac
                                                                                                                                   al
                                                                                                                                      l   to
                                                                                                                                               du
                                                                                                                                                  ty


                                                                                                                                       March 27, 2010




Colombian general visits Haiti
by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall                  support and by allowing the
11th PAD                                  Colombians to participate in
                                          this [humanitarian] effort,”
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti- Jan.               Padilla said.
12, 2010 will be remembered in                 Padilla took time to tour
history books as the day a 7.0            the Colombian Hospital and
magnitude earthquake hit Haiti.           visit with Colombian troops
It will be known as the worst             operating at the hospital as well
earthquake to hit the small               as Haitian patients.
island. Yet, just 24 hours after                After the hospital visit,
this natural disaster struck,             the group toured the U.N.
Colombian military forces                 compound and sat with several
deployed to assist in the relief          organizations to discuss the
effort.                                   current situation in regard to
  Gen. Freddy Padilla de León,            relief efforts in Haiti.
commanding general of the                        “By coming here, we
Colombian Military Forces,                were able to directly see the
visited Haiti on March 25 to visit        desolation that occurred in this
the Colombian and American                country and the importance of       While visiting Haiti on March 25, Gen. Freddy Padilla de León,
troops and see how the relief             international cooperation to        commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces, visits the
effort was progressing.                   help solve this crisis,” Padilla    Colombian Hospital. Padilla, along with Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, com-
    “The purpose for this visit           said.                               mander, JTF-Haiti, and Brig. Gen. Luis Eduardo Perez Arango,
was to have an opportunity                                                    General Department of Military Health, speaks with a Colombian
                                                  Lt. Gen. Ken Keen,          doctor about a local national who underwent a surgery recently.
to gain insight to the U.S.               commander, JTF-Haiti, and           (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)
military experience in Haiti.             Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas,
Also to thank the U.S. armed              deputy commanding general,          generals traveling with Padilla.    Unified Response.
forces for their devoted                  JTF-Haiti, were two of several          This was not the first time       “We feel an immense desire to
                                                                              these three generals had worked     collaborate our efforts with the
                                                                              together.                           people of Haiti,” Padilla said.
                                                                                 “General Padilla had served          Before boarding his plane,
                                                                              with both General Keen and          Padilla expressed a great
                                                                              myself prior to this,” Trombitas    amount of gratitude towards
                                                                              said. “He wanted to talk with us    the U.S. and the continuing aid
                                                                              and see how the operation was       Haiti is receiving.
                                                                              going.”                                 “This is a very formidable
                                                                                  Trombitas said he believes      experience to have this type of
                                                                              Padilla left very satisfied in      working relationship between
                                                                              what he saw.                        our militaries during a difficult
                                                                                “I think he was very proud of     time,” Padilla said. “Many
                                                                              what the Colombians were able       thanks for the professional
                                                                              to accomplish here,” Trombitas      manner that General Keen and
                                                                              said. “I think his pride in his     General Trombitas have shown
                                                                              troops was strengthened by his      us and many thanks to what the
While touring the Colombian Hospital, Gen. Freddy Padilla de                  visit today.”                       U.S. is doing for the people of
León, commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces, and                    Padilla spent much of the       Haiti.”
Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commander, JTF-Haiti, stop to speak with a                 day discussing the relief efforts      Trombitas felt that Padilla’s
patient about his recovery. Padilla toured the hospital and then
                                                                              of Haiti with Keen, Trombitas       visit today helped to strengthen
continued his visit with a tour of the UN compound and a heli-
copter tour of Port-au-Prince and its outlying areas. (U.S. Army              and other aid organizations
photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)                                      involved      with     Operation    see GENERAL on p. 5
March 27, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                              Page 2


“Nou Bouke”
by Col. Richard Gary Moore
                                                                                     We cannot peel back history for Haiti
                                                                                  or even for the rough times in our own
                                                                                                                                                   a personal “Nou Bouke”? Do you
                                                                                                                                                   close your eyes and charge ahead,
JTF-Haiti Chaplain                                                                lives, but we can take responsibility to                         compartmentalize         the       nagging
                                                                                  work out what every day presents to us.                          dissonance, get angry and verbally
   I like to jot down what I see and what I                                       Some say prayer helps; so do I. Of all                           cynical, get introspective and pensive
hear; not just as a future reminder, but to                                       the things that we do and accomplish in                          when faced with life’s too much?
have a first rough cut on what people are                                         life, it comes down to praying; praying                              One of the destroyed churches in
living out…now. Taking another mission                                            especially for others. Faith and prayer                          Port-au-Prince still has its crucifix intact
through the streets of Port-au-Prince, I                                          just go together like peanut butter and                          and standing in the middle of the noise
discovered a phrase that kept coming up                                           jelly.                                                           and rubble. It’s a visible symbol of the
on the walls of buildings, “Nou Bouke.”                                              But faithing it every day can seem like                       invisible reality that the living God is
It means “…that’s enough.” After three                                            such a reframe … such an oxymoron.                               present with us here. So, faith it and let
hurricanes in 2008 and the recent                                                 Trust in the Lord and lean not on your                           your cross be “Yes Lord, You will make
devastating earthquake, I heard my inner                                          own understanding? My power is made                              a way out for those benumbed and
voice say, “Yes Lord…enough pain for                                              perfect in weakness?                                             disoriented, Yes Lord.”
these people.”                                                                         What do you do when you reach



