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EVENT: 3

rd
ESC Welcome Home Ceremony
SPEAKER: COL(P) AKIN 3
rd
ESC Commander
DATE/LOCATION: 1530, 9 MAR, Sadowski Fieldhouse






Well thank you Colonel ______________for those fine
remarks about our unit and Soldiers.
Before I start Id like to recognize our honored guests
who took time out of their busy schedules to attend todays
ceremony.
LTG Keen
CSM Espinal
Brigade and Battalion commanders of the JLC

Id also like to take a minute to thank some Soldiers and
NCOs who made this special event happen. For every
event or mission here - there are NCOs and Soldiers that
operate behind the scenes that make things happen. For
today it meant setting up flags, organizing ushers,


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conducting rehearsals, and making sure Soldiers were in
the right place at the right time. Sergeants Major McGhee,
1SG Napier, Captain Hayes - thanks for making the little
things big things. Finally color guard led by Staff
Sergeant Porch you look sharp and represent both the
3
rd
and the 377
th
TSC superbly.

Its hard to believe over 7, 48, days, 244 hours have
passed since our first team of two arrived here in Haiti.
Starting with those first two up through the arrival of our
main body on Feb. 3
rd
- our minds and bodies were
consumed with absorbing and assuming the mission.
Those initial days were ones where we measured success
in firsts. Our first watercraft delivery over the shore, our
first CUB, our first gallon of water from a ROWPU, our first


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clean bag of laundry from a LADS, and unfortunately
our first set of American remains repatriated.
This last week, however, has been one of lasts our
last trip to visit Soldiers, our last mission in the left seat,
our last CUB, and our last glances at how Haiti has
improved the devastating earthquake of January 12.
It is important to reflect today on that in-between the
firsts and lasts. Today we reflect on not only the progress
weve seen here in Haiti since we arrived - but what our
units contribution has been to that effort.
Our leaders have asked much of this command and
weve delivered. Starting from day one this command
took charge. As one logistician used to say - The
sustainment command is where the art and science of
logistics comes together. I agree and the senior leaders
and experts within our command proved they were up to


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the graduate-level logistics challenges this mission
required.
We had our challenges if this was grad school we had
to do it old school. Despite weather, life support,
connectivity, aftershocks, infrastructure, we fought to
provide world-class sustainment and distribution to the
JTF when they needed it the most. Now dont get me
wrong sometimes it was by sheer lucksometimes by
sheer determination.sometimes by force of will.but
always in the spirit of professionalism.
Our efforts enabled the Haitian government, USAID,
and NGOs to begin the process of rebuilding this country.
Additionally, our support to forces of the JTF ensued the
servicemembers on the ground had everything they
needed to accomplish their missions.


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And when I say old school I mean old school. If you
think about it we did a lot of things that the Army has
gotten away from. Weve had to do things that senior
NCOs and officers learned to do long ago but our
younger generation has never seen. Think about this
when was the last time we:
-Had to find a well and purify water out of it with a
ROWPU?
-Had to sort mail in MRE boxes on field tables?
-Had to conduct mortuary affairs in a field environment?
-Had to request, receive, and distribute supplies without e-
mail or internet?
-Had to rely on young sergeants and officers to do direct
coordination with NGOs to organize daily distribution of
HA supplies?
-Set up a GP medium lots of them?


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-Relied on a water buffalo for hygiene and laundry?
-Had to count on Army watercraft to get essential
sustainment over the shore?
-Had to use an LCU to fill water buffaloes?
-Or my favorite learn how to do your laundry in a bucket!
But all kidding aside - not only did these things happen
but a new generation of Soldiers has had their eyes
opened. Young Soldiers and officers alike have learned
how to be flexible and adapt in austere conditions.
Theyve had to think and make decisions on their feet.
This was definitely a new kind of mission a tough
mission and one where we could see we were having an
impact on the lives of Haitians in need. To look at the
numbers its staggering. Under the leadership of this
headquarters and with the help and guidance of our JTF
and International partners the JLC:


