• Spc. Brandon Watson (L) & Spc. Brandon Sousa, 716th Engineer Company, prepare a ceiling fan for mounting in a medical clinic under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, two medical clinics, a school and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Brandon Watson (L) & Spc. Brandon Sousa, 716th Engineer Company, prepare a ceiling fan for mounting in a medical clinic under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help...

  • Pvt. Mario Marin , (L) and Lance Cpl. Domingo Cal, Belize Defence Force, work on the roof of a school that BDF and 716th Engineer Company engineers are constructing at Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 4, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, meaning “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pvt. Mario Marin , (L) and Lance Cpl. Domingo Cal, Belize Defence Force, work on the roof of a school that BDF and 716th Engineer Company engineers are constructing at Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 4, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th...

  • Spc. Leland Patterson, 716th Engineer Company, prepares a light fixture for mounting in a school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, the school, two medical clinics, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Leland Patterson, 716th Engineer Company, prepares a light fixture for mounting in a school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, the school...

  • Spc. Leland Patterson, 716th Engineer Company, prepares a light fixture for mounting in a school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, the school, two medical clinics, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PANCOIC)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Leland Patterson, 716th Engineer Company, prepares a light fixture for mounting in a school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, the school...

  • Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, and Pvt. Nathaniel Cadel, Belizean Defense Force, discuss the best course of action for applying a ridge cap to the roof of a three room school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, the school and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, translation “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, and Pvt. Nathaniel Cadel, Belizean Defense Force, discuss the best course of action for applying a ridge cap to the roof of a three room school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011...

  • Sgt. Cory Syvinski, 716th Engineer Company & non-commissioned officer in charge of a three room school construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, discusses his plan of action to his unit’s engineers, and members of the Belizean Defense Force, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen. In English Bon Voizen means “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Sgt. Cory Syvinski, 716th Engineer Company & non-commissioned officer in charge of a three room school construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, discusses his plan of action to his unit’s engineers, and members of the Belizean Defense Force, May...

  • First day on the job; Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings a member of the 716th Engineer Company, & non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, briefs the engineers of his unit prior to the start of the work day, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school and one latrine facility as part of task force Bon Voizen. In English Bon Voizen means “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    First day on the job; Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings a member of the 716th Engineer Company, & non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, briefs the engineers of his unit prior to the start of the work...

  • (L-R) 1st Lt. James Gagne, officer in charge of the 716th Engineer Company in Haiti, Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction project in Upper Poteau discusses the day’s course of action regarding the medical clinic with Belizean Defense Force engineers while Spc. Shane Cormier, a 716th engineer looks on, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen. In English Bon Voizen means “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    (L-R) 1st Lt. James Gagne, officer in charge of the 716th Engineer Company in Haiti, Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction project in Upper Poteau discusses the day’s course of action regarding...

  • (L-R) 1st Lt. James Gagne, officer in charge of the 716th Engineer Company in Haiti, Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction project in Upper Poteau discusses the day’s course of action regarding the medical clinic with Belizean Defense Force engineers while Spc. Shane Cormier, a 716th engineer looks on, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen. In English Bon Voizen means “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    (L-R) 1st Lt. James Gagne, officer in charge of the 716th Engineer Company in Haiti, Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction project in Upper Poteau discusses the day’s course of action regarding...

  • Promoted to the rank of specialist while deployed to Haiti with Task Force Bon Voizen, June 4, 2011. (From L-R) Jia Wei Wu, Justin Coomes, Brian Hackett, and Adam Dugauy. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC/ Released)
Promoted to the rank of specialist while deployed to Haiti with Task Force Bon Voizen, June 4, 2011. (From L-R) Jia Wei Wu, Justin Coomes, Brian Hackett, and Adam Dugauy. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Promoted to the rank of specialist while deployed to Haiti with Task Force Bon Voizen, June 4, 2011. (From L-R) Jia Wei Wu, Justin Coomes, Brian Hackett, and Adam Dugauy. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build two...

  • Pvt. Mario Marin, Belize Defence Force, operates a circular saw while Lance Cpl. Domingo Cal, BDF (center), and Spc. Robert Page observe at a school construction site, Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 4, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, meaning “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pvt. Mario Marin, Belize Defence Force, operates a circular saw while Lance Cpl. Domingo Cal, BDF (center), and Spc. Robert Page observe at a school construction site, Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 4, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th...