                                                         JTF- Haiti Worship Services
              LSA/FOB                                      WEEKDAY                                   SERVICE                                   TIME                                LOCATION
   LSA DRAGON (JTF HQ)                                           Sunday                              Protestant                                  0800                        Embassy Flag Pole
                                                                  Sunday                           Catholic Mass                                 0900                        Embassy Flag Pole
               LSA HOPE                                            Sunday                      Contemporary Protestant                           1100                              Hope Chapel
                                                                   Sunday                        Gospel Protestant                               1900                              Hope Chapel
                                                              Wednesday                              Bible Study                                 1800                               Hope Chapel
                                                              Wednesday                            Catholic Mass                                 1930                              Hope Chapel
                                                                    Friday                     Gospel Choir Rehearsal                            1900                              Hope Chapel
              APOD (West)                                       Saturday                           Catholic Mass                                 1300                             USAF Chapel
                                                                  Sunday                                  LDS                                    1230                             USAF Chapel
            APOD (East)                                         Saturday                           Catholic Mass                                 1500                          377th chapel tent
                                                                   Sunday                            Protestant                                  1030                          377th chapel tent
                                                                   Sunday                          Catholic Mass                                 1130                          377th chapel tent
           FOB WARRIOR                                             Sunday                           English Mass                                 1900                                   209 MP
                                                                  Sunday                            Spanish Mass                                 2000                               Colombians
     FOB WHITE FALCON                                             Monday                            Catholic Mass                                1630                               FOB Chapel
        SPOD RED BEACH                                           Monday                             Catholic Mass                                1830                              Trailer Office




              THE RESPONDER   Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story
                                                                         ac
                                                                            all
                                                                                  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. 1st. Class Debra Thompson office located in the LSA Dragon sustainment
 JTF-Haiti Public Affairs Officer                            Col. David Johnson                        Layout/Design                 Pvt. Samantha Hall                  tent, by DSN phone: 413-254-8007 or
 JTF-Haiti Public Affairs Senior Enlisted Advisor            Sgt. Maj. Rick Black                                                                                        by email: JTFHPAOCI@CORE1.DJC2.MIL
 This newspaper is an authorized publication for the members of Joint Task Force-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.
March 27, 2010                                                                                                                          Page 3


JTF-Bravo conducts first mission in Haiti
by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks
Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - An          of our guys this is their first
aircrew from 1st Battalion,         deployment with an aviation
228th Aviation Regiment,            unit,” said Herrera. “So it is
conducted their first rotary-       a great opportunity for our
wing airlift mission March 24       people to perform these tasks
here in support of JTF-Haiti.       in a real world environment.”
  The 1/228th along with other         While maintainers were still
members from JTF-Bravo              making the final adjustment
deployed from Soto Cano Air         to their Blackhawks, support
Base, Honduras March 21.            elements began establishing a
  “We are excited about getting     base of operation, setting up
                                                                         A 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment UH-60 Blackhawk takes
in the air and doing our part,”     communication        equipment,      off for its first airlift mission in support of Joint Task Force-Haiti
said Lt. Col. Salome Herrera,       computers       and      weather     March 24. The 1/228th along with other members of Joint Task
commander, 1/228th. “We’ve          observation          equipment.      Force-Bravo deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to sup-
been working non-stop from                 Meanwhile, JTF-Bravo          port JTF-Haiti, the U.S. military support unit for Operation Unified
                                                                         Response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks/Joint
building a landing zone,            pilots and aircrews were             Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs)
setting up a maintenance area       being briefed by their Navy
and standing up a command           counterparts who will transition        On the second full day,           we’ve worked hard to get it this
and control element... it’s         out as JTF-Bravo takes over          pilots and aircrew conducted         far,” said Manion. “We have an
nice to finally see it pay off.”    as the primary rotary-wing           familiarization    flights   to      area where our maintainers can
    The unit traveled nearly 3      lift capability for JTF-Haiti.       learn the lay of the land and        work in the shade, our pilots and
hours via a C-17 Globemaster            “This has been a total force     to review the landing zones          aircrew have a briefing room
III along with three of their       effort on the part of our            spread out across Haiti.             and our people are now looking
aircraft. Once on the ground,       service members,” said Lt.             Every day new improvements         ahead at how we can execute
everyone pitched in to unfold       Col. Michael Manion, officer         are made to what was                 our mission better each time.”
the UH-60 Blackhawk so they         in-charge, Task Force Talon.         once just a grassy knoll               JTF-Haiti is the U.S. military’s
could begin flight testing them.    “Everyone has pitched in...          at    Toussaint      Louverture      task force assisting in disaster
    “The only time we fold or       they have a group focus and          International           Airport.     relief efforts in Haiti following
unfold blades on a UH-60 is         we want to continue that                “We still have improvement        the Jan. 12 earthquake as part
when we deploy...and for a lot      attitude through our time here.”     to make to our facilities but        of Operation Unified Response.




