Fort Bragg soldiers return from Haiti

June 1, 2010 4:05:32 PM PDT
Soldiers from the 65th Military Police Company returned home Tuesday after almost six months in earthquake-stricken Haiti.About 120 soldiers from the 65th Military Police Company arrived home Tuesday afternoon after a five month deployment.

The soldiers were among the first units that flew to Haiti to help in recovery efforts after the massive earthquake on Jan. 12 that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

"I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan, and I'll tell you that's some of the worst I have seeing Haiti when we got here," Company Commander Capt. Maurice Green said.

The MP's provided aid and assisted with the relocation of about 2,700 people. They distributed more than 6,600 meals, 3,100 bottles of water and 8,500 hygiene kits. The soldiers also inspected outgoing equipment to ensure there were no custom violations.

"We started from where we had nothing," Sgt. Chad Costner said. "We were sleeping out in fields on cots and ponchos; we actually got to build from the ground up."

The military police company was sent to Haiti just months after pulling duty in Iraq.

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