SOUTHCOM Assessment Team deploys
A U.S. Southern Command assessment team boards a C-130 Hercules aircraft en route to Haiti to support U.S. relief efforts there following the massive Jan. 12 earthquake.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Army News Service, Jan. 14, 2009) - The XVIIIth Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg will deploy a battalion with a brigade command and control element in response to the earthquake in Haiti.

More than 100 Soldiers from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment are expected to deploy mid-afternoon today to support humanitarian operations in Haiti. The entire battalion, along with a 2nd Brigade Combat Team command and control element, about 800 Soldiers, are scheduled to deploy Friday.

The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters deployed a six-person liaison team last night to U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami to assist with the planning effort.

An assessment team from SOUTHCOM has deployed to Haiti to work with U.S. Embassy personnel as well as Haitian, United Nations and international officials to assess the situation and facilitate follow-on U.S. military support.

Other military support underway includes the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti later today. The U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing is also deploying to the international airport at Port au Prince, Haiti, to provide air traffic control capability and airfield operations.

A Navy P-3 Orion aircraft from a forward operating location at Comalapa, El Salvador, conducted an aerial reconnaissance yesterday of the area affected by the earthquake.

The U.S. Army units deploying are highly trained and ready to respond to crises such as the earthquake in Haiti and fully prepared to support the mission as long as required to do so, XVIII Airborne Corps officials said.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg will continue preparations for additional deployments for continued support if called upon, officials there said.

(News Releases from the XVIIIth Airborne Corps and SOUTHCOM provided the information for this report.)

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16