Operation Unified Response
"We respond to today's crises, with today's Marines, today." —General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit maintain a constant state of readiness for their next mission, not yet known.
12 January 2010. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks the small island nation of Haiti.
Reporter: "With the smell of death and the stink of smoke, downtown Port-au-Prince now feels like a warzone."
Tens of thousands are killed or injured and more than a million are left homeless.
Violence and looting consume the area as Haiti falls in chaos.
The President of the United States gives the order to send in the Marines from the 22nd MEU.
President Barack Obama: "We're deploying the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vincent and a Marine Expeditionary Unit."
13 January 2010. Operation Unified Response begins.
More than 2,200 Marines arrive on the shores of Leogane, Haiti.
On the volatile streets of Haiti, Marines restore order and stability.
Marines provide food and water to the desperate Haitian people.
Marines rebuild hospitals and deliver medical supplies, allowing aid to be administered.
During the two-month operation, Marines distribute 560,000 bottles of water, 1.6 million pounds of rations and 15,000 pounds of medical supplies.
VO: "Marines move toward the sounds of chaos with the courage and compassion to silence it."
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