Aircrew members from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regi-             Aircrew from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, prepare
ment, wait for an American Airline jet at Toussaint Louverture In-       to take off for a night flight orientation of Haiti March 24. The
ternational Airport to pass before they can lift off for a mission in    1/228th along with other members of Joint Task Force-Bravo
support of Joint Task Force-Haiti. Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed       deployed March 21 to support Joint Task Force-Haiti, the U.S.
more than 45 members in support of JTF-Haiti, the U.S. military’s        military’s task force assisting in disaster relief efforts in Haiti fol-
task force assisting in disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the   lowing the Jan. 12 earthquake as part of Operation Unified Re-
Jan. 12 earthquake as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S.          sponse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks/Joint
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks/Joint Task Force-Bravo        Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs)
Public Affairs)
March 27, 2010                                                                                                                    Page 4


 Commander discusses brigade’s role in Haiti
 by Christen McCluney
 Office of the Secretary of Defense            providing immediate assistance and              The airport and naval ports now are
 Public Affairs                                disaster relief, along with security and      operating at pre-earthquake capacity,
                                               humanitarian aid. They transitioned           McAteer said, and the security
 WASHINGTON - Hundreds of                      to helping the World Food Program’s           environment is vastly improved.
 Army         paratroopers        continue     surge, providing security and assistance          “When you look at the trends
 to provide humanitarian aid to                to nongovernmental organizations and          in security, it has been very calm
 earthquake survivors in Haiti, even           the United Nations as they provided           throughout our stay here,” he
 as they prepare to return home.               food and water to displaced Haitians.         said. “There have been no acts of
     “We represent one small piece                 “This had a huge effect on the            violence against American soldiers.”
 of    [the     Defense      Department’s]     population,” McAteer said.                        The brigade continues to provide
 contribution to the operation here,”               Immediately after the Jan. 12            relief while preparing to redeploy.
 Army Col. Tim McAteer, commander              earthquake,      he     explained,      the       “We have about 900 paratroopers
 of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd           government and security in Haiti              left,” the colonel said. But if conditions
 Brigade, said during a “DoDLive”              experienced major setbacks. “We were          warrant, he added, the paratroopers
 bloggers       roundtable       yesterday.    able to fill that void and serve as a         always will be prepared to return.
   The brigade deployed to Haiti in mid-       supporting element,” the colonel said.            “I think you can be justifiably
 January. McAteer said the team was                McAteer added that the brigade’s          proud of the work done,” he said.
 prepared for deployment within five           paratroopers broke down many barriers         “We had a game-changing impact
 hours of the initial call. McAteer became     and changed misconceptions about the          in the opening stages and things
 the brigade’s commander, Feb. 9.              U.S. military as they quickly ascertained     were heading on a dangerous path,
    “When I arrived, I was pleasantly          the needs of the Haitian people.              but we were able to turn the tide.
 surprised at the level of calm                    For example, he said, a university          “It was a very successful operation,”
 throughout the city,” he said.                hospital in the Haitian capital of Port-au-   he continued. “There is still a ton of
    The brigade’s soldiers have been           Prince was inundated with patients, and       work to be done down here, and I do
 working in phased operations with             help from the brigade’s soldiers allowed      believe the conditions are right to have
 Joint Task Force Haiti, initially             the hospital staff to turn things around.     long-term success.”




  Members of Congress visit Haiti
  by Spc. William R. Begley
  11th PAD

  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti- New York Congressman Joseph
  Crowley (D) and California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D)
  visited Port-au-Prince March 26 to see the progress being made
  in the efforts to clean up Haiti after the damage created by the
  earthquake on Jan. 12.
     Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, deputy commanding general,
  Joint Task Force-Haiti, escorted Lee and Crowley around Port-
  au-Prince to various rubble removal sites. They witnessed
  firsthand Haitians participating in the cleanup efforts. There is
  an estimated 30 million cubic tons of debris created from the
  disaster on Jan. 12.
      After viewing the rubble removal sites, Lee and Crowley
  toured Champs-De-Mar, an internally displaced persons camp.
  They also went to the National Cathedral and the Presidential
  Palace as well as other damaged sites around the city.
      With a clear picture of the problems facing the people of
                                                                       New York congressman Joseph Crowley talks with Hai-
  Haiti, the tour culminated with a meeting with the President of      tian locals during his visit. Crowley visited several rubble
  Haiti, Rene Preval. Concerns about how to move forward were          removal sites to assess firsthand the progress that is be-
  discussed as well as ideas on how to improve Haiti.                  ing made. (Photo by Spc. William R. Begley/11th PAD)
     There is still a long road ahead for the Haitian people but the
  recovery process is happening one step at a time.
March 27, 2010                                                                                                                    Page 5


