Airmen Among Servicemembers Still Bringing Relief to Haiti Six Months Later

The New Horizons-Haiti 2010 task force, led by Army Col. Michael Borrel, is working on building schools and bringing medical services to areas of northern Haiti experiencing an influx of people who are fleeing areas directly impacted by the earthquake. The task force, consisting of 550 airmen, sailors and soldiers, will be in place through Sept. 18, 2010.

So far, four medical readiness and training exercise teams have provided assistance, and a team from the 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., began work July 12 in the northern city of Ennery. Patients can come to the team for primary care needs and can also expect to receive public health information and prescription medication if needed, Air Force Col. Thomas Steinbrunner said.

“We’re excited with the opportunity to take care of our Haitian patients,” Col. Steinbrunner mentioned.

If you’re interested in reading more about what the task force is working on, information is available at “DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: New Horizons-Haiti 2010.”

Photo credit: Louisiana Guardsman Col. Mike Borrell, commander of Task Force Kout Men, speaks to media in Haiti June 15. The 500-member task force will construct four new schools in the Gonaives area and conduct 10 medical readiness and training exercises, or MEDRETEs. By Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke