FORT KNOX, Ky. - The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) will deploy to Haiti in support of relief efforts stemming from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the country on Jan. 12.

The command will form the nucleus of Joint Logistics Task Force - Haiti and deploy by air to provide its logistics expertise to the relief effort in Haiti.

An advance party of approximately 50 Soldiers equipped with its own life support equipment, communication equipment, along with food and water, will depart Fort Knox for Haiti joining 3d ESC elements already on the ground.

"The mission is what the 3d ESC is all about," said Col. Marvin Whitaker. "As a command, we are designed to provide logistics expertise through sustainment and distribution management anywhere, anytime, in any environment. It was only fitting that our Soldiers be expected to answer the call during these relief efforts."

3d ESC commander, Col. (Promotable) Robin Akin, who's already leading the team in Haiti, will serve as commander of Joint Logistics Task Force - Haiti, and work in concert with a joint team of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine logistics units in theater.

A portion of the headquarters will remain at Fort Knox to continue planning and execution of operations for 3d ESC units at Fort Knox, Fort Lee and Fort Eustis not deploying to Haiti.

"This is a tough mission for all of our Hooahs," said Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Tennant, the 3d ESC senior enlisted leader. "Conditions on the ground are rough, but we're packing trucks, tents, and chow and moving out with a purpose and urgency so the troops get what they need-now."

This is the first ever deployment to Haiti for the 3d ESC. The unit has deployed to Iraq three times since 2003. Most recently, the unit returned from Iraq in August 2009.

Story and photos by Spc. Michael Behlin, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs.
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