In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, CBP's Office of Air and Marine has provided a range of continuous support for the humanitarian response efforts.
The unique capabilities of OAM have enabled the organization to respond to a wide range of support requests, completing dozens of sorties and logging almost 130 hours of flight time in the first week.
Almost immediately after the earthquake, OAM responded to a request from the Joint Interagency Task Force - South to divert a P-3 aircraft to fly over Haiti, and began preparing to deploy its personnel, aircraft, and marine assets.
Initial support included flights of P-3 aircraft to provide flight advisories and two-way radio and other communication relay; providing airborne command and control.
Over the following days, OAM adapted its support to respond to the requests from DHS, including the U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast.
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crews are providing airlift of medical supplies, equipment, and U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security and Drug Enforcement Agency personnel from San Isidro Air Force Base, Dominican Republic to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
DHC-8 aircraft crews provided airlift of medical supplies, meals ready to eat, and water from Puerto Rico to San Isidro AFB, Dominican Republic in support of CBP Office of Field Operations. DHC-8 aircraft also relocated maintenance personnel and equipment from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic.
As relief efforts in Haiti continue, OAM agents and officers will continue to respond to the humanitarian crisis.
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