The Africa Partnership Station 10 Security Cooperation Marine Air Ground Task Force is deploying to Haiti, according to officials at Camp Lejeune.
There are about 130 Marines and Sailors in the task force, which the military says is built around a Marine rifle company and reinforced by an AAV platoon. It is part of the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.
The task force was scheduled to deploy to the coast of West Africa, but they were re-routed following the devastating earthquake in Haiti that struck January 12.
“We bring additional security force, medical and transportation assets, and are here as a force multiplier to the already formidable capabilities of the 22nd MEU,” said Lt. Col. John Golden, commanding officer, SCMAGTF. “A great aspect of this mission to Haiti is that one of our APS missions was to train our host nation to conduct humanitarian, disaster, and recovery efforts, and, that will now be done for real.”