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U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (1/6), 2d Marine Division, embark a U.S. Navy landing craft utility with Assault Craft Unit Two in Morehead City, N.C., Aug. 18, 2021. Marines with 1/6 deployed in support of Joint Task Force-Haiti for a humanitarian assistance disaster relief mission. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick King)

Photo by Cpl. Patrick King

2d Marine Division Marines and Sailors deploy in support of Haiti disaster relief operations

20 Aug 2021 | 1st Lt. Sydney Murkins 2nd Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA. – Marines from 2d Marine Division (2d MARDIV), II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) have deployed in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Joint Task Force-Haiti to assist in the ongoing U.S. disaster relief mission in Haiti.

Approximately 200 Marine Corps personnel, from 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6), 2d MARDIV, will be supporting the U.S. relief mission. The Marines will join the international effort currently involving officials from the U.S. Embassy, other U.S. military services, and a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that deployed to Haiti Aug. 14, at the direction of USAID.

Historically, U.S. military capabilities are most critical in the early stages of a disaster-relief operation, when fewer resources and disaster-response experts are available to help victims and impacted communities. As those disaster-relief operations progress, and more uniquely experienced experts arrive to assist with longer-term recovery and reconstruction, the need for U.S. military capabilities diminishes, and other, more experienced relief personnel and organizations assume the roles previously performed by military troops and units.

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