LSA Dragon aid station
keeps Soldiers healthy
by Spc. William Begley
11th PAD                                The aid station has personnel
                                      on duty 24 hours to handle
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-                everything from a standard sick
Whether you have a sprained           call to a trauma injury.
ankle, skin infection or an upset          “My main mission is the
stomach, the staff at the LSA         ability to take care of a trauma
Dragon aid station is there to        victim,” Fincher said. A trauma
help you get back on the road to      victim would be stabilized and
wellness.                             then transported to a level two    Sgt. Nicholas Albers takes the pulse of a patient at the LSA
   Lt. Col. Roger K. Fincher, a       or three facility.                 Dragon aid station. (Photo by Spc. William R. Begley/11th PAD)
field surgeon who specializes            If you are the kind of person
in internal medicine, runs the        who likes to be proactive,         he said. That would mean all       Support Medical Company
team at the aid station. He is        Fincher recommends some            the preventative measures are      from Fort Bragg, N.C.,
deployed from the 602nd Area          preventative measures.             working.                           Woodward volunteered to
Support Medical Company,                   Prevention, he says, could       “That’s the goal. You want      deploy with the 602nd ASMC.
Fort Bragg, N.C.                      significantly reduce the amount    your medics to be bored,”            “Humanitarian missions don’t
  The aid station at LSA Dragon       of service members reporting to    Fincher said sarcastically.        come around too often,” said
is designated as a level one aid      sick call.                          Sgt. David Woodward, a medic      Woodward. “It’s great to be a
station. This means they are             “Wash your hands, don’t eat     at LSA Dragon, understands         part of this mission.”
able to provide care for illness,     the local food, take your Doxy,    the humor.                           With the Soldiers of the LSA
disease and other small injuries      sleep with your bug netting           “You want to do your MOS.       Dragon aid station standing
not associated with a combat          properly installed and use bug     You want to sharpen the skills     ready to treat any illness or
environment.                          spray to prevent bug bites,”       that you’ve learned, but you       injury, troops with JTF-Haiti
   But that is not all they can do.   said Fincher.                      don’t want to see people hurt,”    know they are in good hands if
    “We’re here to provide life-           Fincher hopes to keep his     said Woodward.                     something should happen.
saving care,” said Fincher.           staff as “unbusy as possible,”       Originally with the 601st Area

GENERAL continued from p. 1                         “The commanding general got a first-        Segura said. “It is a great opportunity
                                                 hand look at the hard work, dedication,        that the national government, along with
the relationships between both countries’        commitment and professionalism of his          General Padilla, has given me to contribute
armed forces.                                    soldiers in distant lands where they show      to the healing process for those Haitians
    “I thought he was able to achieve a          their commitment to those in need,”            who are suffering.”
strengthening of the relationship between
the Colombian military and SOUTHCOM
in terms of General Padilla’s interaction
with General Keen,” Trombitas said. “And
from my perspective, it was a strengthening
of the relationship between the Colombian
military and Army South.”
  Col. Pedro A. Segura, Colombian support
battalion for humanitarian assistance, was
also able to talk with Padilla and visit with
him while he toured the area. Segura is one
of Padilla’s officers who deployed the day
after the earthquake.
      “For us, it is and continues to be
something significantly important, that the
commanding general of the armed forces
came to observe what the Colombian
soldiers are doing on the ground and to
see the joint efforts exercised between the
Colombian and American armies,” Segura
said.
       Segura said he was grateful that
his government, and specifically his             Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, deputy commanding general, JTF-Haiti, poses with a group
commanding general, Padilla, have given          of Colombian soldiers preparing to return home March 25. The Soldiers returned with
him the opportunity to assist those displaced    Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces, and
by the earthquake.                               his staff, after a visit to Haiti. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)
March 27, 2010                                                                                                                Page 6




       POSTCARDS FROM HAITI




                                                              The USS Bataan left Haiti on March 24. The ship and its crew have been
                                                              deployed for roughly two months, assisting the World Food Program in
                                                              delivering more than 3.2 million pounds of bulk foods and conducting
                                                              more than 1,500 humanitarian relief missions in support of Operation
                                                              Unified Response. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)

     An aid worker with USAID looks at the frame of
     a temporary shelter at the Ancien Airport Militaire
     internally displaced persons camp on March 25.
     USAID, along with JTF-Haiti, is working togeth-
     er to fix some of the security problems, such as
     making sure there is enough light at night in the
     camp. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Debra
     Thompson/11th PAD)




                                                                      Maj. Jon B. Tipton, provost marshall, JTF-Haiti, speaks with
                                                                      residents of Ancien Airport Militaire internally displaced per-
                                                                      sons camp about their safety concerns on March 25. One issue
Members of the USS Bataan pay respect to Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, com-      is lighting at night around the camp. Tipton wants to ensure
mander, JTF-Haiti, during a piping ashore ceremony prior to his de-   lights are installed in hopes that crimes such as sexual assault
parture on March 24. Keen visited the Bataan to say farewell to       begin to decline. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Debra
the crew and thank them for their hard work in Operation Unified      Thompson/11th PAD)
Response. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)

More Related Content

Viewers also liked

Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking
Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical ThinkingNet Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking
Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking
Aarhus University
 
A new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution system
A new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution systemA new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution system
A new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution system
Alexander Decker
 
GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...
GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...
GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...
Machine Tool Systems Inc.
 
