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02/22/2010
DLIFLC supports humanitarian “Operation Unified Response” in Haiti

In support of the “Operation Unified Response,” DLIFLC provided over 64,000 language related products to US troops preparing to deploy or already in Haiti.

Those materials include Emergency Medical Terminology Cards, Language Survival Kits, and Command and Control cards – in Creole, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Other US government agencies have also resorted to DLIFLC language products for their humanitarian operations in Haiti, where over 3 million people are directly affected by the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake which destroyed Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas on January 12.

Teaching language and culture to U.S. military forces is a critical component of the success of the military’s operations overseas. President Barrack Obama has declared that investing in “foreign language training, cultural awareness, and human intelligence…” is necessary to rebuild the military for the 21st century.

For more information or media queries, please contact Mr. Brian Lamar at DLIFLC’s Strategic Communications office at (831) 392-6585

Photo credits:

Top: Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- U.S. Army Sergeant Chris Johnston, 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company medic, uses the Haitian/English Basic Language Survival Guide to speak with a Haitian child outside of a medical facility, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 20, 2010. The medical facility is manned by both U.S. military, United Nations and non-governmental agency members with a goal of providing care to small children, pregnant women and the elderly. (U.S. Southern Command photo/Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond)

Bottom: Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- Gunnery Sgt. Heriberto Purcell, Joint Task Force-Haiti engineers operations chief, uses the Haitian/English Basic Language Survival Guide while talking with Haitian children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 20, 2010. The U.S. Marine Corps sergeant visited the local community and interacted with the children after giving free haircuts to the U.S. military and Department of defense contractors working to clear the rubble of Hotel Montana, located in Port-au-Prince. The Jan. 12, 2010n earthquake, which measured a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale, nearly leveled the country's capital city. (U.S. Southern Command/Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond)

Intro: Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- Gunnery Sgt. Heriberto Purcell, Joint Task Force-Haiti engineers operations chief, uses the Haitian/English Basic Language Survival Guide while talking with a Haitian girl in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 20, 2010. The U.S.Marine Corps sergeant visited the local community and interacted with the children after giving free haircuts to the U.S. military and Department of defense contractors working to clear the rubble of Hotel Montana, located in Port-au-Prince. The Jan. 12, 2010n earthquake, which measured a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale,  nearly leveled the country's capital city. (U.S. Southern Command/Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond)

For more information on situation in Haiti visit Voice of America news site.

Here are different ways aid gets to the people of Haiti.

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