The U.S. military has flown 560 sorties to Haiti, providing rapid logistical and airlift support, including delivery of more than 348,000 pounds of aid, the Joint Staff deputy director for regional operations said.
Army Maj. Gen. William D. “Hank” Taylor spoke on this and other topics during a press briefing on August 30.
The humanitarian assistance operation comes in the wake of two natural disasters that recently hit the Caribbean island.
First, on August 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the southwest area of Haiti, causing widespread damage, killing over 2,000, and injuring many more.
Haiti also took a direct hit from Tropical Storm Grace on August 16, resulting in flooding and compounding the damage from the earthquake.
Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Hoffman, a Defense Department spokesman, said that as of this morning, the Joint Task Force Haiti team has saved or assisted in saving more than 475 lives. The JTF is composed of personnel, equipment, ships and aircraft from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard.
The U.S. military “has been working around the clock to save lives and deliver aid since August 14,” and will continue with that mission, supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, as well as working with international partners and allies to provide life-saving aid and assistance to the people of Haiti, Hoffman said.