  • Pvt. Chauncey Edwards, 716th Engineer Company, paints window bars at a medical clinic construction site Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 4, 2011. Edwards and 57 other 716th members deployed to Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pvt. Chauncey Edwards, 716th Engineer Company, paints window bars at a medical clinic construction site Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 4, 2011. Edwards and 57 other 716th members deployed to Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine...

  • Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, Belize Defence Force and Spc. Brian Hackett, 716th Engineer Company, working at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau, Haiti, June, 4, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, meaning “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PA NCOIC/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, Belize Defence Force and Spc. Brian Hackett, 716th Engineer Company, working at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau, Haiti, June, 4, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean...

  • Spc. Robert Page places weather stripping underneath the ridge cap of a three room school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, the school, two medical clinics, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen, or “Good Neighbor.” The task force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PANCOIC)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Robert Page places weather stripping underneath the ridge cap of a three room school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build, the school, two...

  • (From L-R) U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, 1st Lt. James Gagne, 716th Engineer Company, and Lt. Marlo Rodriguez, Belize Defence Force, during Landreneau’s visit to the Task Force Bon Voizen service members in Haiti, June 1, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen. In English Bon Voizen means “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. 
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron LeBlanc, Task Force Bon Voizen Public Affairs/Louisiana Army National Guard/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    (From L-R) U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, 1st Lt. James Gagne, 716th Engineer Company, and Lt. Marlo Rodriguez, Belize Defence Force, during Landreneau’s visit to the Task Force Bon Voizen...

  • 716th Engineer Company Soldiers and members of the Belizean Defense Force construct a three room school at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, the school and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen or “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PANCOIC)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    716th Engineer Company Soldiers and members of the Belizean Defense Force construct a three room school at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two...

  • Pfc. Joseph Waters, 716th Engineer Company, with help from a Belizean Defense Force engineer, marks the point where his fellow engineers will hang a ceiling fan in a medical clinic that is under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th teamed up with the Belizean engineers in Haiti to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen or “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC PANCOIC)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pfc. Joseph Waters, 716th Engineer Company, with help from a Belizean Defense Force engineer, marks the point where his fellow engineers will hang a ceiling fan in a medical clinic that is under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011...

  • Spc. Michael Kilday, 716th Engineer Company, moves light fixtures from a storage container to a school construction project site at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build the school, t

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Michael Kilday, 716th Engineer Company, moves light fixtures from a storage container to a school construction project site at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build the...

  • Spc. Eric Kenton (L) & Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, review the building plans of a school roof currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Eric Kenton (L) & Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, review the building plans of a school roof currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

  • Spc. Michael McGovern (L) tosses a full bag of cement to Pfc. Dustin Mackiewicz atop a cement mixer at a medical clinic construction site, Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Michael McGovern (L) tosses a full bag of cement to Pfc. Dustin Mackiewicz atop a cement mixer at a medical clinic construction site, Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

  • Spc. Michael McGovern (L) and Pfc. Dustin Mackiewicz, 716th Engineer Company, load cement into a cement mixer at a medical clinic construction site, Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Michael McGovern (L) and Pfc. Dustin Mackiewicz, 716th Engineer Company, load cement into a cement mixer at a medical clinic construction site, Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

  • Spc. Michael McGovern (L) & Spc. William Dudley, 716th Engineer Company install a drop ceiling during medical clinic construction project at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Michael McGovern (L) & Spc. William Dudley, 716th Engineer Company install a drop ceiling during medical clinic construction project at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

  • Pfc. Christopher Tracey, 716th Engineer Company, prepares a relay box that will connect a light fixture to a fuse box during a medical clinic construction project at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pfc. Christopher Tracey, 716th Engineer Company, prepares a relay box that will connect a light fixture to a fuse box during a medical clinic construction project at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

  • Army Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard (L), greets Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, 716th Engineer Company and non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction site at Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 1, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Army Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard (L), greets Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, 716th Engineer Company and non-commissioned officer in charge of a medical clinic construction site at Upper Poteau, Haiti...

  • Air Force Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of the Colorado National Guard, observes Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, Belize National Defence Force (L), and Sgt. Daryl Ayers, 716th Engineer Company (R), working at a medical clinic construction site at Upper Poteau, Haiti June 1, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Air Force Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of the Colorado National Guard, observes Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, Belize National Defence Force (L), and Sgt. Daryl Ayers, 716th Engineer Company (R), working at a medical clinic construction...