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Completed 2,704 humanitarian aid / distribution
missions, handled 4,460 humanitarian aid containers,
distributed 2.9 million humanitarian aid rations and 17
million pounds of bulk food, in total, feeding 530,166
Haitian families
Completed 163 transportation missions, drove 44,689
miles, transported 29,351 short tons of supplies and
handled 4,347 shipping containers and 2,227 pallets
Administered 5,551 rabies vaccinations, performed
1,008 preventive medicine assessments and treated
78 patients
Executed Jointness by providing logistical support to
Joint Forces. For example: support to the Coast
Guard for the very first time, including obtaining a
DODAAC
Processed 116 contracts, obligating over $5 million


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Took on a new mission with the DRCC (Deployment /
Redeployment Coordination Center) processed 129
pieces of equipment for shipment, built 950 ULNs
(unit line numbers, or requests for movement) and
processed 9,123 military passengers
Sustained U.S. forces: issued 2.6 million MREs
(Meals Ready to Eat), 3.8 million bottles of water and
purified 867,873 gallons of bulk water, also issued
457,118 gallons of fuel
Took care of the morale and welfare of Soldier on the
ground: received 3,157 bags of mail and processed
12,397 individual pieces of mail, also processed
15,017 bundles of laundry
Mortuary Affairs: recovered 40 sets of American
remains and repatriated 34, to date This is the first
time that DMORT has conducted operations on


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foreign soil and the first time that a DMORT team has
been embedded within a mortuary affairs unit. This
capability provided the ability for 100% identification
of American Citizen remains on site and provided
rapid repatriation to the U.S. This partnership has not
only provided a capability here in Haiti, but also a best
practice that could evolve into an enduring
partnership between DMORT and the U.S. Army.

The Soldiers and Families of the 3
rd
ESC need to take
pride in these efforts. The smiles, pride and energy seen
on the faces of everyday Haitians are now becoming the
norm here as opposed to the exception.
But hope and progress have a price. In reflecting on our
successes let us not forget to remember the disaster
and loss that brought us here. We cannot forget the


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hundreds of thousands of Haitians that lost their lives. We
cannot forget the over 60 American citizens who lost their
lives here. We cannot forget our one Air Force brother
whose ramp ceremony we will always remember. We
cannot forget HE paid the ultimate sacrifice. Keep all of
these fallen and their Families in our thoughts and
prayers. Let us remember that their loss and sacrifice
lives-on as part of the history and legacy of the 3
rd
ESC.
We will not forget them.
So today we say goodbye to Haiti and to the over 2000
Soldiers, Sailors, and civilians of the JLC. I would like to
thank each of you for your service. Over the past 48 days
there were many good days and a number of bad days.
Some days I was amazed at our success and others
admittedly it seemed nothing could go right. But
throughout the one constant was our team of Sustainers.


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Daily, often under the cover of darkness, the JLC
servicemembers traveled the roads of Haiti, worked in the
dusty HSA and container yards, answered the call at the
port, transloaded cargo on the LCU and filled the empty
water buffalo. They did it without glamour. They did this
without expectation of reward or entitlement. They did this
for their fellow Soldier. They did it for their fellow sailor.
They did it because in the words of General Fraser The
JLC is expected to make the magic happen.
The accomplishments of this command were built on the
backs and strong hands of its Soldiers. For that you
the SOLDIERS of the 3
rd
ESC have my thanks. I consider
it a privilege to serve with you and I am honored to be
counted among your ranks. You are the finest, most
adaptable force the world has ever known.


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So, without keeping you all too much longer Id like to
welcome Major General Louis Visot and your Can-Do
team.
Handing over the mission today Im reminded of the of
what this headquarters looked like when I arrived. It
wasnt much but weve definitely improved the foxhole
for you.
The transition this week has been smooth and I know
you will have your own challenges in the upcoming
months. Weve been busy but I dont think it will
compare to what will undoubtedly be one of the most
challenging missions your 377
th
TSC has ever undertaken.
Weve tried to set the conditions for future success here in
Haiti - now, we pass that mission to you. Good luck to you
and your Soldiers. They wont fail you.


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Thanks again to our distinguished visitors for
attending today. Its been an honor being part of the Joint
team here in Haiti.
CSM Tennant we have one last mission lets get
this team home safely!
Sustaining the Line!