Local soldiers wrapping up Haiti mission

April 27, 2010 8:20:41 PM PDT
The Army said Tuesday that more than 600 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division have begun to leave Haiti. The troops have been relieved of their humanitarian mission to help earthquake victims.

The 2nd Bn, 325th Inf. Regt. (Airborne), "White Falcons," 2nd Brigade Combat Team deployed to Haiti on Jan. 17. It assisted Haitians with food and shelter distribution points and security for debris removal in and around Port-Au-Prince.

"Initially, the shock and devastation caused by the earthquake led the people in Port au Prince to question whether they would survive the next day or the next week," said LTC David S. Doyle, commander, 2-325th AIR in a statement. "But over time we saw people become more confident, resolve themselves to make improvements, and carve a new path ahead."

The troops gave out more than 26,000 shelters, 2 million MREs (military meals ready to eat), 3 million pounds of rice, 27,000 family food packages, 24,000 bottles of water, and facilitated the medical treatment of more than 2,000 patients.

They also assisted Haitian, Italian and U.S. engineers with the removal of over 65,000 cubic yards of debris.

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