Local Digital Strategy (2015)
Local Digital Strategy (2015)Local Digital Strategy (2015)
Local Digital Strategy (2015)
Bryan Huber
 
Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6
Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6
Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6
Rigoberto José Meléndez Cuauro
 
Acercando culturas I
Acercando culturas IAcercando culturas I
Acercando culturas I
Ignacio García
 
Art_URL
Art_URLArt_URL
Expressions Architects PROFILE 2015 online
Expressions Architects PROFILE 2015 onlineExpressions Architects PROFILE 2015 online
Expressions Architects PROFILE 2015 online
Expressions Architects
 
Desordenes Anorectales
Desordenes AnorectalesDesordenes Anorectales
Nestor guestrin la guitarra en la musica sudamericana
Nestor guestrin   la guitarra en la musica sudamericanaNestor guestrin   la guitarra en la musica sudamericana
Nestor guestrin la guitarra en la musica sudamericana
ancatruz
 
Clase amor y pertenencia ana2
Clase amor y pertenencia ana2Clase amor y pertenencia ana2
Clase amor y pertenencia ana2
Anabella Coronel Calderon
 
Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)
Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)
Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)
Davide Bennato
 

Viewers also liked (13)

Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking
Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical ThinkingNet Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking
Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking
 
A new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution system
A new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution systemA new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution system
A new faulted phase identification technique for overhead distribution system
 
GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...
GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...
GF Machining Solutions - Additive Manufacturing - Model AM S290 - 3D Printing...
 
Local Digital Strategy (2015)
Local Digital Strategy (2015)Local Digital Strategy (2015)
Local Digital Strategy (2015)
 
Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6
Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6
Aplicación de los sistemas de información en el análisis clínico seminario #6
 
Acercando culturas I
Acercando culturas IAcercando culturas I
Acercando culturas I
 
Art_URL
Art_URLArt_URL
Art_URL
 
Expressions Architects PROFILE 2015 online
Expressions Architects PROFILE 2015 onlineExpressions Architects PROFILE 2015 online
Expressions Architects PROFILE 2015 online
 
Desordenes Anorectales
Desordenes AnorectalesDesordenes Anorectales
Desordenes Anorectales
 
Nestor guestrin la guitarra en la musica sudamericana
Nestor guestrin   la guitarra en la musica sudamericanaNestor guestrin   la guitarra en la musica sudamericana
Nestor guestrin la guitarra en la musica sudamericana
 
Case Conference_PMC
Case Conference_PMCCase Conference_PMC
Case Conference_PMC
 
Clase amor y pertenencia ana2
Clase amor y pertenencia ana2Clase amor y pertenencia ana2
Clase amor y pertenencia ana2
 
Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)
Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)
Bennato: Strumenti. Le infrastrutture della collaborazione su internet (cap.2)
 

