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George H.W. Bush Sailors Assisting in Haiti Relief Effort

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Story Number: NNS100121-13
Release Date: 1/21/2010 4:22:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan A. Bailey, George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Norfolk, Va., to join the relief efforts in Haiti Jan. 21.

The 22 Sailors joined seven Haitian Creole-speaking Bush Sailors who departed Jan. 19.

The Bush Sailors are among the more than 12,500 U.S. military personnel already supporting Operation Unified Response, helping to meet the most urgent needs of the Haitian people following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country Jan. 12.

Air-Traffic Controller 1st Class (AW) Adam Keller got the call Jan. 18 to deploy. Along with air traffic controllers from other aircraft carriers, Keller will provide critical assistance for the air field at Guantanamo Bay being used as a staging area for logistics and personnel support to Haiti.

"It's great to know I'll be proactively engaged in the positive effort and be able to use my skills to help out," said Keller, who will miss his daughter's baptism during the deployment to Haiti.

Keller is also leaving ship at a critical time as its sea trials and flight deck certification are just around the corner.

"I'm confident in the team who will stay behind will do a great job getting certified," Keller said.

Hull Technician 3rd Class Jimmy Murray, a certified rescue swimmer, also jumped at the opportunity to go to Haiti. "There has to be someone to help when people can't help themselves," Murray said.

Sailors will assist in the humanitarian effort including distributing food and water as well as providing logistical support.

Bush is scheduled for redelivery to the fleet upon completion of sea trials, scheduled in January.

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