  • Pvt. Clifford Cadle (L), Belizean Defense Force, & Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, pause to get direction from fellow engineers during a school construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pvt. Clifford Cadle (L), Belizean Defense Force, & Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, pause to get direction from fellow engineers during a school construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

  • Pvt. Clifford Cadle (L), Belizean Defense Force, & Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, secures a ridge cap to the roof of a three room school currently being constructed at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pvt. Clifford Cadle (L), Belizean Defense Force, & Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, secures a ridge cap to the roof of a three room school currently being constructed at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

  • Spc. Scott Martin (L), 716th Engineer Company, & Pvt. Nathaniel Hinds, Belizean Defense Force, observe their level to make sure that the cabinet they’re installing is stable at a medical clinic construction project site, Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Scott Martin (L), 716th Engineer Company, & Pvt. Nathaniel Hinds, Belizean Defense Force, observe their level to make sure that the cabinet they’re installing is stable at a medical clinic construction project site, Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May...

  • Spc. Andrew Welch (L) & Spc. Eric Gray, 716th Engineer Company, install a drop ceiling ridge in a medical clinic under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Andrew Welch (L) & Spc. Eric Gray, 716th Engineer Company, install a drop ceiling ridge in a medical clinic under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

  • Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, measures the center point on the roof of a school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, measures the center point on the roof of a school currently under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

  • Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, receives a ridge cap section from fellow engineers meant for the roof of a school that is under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Robert Page, 716th Engineer Company, receives a ridge cap section from fellow engineers meant for the roof of a school that is under construction at Upper Poteau Haiti, May 28, 2011.

  • Pvt. Erasmo Teck, Belize Defence Force, (L) and Spc. Eric Kenton dig the foundation for a concrete walkway at a school construction project, Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 3, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pvt. Erasmo Teck, Belize Defence Force, (L) and Spc. Eric Kenton dig the foundation for a concrete walkway at a school construction project, Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 3, 2011.

  • Lance Cpl. Domingo Cal, Belize Defence Force, makes minor repairs to the roof of a school construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Cal and a team of engineers joined 58 members are working with the 716th Engineer Company to help build two medical clinics, a school, and one latrine facility as part of Task Force Bon Voizen. In English Bon Voizen means “Good Neighbor.” The Task Force deploys U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training, and to provide humanitarian services, which includes staffing three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. 
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Eugene, 412th TEC Public Affairs NCOIC/ Released)

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Lance Cpl. Domingo Cal, Belize Defence Force, makes minor repairs to the roof of a school construction project at Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Cal and a team of engineers joined 58 members are working with the 716th Engineer Company to help build...

  • 716th Engineer Company Soldiers and members of the Belize Defence Force erect a flagpole in front of a school construction project at Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 3, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    716th Engineer Company Soldiers and members of the Belize Defence Force erect a flagpole in front of a school construction project at Upper Poteau, Haiti, June 3, 2011.

  • Spc. Isaiah Hoyt, 716th Engineer Company, unravels the power cable connected to a generator that provides electricity to the tools engineers use to build a medical clinic at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Isaiah Hoyt, 716th Engineer Company, unravels the power cable connected to a generator that provides electricity to the tools engineers use to build a medical clinic at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011.

  • Pfc. Molly Arrecis, 716th Engineer Company, builds ramp that will allow her fellow engineers to access the storage container at a medical clinic construction site at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Pfc. Molly Arrecis, 716th Engineer Company, builds ramp that will allow her fellow engineers to access the storage container at a medical clinic construction site at Bardon Marchon, Haiti, May 29, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th...

  • Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, 716th Engineer Company, smooths the edges of a metal “concrete form-support” at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help build two

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, 716th Engineer Company, smooths the edges of a metal “concrete form-support” at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716th deployed to Haiti to help...

  • Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, Belizean Defense Force, slices a metal “concrete form- support” at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Bregal and a team of Belizean engineers teamed up with 58 members of the 716th Engineer Co

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, Belizean Defense Force, slices a metal “concrete form- support” at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Bregal and a team of Belizean engineers teamed up with 58 members of the 716th...

  • Spc. Andrew Welch, 716th Engineer Company, reduces the length of a concrete form support to give a cement mixer easy access to the structure at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the 716

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

    Spc. Andrew Welch, 716th Engineer Company, reduces the length of a concrete form support to give a cement mixer easy access to the structure at a medical clinic construction site, Upper Poteau Haiti, June 1, 2011. Fifty-eight Reserve Soldiers from the...

