NBG 2 Sailors Help People of Haiti

Story Number: NNS100302-03Release Date: 3/2/2010 8:43:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (NNS) -- Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 Sailors completed several construction jobs in Port-au-Prince and participated in community relations projects while deployed in support of Operation Unified Response.

The battalion, in conjunction with Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 and Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202, constructed a portion of a life support activity (LSA) facility which will serve as the new bed-down location for Joint Task Force Haiti.

They also provided another route of travel for residents to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

"In addition to our primary mission of Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS), we were tasked with supporting two key engineering-related projects," said Capt. Paul Webb, commanding officer, ACB 2. "They include a 40-acre clearance operation for future bed-down capacity and roadway improvements adjacent to the Haiti International Airport."

Through the application of expertise found throughout the command, ACB-2 found many ways to assist communities in Port-au-Prince.

"The highlight of the mission for me was the opportunity to visit with the children at the New Life Mission Orphanage," said Capt. Clay Saunders, commodore, Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2. "It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces as we played sports games with them. I hope we helped to relieve the suffering after the earthquake. We can't restore the full infrastructure, but we provided the means to help deliver millions of meals and tons of water to those most in need."

After leaving Haiti, NBG 2 and Marine Corps elements will participate in the Maritime Pre-positioning Force portion of the U.S. Navy Europe's annual BALTOPS exercise in Latvia from May to June.

For more news from Operation Unified Response, visit www.navy.mil/haiti/.

A hospital corpsman assigned to (ACB) 2 treats a Haitian boy's foot during a community service event at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince.
100219-N-9643W-237 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 19, 2010) A hospital corpsman assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 treats a Haitian boy's foot during a community service event at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. ACB-2 is supporting Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams)
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