Obama mobilizes military reservists to reinforce Haiti aid

AFP
Monday, January 18th, 2010

US President Barack Obama Sunday mobilized military reserves to help quake-hit Haiti, particularly medical staff to work on hospital ships and Coast Guard staff to secure the ports.

In a presidential order, Obama wrote it was “necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of operational missions, including those involving humanitarian assistance, related to relief efforts in Haiti.”

He said he was authorizing Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to order to active duty any units of the reserve as needed.

The order would help both departments to support the massive US aid operation in Haiti, devastated by a 7.0-magnitude quake on Tuesday.

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