Aid efforts continue to pour into Haiti

January 19, 2010 5:47:57 PM PST
More 82nd Airborne soldiers are loading up and going to Haiti. There's been a constant flurry of activity since the quake hit Haiti a week ago. Officials have been working almost around the clock at the main rigging station on Fort Bragg.

Troops are trying to move several hundred MREs - meals ready to eat - and water to Haiti.

Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick commands Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps. He says his troop faces a variety of challenges with their mission in the devastated nation.

"One of the biggest challenges we have is the... getting things in the country," Helmick said. "We stand ready here and we're ahead and we want to be ahead so when an airplane lands we know what kind of airplane is coming in... what kind of load is already pre-designated to go on that airplane, so they're no wasted time on the ground."

Nearly a week after the devastating earthquake; food, water and medical supplies are still needed the most. So are security forces to make sure the supplies get distributed safely.

"Our main mission is just help them out," Military Police Officer Sgt. Steve Sivak said. "Whatever they need, if they need supplies, we'll be there. If they have any wounds to be treated, we're going to do it."

Meanwhile, airmen from Pope Air Force Base are also playing a major role in relief efforts.

On Monday, ABC11 Eyewitness News was aboard a C-17, when it dropped 55,000 pounds of relief pallets.

The drop lasted only a few seconds, but it will provide food and water for more than 24,000 people.

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