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Contingency Readiness Exercise (CRE)

U.S. Southern Command conducted a Contingency Readiness Exercise (CRE) beginning Friday, August 29, when a 60-member reinforced rifle platoon from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic (MARFORLANT) departed for four to seven days of training in Port-Au-Prince with the U.S. Support Group Haiti. The reinforced rifle platoon of Marines from the Second Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), of MARFORLANT was in Haiti as part of a routine series of exercises which provide training for U.S. forces, as well as augment security for U.S. forces in Haiti.

The Marines trained to carry out contingency plans, which include the protection of U.S. facilities and personnel in Haiti. These Marines are not part of the U.N. mission. Their mission is strictly related to force protection training exercises in support of U.S. troops in Haiti. The reinforced rifle platoon conducted link up and interoperability tasks with specialized units of the Haitian National Police (HNP). U.S. forces and the HNP exercised their ability to work together in securing facilities and patrolling.

While training in Haiti, these forces fell under the operational control of U.S. Support Group Haiti, a headquarters unit of approximately 100 personnel. There were also approximately 300 other U.S. personnel in Haiti participating in exercise New Horizons Haiti-97, formerly Fairwinds-97. While the number of personnel deployed for training varied on any given day based on projects ongoing, all personnel were under the operational control of the support group during their stay in Haiti.

On June 1, 1997 command and control of the support group transferred from the U.S. Atlantic Command to the U.S. Southern Command.

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