82nd Airborne Soldiers Arrive in Haiti

Troops from the 82nd Airborne Division wait at the Haiti International Airport after an early morning flight Jan. 16, 2009. As many as 3,500 troops are expected to arrive here in the next few days to begin security the areas for aid drop-off. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III

Troops from the 82nd Airborne Division wait at the Haiti International Airport after an early morning flight Jan. 16, 2009. As many as 3,500 troops are expected to arrive here in the next few days to begin security the areas for aid drop-off. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

HAITI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Haiti, Jan 16, 2009 — Hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division troops from Fort Bragg arrived overnight in the first wave of putting a substantial US military relief effort in place in the wake of this week’s devastating earthquake here.

As many as 3,500 are expected to be on the ground here in just a few short days, as the military finds itself caught somewhere in the middle of finding its feet and moving out to help the tens of thousands left with nothing after the earthquake left much of the island nation buried in rubble.

Air Force C-17s started hauling troops and equipment from the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment yesterday, with the rest of the 800 or so soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team being delivered by ongoing flights through the night.

Read more about the 82nd Airborne’s arrival and misison in Haiti on Defense.gov by clicking here.

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