Magazine article Sea Classics

Seabees Acb 2 Cleared Paths in Haiti

Magazine article Sea Classics

Seabees Acb 2 Cleared Paths in Haiti

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When USS Carter HaU (LSD-50) deployed 14 January to support Operation Unified Response - a joint military relief effort for victims of the earthquake in Haiti - the ship deployed with the Navy's disaster relief experts as one of its many assets.

Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2's Disaster Recovery Team (DRT) specializes in these types of relief operations and was ready to "clear the way" and bring humanitarian support to the area.

"We we're the front-runners," said Senior Chief Engineman (SCW/SW) Steven M. Krutke, ACB 2 DRT officer-in-charge. "We punched into the city opening it up so we could get more troops in there, give more help and more humanitarian assistance. That's what we do. We get the Marines ashore so they can get the neans, bullets, and bandaids' where they need to go."

The DRT brought a lot of essential capabilities to the situation in Haiti where the country was still in dire peril after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Much of the island nation was ravaged with debris; the lack of power, food, and water long remained an issue.

"The capabilities we have are extremely immense, and deploy our complete mission in Haiti," said Krutke. "I've got two bulldozers, dump trucks, front-end loaders, humvees, water-making capabilities, chain saws, welders - just about anything we needed to do to get the job done. And if we didn't have the tools, I guarantee these sailors improvised something. They do what it takes to accomplish the mission"

Perhaps the key to the team's versatility is its structure. …

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