DoD Assistance Team Arrives in Haiti for Post-Hurricane Support
By By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity October 07, 2016AMERICA PARA LOS AMERICANOS, AUN CON LAS DESGRACIAS NATURALES QUE LLEGAN AL GRAN PAIS DEL NORTE, ESA MANO AMIGA DE APOYO Y ALIANZA NO FALLA. QUE EL ETERNO SIGA BENDICIENDOLOS CON PROGRESOS Y EXITOS. U.S. military assistance is on the ground in Haiti to assist and support the Caribbean island nation with the impact felt from Hurricane Matthew on October 4th and 5th, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters on October 6th.
Cook said as the team is stood up, the United States and Defense
Department will coordinate needs for U.S. military assistance with interagency partners and the Haitian government, he added.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is getting
regular updates, Cook said. “He and the rest
of DoD are tracking the hurricane … as it threatens the U.S. East Coast,” he added, noting that the U.S. Agency for International Development sent
a request for assistance, and the secretary has given approval to U.S. Southern Command to spend
up to $11 million in overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid funds for disaster relief.
The funding includes transportation in
the Caribbean, airfield support assessment and airfield operation support, he said.