The contradiction in this operation, security and logistics of a UN peace operation is that the helicopters were not used primarily to provide medicines and medical supplies to hospitals existing as well as advanced medical posts that need urgent help because they are overloaded.Children, elderly and pregnant woman injuries in hospital by thousands cand died very easy without medical suplies I think we can't delay any more to take action about this matter quickly.
Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34232.
La contradiccion en esta operacion de seguridad y la logistica de una operacion de paz es que los helicopteros no han sido utilizados en primer lugar para proveer de medicinas y suministros medicos a los hospitales ya existentes, asi como puestos medicos avanzados que necesitan auxilia urgente pues estan sobrecargados
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Arrive Off Haiti Coast
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs
Posted: 01.19.2010 04:19
ABOARD USS BATAAN – The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and embarked elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Haiti Monday to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for earthquake survivors and bolster relief operations already underway in support of Operation Unified Response.
Marines and Navy conducted reconnaissance and assessment flights on Monday to determine how best to focus the added capabilities of the U.S. Naval forces against relief efforts within their assigned area.
MEU and ARG leadership met with Rear Adm. Ted Branch, Commander, USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and his staff on board Vinson to discuss future operations.
According to 22nd MEU commanding officer, Col. Gareth F. Brandl, the Navy and Marine Corps units will begin providing assistance as soon as possible.
"We are here to support the Haitian people in an area that has been hard hit by this disaster." said Brandl. "As relief operations continue, we will further assess the needs of people in the area and refine how we can best support them with the capabilities we bring."
The major earthquake destroyed buildings and caused devastation throughout Port Au Prince and the surrounding areas, Jan. 12. The 22nd MEU was ordered to assist the next morning and was fully embarked and underway aboard the ships USS Bataan, Fort McHenry and Carter Hall, Jan 16, in the morning hours. The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group were underway from Norfolk to pick up the Marines and their equipment, Jan. 14.
"Something that normally would take weeks to plan execute happened in a matter of days," said Capt. Sam Howard, commanding officer of USS Bataan.
This sea-based force will bring added capabilities to aid the relief efforts without taxing the already strained infrastructure ashore. Comprised of heavy-lift and utility helicopters, trucks and humvees, assault amphibian vehicles, and logistics capabilities to include water purification and limited medical support, the 22nd MEU will further enhance the humanitarian relief efforts ashore.
The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission capable force comprised of Aviation Combat Element, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (Reinforced); Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; and its command element.
In addition to Bataan, the Amphibious Relief Mission also includes USS Carter Hall, USS Fort McHenry, USS Gunston Hall and detachments from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, Fleet Surgical Team 8, Assault Craft Unit 4 and Beachmaster Unit 2.