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Initial Response

Cpl Biro: When I found out the earthquake had hit in Haiti, I had actually just returned from a seven-month deployment. Went right back to work and starting taking all our gear and embarking it to put it back on the ship.

SSgt Chavez: Within 48 hours, we were deploying to Haiti.

LCpl Pockeisyapor: I'm from the Dominican Republic so it hit pretty close to home. That felt like, you know, it was my calling—I had to go over there.

SSgt Chavez: Most people want to run away from it. We want to head in that direction because that's why we're called the 911 force of the United States, and we are ready to deploy at all times, and we want to help everybody.