NEWS | Jan. 17, 2010

JTF-Bravo deploys medical personnel to support Haiti disaster relief

By 1st Lt. Jen Richard Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs

A team of Joint Task Force-Bravo medical personnel deployed at approximately 10 p.m. Jan. 17 in support of disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

Twenty-three members of Joint Task Force-Bravo's Medical Element departed for Port au Prince where they will provide critical medical support to Joint Task Force-Haiti in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE , the joint U.S. military disaster relief mission there.

"The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen on our Medical Element Team are ready and eager to help Haiti," said Col. Marie Dominguez, Medical Element commander. "Providing humanitarian assistance is one of our primary missions here at Joint Task Force-Bravo, so we are well-equipped to respond to the disaster and help reduce suffering."

In November, Joint Task Force-Bravo conducted disaster relief operations in El Salvador following torrential rains that caused mudslides and flooding throughout the country. From Nov. 12 - 23, Joint Task Force-Bravo personnel and helicopters assisted by distributing more than 370,000 lbs. of relief supplies to isolated villagers and providing medical assistance to about 3,000 Salvadorans in need.

"Joint Task Force-Bravo has a rich history of providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," said Lt. Col. Brian Severns, Joint Task Force-Bravo deputy commander. "We are here ready to support the United States' disaster relief efforts and help our friends and neighbors in Haiti."

For more information on the Joint Task Force-Bravo deployment, please contact Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs at pao@jtfb.southcom.mil.

For the most up-to-date fact sheets on Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, visit the U.S. Southern Command webpage http://www.southcom.mil/AppsSC/factFiles.php?id=138.