Responder Edition13

  • 1. THE RESPONDER Vol. I, Issue 13 Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story ac al l to du ty March 27, 2010 Colombian general visits Haiti by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall support and by allowing the 11th PAD Colombians to participate in this [humanitarian] effort,” PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti- Jan. Padilla said. 12, 2010 will be remembered in Padilla took time to tour history books as the day a 7.0 the Colombian Hospital and magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. visit with Colombian troops It will be known as the worst operating at the hospital as well earthquake to hit the small as Haitian patients. island. Yet, just 24 hours after After the hospital visit, this natural disaster struck, the group toured the U.N. Colombian military forces compound and sat with several deployed to assist in the relief organizations to discuss the effort. current situation in regard to Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, relief efforts in Haiti. commanding general of the “By coming here, we Colombian Military Forces, were able to directly see the visited Haiti on March 25 to visit desolation that occurred in this the Colombian and American country and the importance of While visiting Haiti on March 25, Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, troops and see how the relief international cooperation to commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces, visits the effort was progressing. help solve this crisis,” Padilla Colombian Hospital. Padilla, along with Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, com- “The purpose for this visit said. mander, JTF-Haiti, and Brig. Gen. Luis Eduardo Perez Arango, was to have an opportunity General Department of Military Health, speaks with a Colombian Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, doctor about a local national who underwent a surgery recently. to gain insight to the U.S. commander, JTF-Haiti, and (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD) military experience in Haiti. Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, Also to thank the U.S. armed deputy commanding general, generals traveling with Padilla. Unified Response. forces for their devoted JTF-Haiti, were two of several This was not the first time “We feel an immense desire to these three generals had worked collaborate our efforts with the together. people of Haiti,” Padilla said. “General Padilla had served Before boarding his plane, with both General Keen and Padilla expressed a great myself prior to this,” Trombitas amount of gratitude towards said. “He wanted to talk with us the U.S. and the continuing aid and see how the operation was Haiti is receiving. going.” “This is a very formidable Trombitas said he believes experience to have this type of Padilla left very satisfied in working relationship between what he saw. our militaries during a difficult “I think he was very proud of time,” Padilla said. “Many what the Colombians were able thanks for the professional to accomplish here,” Trombitas manner that General Keen and said. “I think his pride in his General Trombitas have shown troops was strengthened by his us and many thanks to what the While touring the Colombian Hospital, Gen. Freddy Padilla de visit today.” U.S. is doing for the people of León, commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces, and Padilla spent much of the Haiti.” Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commander, JTF-Haiti, stop to speak with a day discussing the relief efforts Trombitas felt that Padilla’s patient about his recovery. Padilla toured the hospital and then of Haiti with Keen, Trombitas visit today helped to strengthen continued his visit with a tour of the UN compound and a heli- copter tour of Port-au-Prince and its outlying areas. (U.S. Army and other aid organizations photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD) involved with Operation see GENERAL on p. 5
  • 2. March 27, 2010 Page 2 “Nou Bouke” by Col. Richard Gary Moore We cannot peel back history for Haiti or even for the rough times in our own a personal “Nou Bouke”? Do you close your eyes and charge ahead, JTF-Haiti Chaplain lives, but we can take responsibility to compartmentalize the nagging work out what every day presents to us. dissonance, get angry and verbally I like to jot down what I see and what I Some say prayer helps; so do I. Of all cynical, get introspective and pensive hear; not just as a future reminder, but to the things that we do and accomplish in when faced with life’s too much? have a first rough cut on what people are life, it comes down to praying; praying One of the destroyed churches in living out…now. Taking another mission especially for others. Faith and prayer Port-au-Prince still has its crucifix intact through the streets of Port-au-Prince, I just go together like peanut butter and and standing in the middle of the noise discovered a phrase that kept coming up jelly. and rubble. It’s a visible symbol of the on the walls of buildings, “Nou Bouke.” But faithing it every day can seem like invisible reality that the living God is It means “…that’s enough.” After three such a reframe … such an oxymoron. present with us here. So, faith it and let hurricanes in 2008 and the recent Trust in the Lord and lean not on your your cross be “Yes Lord, You will make devastating earthquake, I heard my inner own understanding? My power is made a way out for those benumbed and voice say, “Yes Lord…enough pain for perfect in weakness? disoriented, Yes Lord.” these people.” What do you do when you reach JTF- Haiti Worship Services LSA/FOB WEEKDAY SERVICE TIME LOCATION LSA DRAGON (JTF HQ) Sunday Protestant 0800 Embassy Flag Pole Sunday Catholic Mass 0900 Embassy Flag Pole LSA HOPE Sunday Contemporary Protestant 1100 Hope Chapel Sunday Gospel Protestant 1900 Hope Chapel Wednesday Bible Study 1800 Hope Chapel Wednesday Catholic Mass 1930 Hope Chapel Friday Gospel Choir Rehearsal 1900 Hope Chapel APOD (West) Saturday Catholic Mass 1300 USAF Chapel Sunday LDS 1230 USAF Chapel APOD (East) Saturday Catholic Mass 1500 377th chapel tent Sunday Protestant 1030 377th chapel tent Sunday Catholic Mass 1130 377th chapel tent FOB WARRIOR Sunday English Mass 1900 209 MP Sunday Spanish Mass 2000 Colombians FOB WHITE FALCON Monday Catholic Mass 1630 FOB Chapel SPOD RED BEACH Monday Catholic Mass 1830 Trailer Office THE RESPONDER Telling the Joint Task Force-Haiti story ac all 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. 1st. Class Debra Thompson office located in the LSA Dragon sustainment JTF-Haiti Public Affairs Officer Col. David Johnson Layout/Design Pvt. Samantha Hall tent, by DSN phone: 413-254-8007 or JTF-Haiti Public Affairs Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Rick Black by email: JTFHPAOCI@CORE1.DJC2.MIL This newspaper is an authorized publication for the members of Joint Task Force-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.
