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Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet MISSION: Joint Logistics Command – Haiti (JLC-Haiti) provides

Joint Logistics Command Haiti Fact Sheet

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet MISSION: Joint Logistics Command – Haiti (JLC-Haiti) provides command

MISSION: Joint Logistics Command Haiti (JLC-Haiti) provides command and control of sustainment, health service support, and distribution operations in support of Joint Task Force - Haiti (JTF-Haiti) to enable humanitarian assistance / disaster response as well as sustainment operations to US Forces in Haiti.

LEADERSHIP: JLC-H was formed within days of the earthquake by Fort Knox’s 3 d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) when 3 d ESC leadership began to deploy in support of JTF-Haiti. 3 d ESC Soldiers continued to deploy over the next two weeks and by February 3 rd , approximately half the unit had deployed from Fort Knox to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. On March 6 th , 2010, the 3 d ESC will transfer authority of the JLC-Haiti mission to the 377 th Theater Sustainment Command, headquartered in New Orleans.

CAPABILITIES: Under the leadership of the 3 d ESC, JLC Haiti includes over 2000 servicemembers

3 d ESC’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company: includes senior logistical experts with multiple deployments within the Army taken from officer, warrant officer, and NCO ranks.

7 th Sustainment Bde: including ships, divers, laundry facilities, a postal unit and mortuary affairs, bulk water, food and fuels.

56 th Multi-functional Medical Bn: including health care for all U.S. forces, blood support, preventive medicine, and veterinary services assisting NGOs and the government of Haiti establish health services when requested.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Under the leadership of the 3 d ESC, Joint Logistics Command Haiti accomplished much to relieve the suffering of the people of Haiti sustain U.S. Forces assisting with the relief efforts.

Humanitarian Aid Support: 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

Transportation: completed 163 missions, drove 44,689 miles, transported 29,351 short tons of supplies and handled 4,347 shipping containers and 2,227 pallets

Medical: administered 5,551 rabies vaccinations, performed 1,008 preventive medicine assessments and treated 78 patients

Jointness: The 3 d ESC provided logistical support to Joint Forces. For example: support to the Coast Guard for the very first time, including obtaining a DODAAC

Contracting: processed 116 contracts, obligating over $5 million

Military movement: DRCC (Deployment / Redeployment Coordination Center) processed 351 pieces of equipment for shipment, built 950 ULNs (unit line numbers, or requests for movement) and processed 9,123 military passengers

Sustainment of 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

Field Services: 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 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.

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet Core ESC Messages and Talking Points: Message: The

Joint Logistics Command Haiti Fact Sheet

Core ESC Messages and Talking Points:

– Haiti Fact Sheet Core ESC Messages and Talking Points: Message: The 3 d Sustainment Command

Message: The 3 d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has a proud expeditionary tradition and history of deploying anytime, anywhere when needed.

Conflicts and other emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere around the globe.

Iraq / Afghanistan 2003-2008: Provided support in every OIF rotation since 2003, as well as serving in Afghanistan as part of several rotations of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Iraq 2008-2009: Senior logistics headquarters for MNC-I in support of OIF 08-10.

We were a valuable asset in the mission to return Iraq to a state of security and self-sufficiency.

We supported the ISF and as they maintained security, stability and unity, Iraq continued to enjoy economic growth through the domestic efforts of its people and through external investment of the international business community.

Iraq determined its own future through safe elections and economic progress; grew in capacity each day and took its place in the world as a proud and sovereign nation.

Message: The 3 d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) is an adaptive and ready unit providing sustainment and distribution management anywhere, at any time, in any environment, against any adversary.

We are prepared to deploy at a moment’s notice.

We are 8,000 Soldiers strong with units at Fort Knox and in Virginia at Fort Eustis, Fort Lee and Fort Story.

We have command and control over 1 Sustainment Brigade, 1 Quartermaster Group and 1 Transportation Company.

When deployed, the 3 d ESC provides single headquarters command and control for operational level sustainment and distribution management in support of deployed Corps or JTF Headquarters.

When we say logistics, we mean supplies, transportation, maintenance, field services, distribution, and contracting.

When we provide personnel services, we mean human resources, financial management, legal support, and religious support.

Message: Resilient and informed Soldiers and Family members are key to readiness they deserve our recognition and untiring support.

We are committed to communicating effectively and often with our Soldiers and Families.

Our FRSA and virtual Family Readiness Website keep Families updated on unit news.

We have harnessed the hundreds of agencies and programs available in the Fort Knox community to ensure our Soldiers and Families are ready for deployment and any contingency.

We need resilient Soldiers who are physically, mentally and spiritually capable of going through multiple deployments.

We need resilient Family members who are physically, mentally and spiritually capable of going through multiple deployments and the other stressors of life.

To be resilient, you must be able to balance your world and the world around you. You have to not only be able to balance yourself internally (physically, mentally, and emotionally) but externally as well (family and work).

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet 3 d ESC Haiti Redeployment Qs and As

Joint Logistics Command Haiti Fact Sheet

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet 3 d ESC Haiti Redeployment Qs and As –

3 d ESC Haiti Redeployment Qs and As Mar. 2010

1. When did the 3 d ESC get to Haiti? Our first Soldiers arrived in Haiti on January 17 th , just five days after the earthquake, and began laying the groundwork for the formation of Joint Logistics Command - Haiti. About half our headquarters Soldiers deployed from Fort Knox over the next two weeks, with the largest group arriving on February 3 rd . That last big influx of Soldiers allowed us to go to 24-hour operations in support of the Haitian relief effort.

