New Horizons in Haiti
The U.S. Southern Command-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance exercise New Horizons was conducted in Haiti during a four-month stint which ended in September 2010. The mission provided medical assistance and engineering know-how while the country continues to rebuild from a powerful earthquake that struck January 12, 2010. About 150 to 200 U.S. troops from the National Guard and Reserve rotated through the Caribbean nation to help build or improve three schools, a sports recreation area and water wells. Medical troops also conducted 10 medical readiness and training exercises at five sites and provided free general and specialized medical and dental services to thousands of citizens. An annual program that began in the mid-1980s, New Horizons has provided an opportunity for the United States to work side-by-side with partnering nations.