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CFO Alex Sink Recognizes Heroic Efforts of the U.S. Southern Command in Response to Haiti Earthquake

9/28/2010

TALLAHASSEE –  At today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink sponsored a resolution recognizing the efforts of Lieutenant General Ken Keen and the United States Southern Command. Lieutenant General Keen serves as Military Deputy Commander of the U.S. Southern Command and was on a pre-planned visit to Haiti when the earthquake struck on January 12; he quickly established Joint Task Force-Haiti (JTF), also known as Operation Unified Response, a key component of the U.S. military’s emergency response and disaster relief efforts for Haiti.  
 
“It is an honor to recognize Lieutenant General Keen and the U.S. Southern Command for their quick response and relief work in Haiti,” said CFO Sink. “A tragedy of that magnitude must be dealt with swiftly and effectively, and I commend them for their efforts.”
The U.S. Military supported relief efforts in Haiti with a peak level of 22,268 military personnel. The U.S. military delivered nearly 150,000 pounds of medical supplies and treated more than 9,700 patients. Under Lieutenant General Keen’s leadership, Operation Unified Response distributed 2.6 million liters of water, 2.9 million humanitarian rations packages, and over 17 million pounds of food.
 
The mission of Joint Task Force-Haiti officially ended on June 1, 2010, however, U.S. Southern Command is still actively involved in medical and construction missions in the area.  
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