2. Is it normal for an ESC to deploy in support of humanitarian operations? No, unless you count support for the Berlin Airlift in 1947 and 1948, this is the very first time an Army logistics unit has deployed for a humanitarian mission. But it’s worth pointing out that our mission to provide logistics management anywhere at any time and we stand ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, as we have proved following Haiti’s earthquake.

3. What did the 3 d ESC do in Haiti? We did what we do wherever we deploy provide logistics in support of a higher headquarters. In Haiti, we supported Joint Task Force Haiti by supplying U.S. troops from all the services with everything from food to fuel. For example, we supplied the 82 nd Airborne’s 2 nd Brigade Combat Team so they could perform their mission of security for the Haitian relief effort. In less than two months, we support servicemembers in Haiti by distributing 2.6 million MREs (meals ready-to-eat) and 3.8 million bottles of water. We also helped establish laundry and mail facilities.

4. How were you able to help the Haitian people? In less than two months, the Joint Logistics Command distributed 2.9 million humanitarian aid rations and 17 million pounds of bulk food, in total, feeding 530,166 Haitian families. In addition, our medical team administered 5,551 rabies vaccinations, performed 1,008 preventive medicine assessments and treated 78 patients.

5. How many Soldiers did you have with you in Haiti? Our headquarters element consisted of about 125 Soldiers, but as a headquarters, Joint Logistics Command Haiti team included over 2,000 servicemembers from all the services and, for the first time, the Coast Guard as well. JLC-Haiti was supported by the 7 th Sustainment Brigade from Fort Eustis, Virginia, the 56 th Multi-function Medical Battalion from Fort Lewis, Washington as well as smaller units from Fort Lee, Virginia, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and many other places.

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet 6. What did those other units do? Our

Joint Logistics Command Haiti Fact Sheet

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet 6. What did those other units do? Our 7

6. What did those other units do? Our 7 th Sustainment Brigade helped the World Food Program distribute food to the Haitian people, but also brought ships and divers to the mission. The 56 th Multi- functional Medical Battalion provided health care for all U.S. forces, as well as blood support, preventive medicine, and veterinary services, plus assisting NGOs and the government of Haiti establish health services when requested.

7. Is it normal for the ESC to deploy with a mortuary affairs unit? Not like we did in Haiti. This deployment was the first time that a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, or DMORT, embedded within an Army mortuary affairs unit. As a team, mortuary affairs was able to recover 40 sets of American remains and repatriate 34, to date. This partnership has not only provided a capability in Haiti, but also a best practice that could evolve into an enduring partnership between DMORT and the U.S. Army.

8. Why was your deployment so short? The 3 d ESC was sent to Haiti as a “bridging solution” to satisfy the immediate need for military logistics in Haiti, until the 377 th Theater Sustainment Command, from New Orleans could mobilize, train and get to Haiti to take over the mission. Another reason this was a short tour for us was the fact that the 3 d ESC had just redeployed from Iraq in August of 2009.

9. Why did the Army deploy the ESC so soon after the unit returned from Iraq? During our recent 15-month deployment to Iraq, the 3 d ESC enhanced its reputation of managing large-scale logistics with an extremely high level of success. When the Army needed a unit to take care of the military logistics mission across Haiti, they knew they could depend on the 3 rd ESC to get the job done.

10. How was the deployment to Haiti different from the deployment to Iraq? The main difference was the conditions we operated under. In Iraq, we fell in on a well- established American military base with adequate housing, well-established offices and good communications. In Haiti, we were living and working under very austere conditions. We turned a field next to the airport in Port-au-Prince into a fully-functioning logistics headquarters. Still, we all lived and worked in tents, ate MREs (meals ready-to- eat) and did our own laundry in buckets we brought with us before laundry service started.

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet 11. What was the biggest challenge of this

Joint Logistics Command Haiti Fact Sheet

Joint Logistics Command – Haiti Fact Sheet 11. What was the biggest challenge of this deployment?

11. What was the biggest challenge of this deployment? Communications. When we set up our headquarters, we had to lay the internet and phone lines that are necessary for us to coordinate logistics for an entire joint task force. At the beginning, we had to resort to doing our mission without e-mail and telephones, but we were able to improve our communications capability significantly and help set up our replacements for success.

12. What was the biggest accomplishment of this deployment? No accomplishment was more important than saving lives of the Haitian people. But we’re also proud of the way we were able to pull together units from all over the country and all the services, including, for the first time, the coast guard into a cohesive logistics team. With that team, we were able to reopen Haiti’s main port, ensuring the free flow of needed supplies to the Haitian people.

13. How were you received by the Haitians? As we travelled to our other camps and helped distribute food and other supplies, our Soldiers were constantly out among the Haitian people. We found the Haitians to be polite and very thankful for the help they received from the United Nations and from militaries and private organizations from countries all over the world. After all they’ve been through, they remain hopeful for a better future for their country.

14. When will the ESC deploy again? The unit is not currently under orders to deploy anywhere else, but we will be ready when our leaders call us. In the mean time, as when we returned from Iraq, we will give our Soldiers some time to rest and then we will reset our personnel and equipment and continue training so we’re ready for our next mission, whenever that call comes.

15. Is there anything you would like to add? While we are very proud of our accomplishments, we don’t want to lose sight of the tragedy that brought us to Haiti. Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their lives in the earthquake as well as those who continue to struggle to work through the quake’s aftermath to just survive. The 3 d ESC is happy that we were able to help the Haitian people get through this terrible period in their history. We know our presence here saved lives and we’ll always be proud of that fact.