CG Reserve to activate for Haiti response

Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano authorized the activation of the United States Coast Guard Reserve in support of relief of operations in Haiti.

The action by Secretary Napolitano today authorizes Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen to order the activation of up to 900 reservists—comprised of units and individual members—of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve for a period of up to 180 days to support DHS operational missions and humanitarian assistance efforts in Haiti.

“Activating our reserve Coast Guard forces will expand our capacity to assist in aid efforts in Haiti,” said Secretary Napolitano. “These brave men and women will join the thousands of U.S. and international personnel already working together on humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to this tragedy.”

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