  • 3. March 27, 2010 Page 3 JTF-Bravo conducts first mission in Haiti by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - An of our guys this is their first aircrew from 1st Battalion, deployment with an aviation 228th Aviation Regiment, unit,” said Herrera. “So it is conducted their first rotary- a great opportunity for our wing airlift mission March 24 people to perform these tasks here in support of JTF-Haiti. in a real world environment.” The 1/228th along with other While maintainers were still members from JTF-Bravo making the final adjustment deployed from Soto Cano Air to their Blackhawks, support Base, Honduras March 21. elements began establishing a “We are excited about getting base of operation, setting up A 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment UH-60 Blackhawk takes in the air and doing our part,” communication equipment, off for its first airlift mission in support of Joint Task Force-Haiti said Lt. Col. Salome Herrera, computers and weather March 24. The 1/228th along with other members of Joint Task commander, 1/228th. “We’ve observation equipment. Force-Bravo deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to sup- been working non-stop from Meanwhile, JTF-Bravo port JTF-Haiti, the U.S. military support unit for Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks/Joint building a landing zone, pilots and aircrews were Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs) setting up a maintenance area being briefed by their Navy and standing up a command counterparts who will transition On the second full day, we’ve worked hard to get it this and control element... it’s out as JTF-Bravo takes over pilots and aircrew conducted far,” said Manion. “We have an nice to finally see it pay off.” as the primary rotary-wing familiarization flights to area where our maintainers can The unit traveled nearly 3 lift capability for JTF-Haiti. learn the lay of the land and work in the shade, our pilots and hours via a C-17 Globemaster “This has been a total force to review the landing zones aircrew have a briefing room III along with three of their effort on the part of our spread out across Haiti. and our people are now looking aircraft. Once on the ground, service members,” said Lt. Every day new improvements ahead at how we can execute everyone pitched in to unfold Col. Michael Manion, officer are made to what was our mission better each time.” the UH-60 Blackhawk so they in-charge, Task Force Talon. once just a grassy knoll JTF-Haiti is the U.S. military’s could begin flight testing them. “Everyone has pitched in... at Toussaint Louverture task force assisting in disaster “The only time we fold or they have a group focus and International Airport. relief efforts in Haiti following unfold blades on a UH-60 is we want to continue that “We still have improvement the Jan. 12 earthquake as part when we deploy...and for a lot attitude through our time here.” to make to our facilities but of Operation Unified Response. Aircrew members from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regi- Aircrew from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, prepare ment, wait for an American Airline jet at Toussaint Louverture In- to take off for a night flight orientation of Haiti March 24. The ternational Airport to pass before they can lift off for a mission in 1/228th along with other members of Joint Task Force-Bravo support of Joint Task Force-Haiti. Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed deployed March 21 to support Joint Task Force-Haiti, the U.S. more than 45 members in support of JTF-Haiti, the U.S. military’s military’s task force assisting in disaster relief efforts in Haiti fol- task force assisting in disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the lowing the Jan. 12 earthquake as part of Operation Unified Re- Jan. 12 earthquake as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. sponse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks/Joint Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Franks/Joint Task Force-Bravo Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs) Public Affairs)
  • 4. March 27, 2010 Page 4 Commander discusses brigade’s role in Haiti by Christen McCluney Office of the Secretary of Defense providing immediate assistance and The airport and naval ports now are Public Affairs disaster relief, along with security and operating at pre-earthquake capacity, humanitarian aid. They transitioned McAteer said, and the security WASHINGTON - Hundreds of to helping the World Food Program’s environment is vastly improved. Army paratroopers continue surge, providing security and assistance “When you look at the trends to provide humanitarian aid to to nongovernmental organizations and in security, it has been very calm earthquake survivors in Haiti, even the United Nations as they provided throughout our stay here,” he as they prepare to return home. food and water to displaced Haitians. said. “There have been no acts of “We represent one small piece “This had a huge effect on the violence against American soldiers.” of [the Defense Department’s] population,” McAteer said. The brigade continues to provide contribution to the operation here,” Immediately after the Jan. 12 relief while preparing to redeploy. Army Col. Tim McAteer, commander earthquake, he explained, the “We have about 900 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd government and security in Haiti left,” the colonel said. But if conditions Brigade, said during a “DoDLive” experienced major setbacks. “We were warrant, he added, the paratroopers bloggers roundtable yesterday. able to fill that void and serve as a always will be prepared to return. The brigade deployed to Haiti in mid- supporting element,” the colonel said. “I think you can be justifiably January. McAteer said the team was McAteer added that the brigade’s proud of the work done,” he said. prepared for deployment within five paratroopers broke down many barriers “We had a game-changing impact hours of the initial call. McAteer became and changed misconceptions about the in the opening stages and things the brigade’s commander, Feb. 9. U.S. military as they quickly ascertained were heading on a dangerous path, “When I arrived, I was pleasantly the needs of the Haitian people. but we were able to turn the tide. surprised at the level of calm For example, he said, a university “It was a very successful operation,” throughout the city,” he said. hospital in the Haitian capital of Port-au- he continued. “There is still a ton of The brigade’s soldiers have been Prince was inundated with patients, and work to be done down here, and I do working in phased operations with help from the brigade’s soldiers allowed believe the conditions are right to have Joint Task Force Haiti, initially the hospital staff to turn things around. long-term success.” Members of Congress visit Haiti by Spc. William R. Begley 11th PAD PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti- New York Congressman Joseph Crowley (D) and California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) visited Port-au-Prince March 26 to see the progress being made in the efforts to clean up Haiti after the damage created by the earthquake on Jan. 12. Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, deputy commanding general, Joint Task Force-Haiti, escorted Lee and Crowley around Port- au-Prince to various rubble removal sites. They witnessed firsthand Haitians participating in the cleanup efforts. There is an estimated 30 million cubic tons of debris created from the disaster on Jan. 12. After viewing the rubble removal sites, Lee and Crowley toured Champs-De-Mar, an internally displaced persons camp. They also went to the National Cathedral and the Presidential Palace as well as other damaged sites around the city. With a clear picture of the problems facing the people of New York congressman Joseph Crowley talks with Hai- Haiti, the tour culminated with a meeting with the President of tian locals during his visit. Crowley visited several rubble Haiti, Rene Preval. Concerns about how to move forward were removal sites to assess firsthand the progress that is be- discussed as well as ideas on how to improve Haiti. ing made. (Photo by Spc. William R. Begley/11th PAD) There is still a long road ahead for the Haitian people but the recovery process is happening one step at a time.
  • 5. March 27, 2010 Page 5 LSA Dragon aid station keeps Soldiers healthy by Spc. William Begley 11th PAD The aid station has personnel on duty 24 hours to handle PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti- everything from a standard sick Whether you have a sprained call to a trauma injury. ankle, skin infection or an upset “My main mission is the stomach, the staff at the LSA ability to take care of a trauma Dragon aid station is there to victim,” Fincher said. A trauma help you get back on the road to victim would be stabilized and wellness. then transported to a level two Sgt. Nicholas Albers takes the pulse of a patient at the LSA Lt. Col. Roger K. Fincher, a or three facility. Dragon aid station. (Photo by Spc. William R. Begley/11th PAD) field surgeon who specializes If you are the kind of person in internal medicine, runs the who likes to be proactive, he said. That would mean all Support Medical Company team at the aid station. He is Fincher recommends some the preventative measures are from Fort Bragg, N.C., deployed from the 602nd Area preventative measures. working. Woodward volunteered to Support Medical Company, Prevention, he says, could “That’s the goal. You want deploy with the 602nd ASMC. Fort Bragg, N.C. significantly reduce the amount your medics to be bored,” “Humanitarian missions don’t The aid station at LSA Dragon of service members reporting to Fincher said sarcastically. come around too often,” said is designated as a level one aid sick call. Sgt. David Woodward, a medic Woodward. “It’s great to be a station. This means they are “Wash your hands, don’t eat at LSA Dragon, understands part of this mission.” able to provide care for illness, the local food, take your Doxy, the humor. With the Soldiers of the LSA disease and other small injuries sleep with your bug netting “You want to do your MOS. Dragon aid station standing not associated with a combat properly installed and use bug You want to sharpen the skills ready to treat any illness or environment. spray to prevent bug bites,” that you’ve learned, but you injury, troops with JTF-Haiti But that is not all they can do. said Fincher. don’t want to see people hurt,” know they are in good hands if “We’re here to provide life- Fincher hopes to keep his said Woodward. something should happen. saving care,” said Fincher. staff as “unbusy as possible,” Originally with the 601st Area GENERAL continued from p. 1 “The commanding general got a first- Segura said. “It is a great opportunity hand look at the hard work, dedication, that the national government, along with the relationships between both countries’ commitment and professionalism of his General Padilla, has given me to contribute armed forces. soldiers in distant lands where they show to the healing process for those Haitians “I thought he was able to achieve a their commitment to those in need,” who are suffering.” strengthening of the relationship between the Colombian military and SOUTHCOM in terms of General Padilla’s interaction with General Keen,” Trombitas said. “And from my perspective, it was a strengthening of the relationship between the Colombian military and Army South.” Col. Pedro A. Segura, Colombian support battalion for humanitarian assistance, was also able to talk with Padilla and visit with him while he toured the area. Segura is one of Padilla’s officers who deployed the day after the earthquake. “For us, it is and continues to be something significantly important, that the commanding general of the armed forces came to observe what the Colombian soldiers are doing on the ground and to see the joint efforts exercised between the Colombian and American armies,” Segura said. Segura said he was grateful that his government, and specifically his Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, deputy commanding general, JTF-Haiti, poses with a group commanding general, Padilla, have given of Colombian soldiers preparing to return home March 25. The Soldiers returned with him the opportunity to assist those displaced Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces, and by the earthquake. his staff, after a visit to Haiti. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)
  • 6. March 27, 2010 Page 6 POSTCARDS FROM HAITI The USS Bataan left Haiti on March 24. The ship and its crew have been deployed for roughly two months, assisting the World Food Program in delivering more than 3.2 million pounds of bulk foods and conducting more than 1,500 humanitarian relief missions in support of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD) An aid worker with USAID looks at the frame of a temporary shelter at the Ancien Airport Militaire internally displaced persons camp on March 25. USAID, along with JTF-Haiti, is working togeth- er to fix some of the security problems, such as making sure there is enough light at night in the camp. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Debra Thompson/11th PAD) Maj. Jon B. Tipton, provost marshall, JTF-Haiti, speaks with residents of Ancien Airport Militaire internally displaced per- sons camp about their safety concerns on March 25. One issue Members of the USS Bataan pay respect to Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, com- is lighting at night around the camp. Tipton wants to ensure mander, JTF-Haiti, during a piping ashore ceremony prior to his de- lights are installed in hopes that crimes such as sexual assault parture on March 24. Keen visited the Bataan to say farewell to begin to decline. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Debra the crew and thank them for their hard work in Operation Unified Thompson/11th PAD) Response. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Samantha D. Hall/11th PAD)