By Col. Michael Borrel, the Task Force Kout Men commander
Bon Jour everyone.
The majority of our second rotation of Task Force Kout Men personnel arrived here at our New Horizons-Haiti 2010 encampment in Mandrin, Haiti last Friday. Our National Guardsmen, Army, Navy, Air Force and Belize troops are working together as a team to accomplish our engineering and medical humanitarian goals. All are doing a great job.
Our new school construction projects are all on or ahead of schedule despite some rain delays which is a testament to the work ethic of our National Guard, Seabee and Belize troops who are currently working those projects. Our medical and dental readiness training exercise teams (MEDRETE) from the Navy, Air Force and Army have now treated over 15,000 patients at four different sites since the New Horizons-Haiti 2010 humanitarian MEDRETE effort began about a month ago. This is an incredible number of patients served given an average MEDRETE team consists of approximately 15 providers.
We’ve also had two very special visitors this week. Rear Adm. Cynthia Dullea, the deputy commander for U.S. Navy Medicine, National Capital Area/deputy director U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, Reserve Component paid us a visit on Tuesday and Kenneth H. Merten, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti flew in today to visit our New Horizons-Haiti 2010 troops and attend the funeral of the mayor of Gonaives. Both of their visits meant a lot to our Task Force Kout Men family.
Keeping all of our family and friends back home in the United States informed about the great things their guardsman, soldier, airman or seaman is important to us so if you get a chance, please visit New Horizons-Task Force Kout Men on Facebook and become a “Fan.” If you “tweet,” we’d love for you to follow us on Twitter. If you’re a Flickr fan, please follow our Flickr page.
In less than a month, we’ve released a little over 900 media products to a variety of DoD news organizations, our social media sites and hometown newspapers so please keep a look out for your Task Force Kout Men soldier, sailor or airmen in the news. Until next time, be safe and do what you can to help Haiti out in your own way.
Col. Mike Borrel
Commander, Task Force Kout Men (Helping Hands)
New Horizons Haiti 2010