Service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo prepare to depart for Haiti in support of disaster relief efforts after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the region, at Soto Cano Air Base, Aug 15. At the request of U.S. Southern Command, assets with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, JTF-Bravo will provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities.
Service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo prepare to depart for Haiti in support of disaster relief efforts after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the region, at Soto Cano Air Base, Aug 15. At the request of U.S. Southern Command, assets with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, JTF-Bravo will provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities. (Photo Credit: Capt. Annabel Monroe) VIEW ORIGINAL

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Two U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo, based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, arrived at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in support of disaster relief operations for Haiti, August 16.

At the request of U.S. Southern Command, service members assigned to the Task Force deployed to support relief efforts for the people of Haiti after the nation was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake August 14.

“We are strategically positioned to provide unique capabilities in support of humanitarian efforts,” said U.S. Army Col. Steven Gventer, JTF-Bravo commander. “We will help our Haitian friends through this. Our partnership with Haiti is vital to the security and prosperity of the region.”

Joint Task Force-Bravo will deploy three U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, three UH-60 and two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment for Haiti in support of disaster relief efforts after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the region, Aug 14. At the request of U.S. Southern Command, assets with the 1-228 will provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt Annabel Monroe)
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Joint Task Force-Bravo will deploy three U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, three UH-60 and two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment for Haiti in support of disaster relief efforts after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the region, Aug 14. At the request of U.S. Southern Command, assets with the 1-228 will provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt Annabel Monroe) (Photo Credit: Capt. Annabel Monroe) VIEW ORIGINAL
A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo flies off the coast Montego Bay, Jamaica, August 16. Two U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1-228 deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to support U.S. Southern Command operations to assist Haiti after a 7.2 earthquake devastated the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Annabel Monroe)
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo flies off the coast Montego Bay, Jamaica, August 16. Two U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 1-228 deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to support U.S. Southern Command operations to assist Haiti after a 7.2 earthquake devastated the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Annabel Monroe) (Photo Credit: Capt. Annabel Monroe) VIEW ORIGINAL

The aviation assets will provide heavy and medium lift support to U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance operations, and provide transportation for critical personnel and supplies to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities.

“Our skilled aircrew are capable of providing life-saving support,” said Gventer. “We bring unique capabilities to help save lives during tragic and evolving humanitarian disasters.”

JTF-Bravo will establish a forward operations center and has deployed approximately 120 personnel to sustain relief efforts.

A U.S. Army Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo, prepares to board a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 16. Helicopters with the 1-228 and personnel with JTF-Bravo deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to support U.S. Southern Command operations to assist Haiti after a 7.2 earthquake devastated the country. JTF-Bravo will establish a forward operations center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and has deployed approximately 120 personnel to sustain relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Annabel Monroe)
A U.S. Army Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo, prepares to board a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 16. Helicopters with the 1-228 and personnel with JTF-Bravo deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras to support U.S. Southern Command operations to assist Haiti after a 7.2 earthquake devastated the country. JTF-Bravo will establish a forward operations center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and has deployed approximately 120 personnel to sustain relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Annabel Monroe) (Photo Credit: Capt. Annabel Monroe) VIEW ORIGINAL

The team has flown more than 6,000 nautical miles in 59 hours to conduct refueling at Roatan, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Montego Bay, Jamaica and to deploy all assets to the forward operating location at Guantanamo.

JTF-Bravo will work in conjunction with a SOUTHCOM Situation Assessment Team from Special Operations Command South in Haiti, working with U.S. government diplomatic and disaster-assistance personnel assessing the situation in areas impacted by the earthquake, and will arrive in Haiti August 18 to provide additional lifesaving support.