  • Sgt. Megan Moore, 716th Engineer Company, tends to Wilbert August after the National School of Bardon Marchand student hurt himself during a pick-up soccer game at Bardon Marchand, Haiti, May 31, 2011. August approached the Reserve Soldiers asking for hel

    716th Engineer Company in Haiti

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GONAIVES, Haiti - What motivated the United States to send its Army engineers to Haiti to help?

Jeean Babtiste Moncleste asked the question after observing the progress the 716th Engineer Company had made on a medical clinic construction project that the Reserve Soldiers were working on in Bardon Marchand with their counterparts from the Belize Defence Force’s Light Engineer Company.

Moncleste is the principal of the National School of Bardon Marchand, and the construction was taking place next to his institution. He said that he was looking forward to the project’s completion, because of the need for such a facility.

“Some of the kids come in with sicknesses, [and] there’s no other clinic nearby,” Moneleste said. “I can just send them right over here. I’m happy that you guys put the clinic here.”

“Being able to provide something…that make their lives easier, to me, is the greatest thing we can do,” said Sgt. Joao Daluz, 716th Engineer Company and noncommissioned officer in charge.

Approximately 35 minutes away, another team of 716th and BDFLEC engineers was helping to build a three-room school, a latrine and a second medical clinic.

The 716th and the BDF engineers augmented Task Force Bon Voizen, which means Good Neighbor, to help build the three facilities as part of exercise New Horizons Haiti 2011. The exercise is a humanitarian and training effort, so the first-line leaders of both organizations seized the opportunity to cross train many of their Soldiers.

“Plumbers ended up doing something electrical, and electrical guys ended up doing some plumbing,” said Staff Sgt. Neal Hastings, NCOIC of the medical clinic project at Upper Poteau. “I had one guy who knew how to put in a drop ceiling, now I have four…, because he trained them.”

Cpl. Alejandro Canelo, a welder with the BDFLEC, did masonry and carpentry at the Upper Poteau medical clinic, and he was able to use a tool that had always appealed to him.

“Back in Belize I’d seen carpenters using jigsaws, and I always wanted to use one,” Canelo said. “I got to that here. It wasn’t as hard as I thought.”

Spc. Robert Page, a 716th plumber and New England native, acclimated the hard way to the tropical climate when he worked on the roof of the Upper Poteau School project.

“I’d never worked on a metal roof before; it gives a whole new meaning to cat on a hot tin roof,” Page said. “The first day I was up there, it was about 100 degrees. I could actually feel the hot roof underneath my steel toe boots.”

The progress the 716th made on all three projects while working with the BDFLEC engineers is a testament to the working relationship they established during their two weeks together. The cohesion reached a point where some of the engineers exchanged addresses and discussed vacationing in each other’s hometowns.

“I don’t know why anybody would want to come to Maine, but it’s a vacation, right?” Hastings said referring to the climate differences between the two regions.

“These guys are hilarious to work with,” said Lance Cpl. Meredith Bregal, BDFLEC. “They’d be there just motivating you, having a laugh while working.”

Many of the engineers understood the critical nature of the mission, and took a level of comfort in knowing that the people they came to help appreciate their work.

“It makes us feel a little better about what we’re doing,” said Sgt. Cory Syvinski, 716th Engineer Company, and NCOIC of the Upper Poteau school project.” We’re actually helping people, and in some cases we can see right around the job site the people that we’re going to be impacting.”

“Only a handful of us got the opportunity to come here,” Bregal said. “Using my skills to do something good is something that I feel proud of.”

“The gratitude these people have…is pretty awe inspiring,” Page said. “You can see they’re genuinely happy to see us. It’s pretty hard to hide that, they smile, and they wave.”

At the Bardon Marchand site, the engineers built mini soccer goalposts for the NSBM students, and they fixed swing and seesaw sets on the playground.

Staff Sgt. Megan Moore, who on a few occasions received captured lizards as gifts from children, used chalking compound and tape to repair shoes that appeared irreparable on the students’ feet.

To date, it’s unclear whether Moncleste found an official answer to his question about the motivation behind the United State’s willingness to help his country.

“Your country loves God as much as our country [does], was it the Lord who motivated you guys to help us?” Moncleste asked rhetorically.

“It’s in your heart to help this country get better,” Moncleste concluded.

Page last updated Mon June 13th, 2011 at 12:23