The Peacekeeper The Military Activities of MINUSTAH

Cover photo: Dr. (Lt. Col.) Norma Arnoletto, medical director at MINUSTAH’s Argentinian Field Hospital, sees a patient. Arnoletto is the first female medical director in the mission. This is her second peacekeeping mission, having previously served in the U.N. mission in Mozambique, Africa, in 1994.

January - March 2017

In This Issue

  • Message from the Force Commander
  • Support for National Elections
  • Celebrating International Women's Day
  • Brooklyn Market Inauguration
  • PARENGCOY project at Haitian National Police Academy
  • Around MINUSTAH
  • Farewells
  • Current Military Deployment

The Peacekeeper

Force Commander: Lt. Gen. Ajax Porto Pinheiro (BRA)

Chief of Staff: Col. Mark Gasparotto (CAN)

Peacekeeper Editorial Staff:

Lt. Col. Evandro Mascarenhas (BRA)

Maj. Tristan Hinderliter (USA)

Ssg. Faizal Kasan (PHL)

Mr. Herberle Estinord (HAITI)

Message from the Force Commander

Commentary by Lt. Gen. Ajax Porto Pinheiro

First of all, I want to thank you for your hard work over the past three months. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done so far in 2017. The successful national election on Jan. 29 was a major milestone that culminated years of diligent work to set security conditions in which the people of Haiti could exercise their right to vote in a secure and peaceful environment. Thanks to your efforts, there were only about 60 election-related security incidents across the country on election day, most of them quite minor.

Our troops supported the election process in a variety of ways: combat battalions conducted patrols across the country, combat troops and engineers in Quick Reaction Forces stood at the ready to respond to incidents at a moment’s notice, and military liaison officers in each department coordinated movements with the Haitian National Police and U.N. Police. Additionally, our soldiers distributed election material to remote areas and provided security escorts as ballots were transported to tabulation centers afterward. It was a huge effort, and I’m proud of how successfully and professionally it was executed.

Shortly after the elections, in early February we hosted the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, who led a strategic assessment mission to Haiti at the request of the U.N. Security Council. Following that visit, the Secretary General reported that Haiti has made significant progress in its democracy and stability. In light of that progress, the Secretary recommended to the Security Council that the MINUTAH mandate be extended for a final period of six months and that the mission close by Oct. 15, 2017, including a staggered but complete withdrawal of the 2,370 military personnel in the mission. Now we await a decision by the Security Council, which we expect to have before the current mandate expires on April 15.

In the meantime, in anticipation of a possible decision to withdraw the MINUSTAH military forces from Haiti, in coordination with the Joint Logistics Operations Center, our planners have been hard at work drawing up plans for repatriation. The Secretary General has called for a responsible transition that builds on the achievements of the past 13 years, and it is in that spirit that we approach this process.

One thing we do know is that the Chilean and Uruguayan governments have announced their intention to cease their operations in Haiti when the current mandate expires next month. CHIBAT, CHIAVN and URUPERBAT will cease operations on April 15 and the main body of their units will leave the country in the late April-early May timeframe. I want to thank these units for their tremendous efforts in support of the mission, and I look forward to attending ceremonies where we can reflect on their contributions. CHIBAT and URUPERBAT have done great work in securing the areas in the central and northern parts of the country, and CHIAVN has provided invaluable service in the areas of MEDIVAC, troop transport and logistical support.

As we enter this transition process, I ask for your patience and continued focus on the mission all the way to the end. Thank you for your continued service to your countries and to MINUSTAH.

Military Component Supports Haitian national Elections

By Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - For months, soldiers with the MINUSTAH military component, alongside UN Police, had conducted joint patrols with the Haitian National Police in an effort to create a secure environment in which the country could hold elections.

That teamwork paid off on Jan. 29, as Haiti held the final round of legislative and municipal elections, concluding an electoral cycle that started in 2015 that had been delayed several times due to Hurricane Matthew and political turmoil.

Reports collected by the MINUSTAH electoral cell indicated only about 60 election-related security incidents occurred across the country.

“Overall the number of incidents was assessed as quite low, considering that there were more than 1,500 voting centers across the country,” said Canadian Army Col. Mark Gasparotto, military component chief of staff. “The security situation for this round of elections has been characterized as overall largely calm. None of the localized incidents spread into anything larger.”

The security plan, signed off by the force commander, the UN police commissioner and the HNP director-general, called for a 1-2-3 approach to security, with the first response being HNP, the second UN Police or Formed Police Units, and the third option the military component.

On election day, 25 platoons and five Quick Reaction Force units were deployed across seven of Haiti’s ten departments to conduct patrols and assist police as needed to maintain order. Troops from the Chilean Battalion covered the Nord and Artibonite departments, troops from the Uruguayan and Peruvian Battalion covered the Nord Est and Centre departments, and troops with the Brazilian Battalion covered the Ouest, Sud Est and Sud departments.

Meanwhile, mobility teams from Brazilian and Paraguayan engineering units were on standby alongside QRF teams to clear roads with their heavy equipment, if needed. Due to the calm on election day, however, they were not called out.

Aviation units from Bangladesh and Chile were also key to the success of the elections, transporting election material by air to and from remote parts of the country. Ground-based units also played a critical role in facilitating the logistics of the electoral process, assisting police and escorting convoys of election material to departmental capitals, then to Port-au-Prince, after polls closed.

Brazilian Army Lt. Gen. Ajax Porto Pinheiro, the force commander, said that the HNP performed very well.

“The success of these elections, from a security perspective, is that the HNP are starting to be able to take the lead,” the general said.

The force commander also praised the performance and professionalism of the police component, which he said played a key role in facilitating a secure environment for the elections.

Finally, operations for the military component ran smoothly due in large part due to a command post set up at the Center for Operations and Intelligence, the HNP headquarters in Port-au-Prince, which was supported by ten military liaison officers from force headquarters deployed to each of Haiti’s ten departments.

The purpose of the MLOs was to facilitate the flow of information and to coordinate at the regional level between the military and the police, said Canadian Army Maj. David Roberge, who served as the lead MLO at the command post.

“We were in the same office with the HNP and officials from the UN electoral cell. We all had access to the same information, which facilitated quick decision making,” he added. “It worked really well.”

U.N. staff and soldiers with Bangladeshi Aviation Unit work to recover electoral materials after Haiti’s elections held on Jan. 29, 2017. (Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINSUTAH)
Soldiers with MINUSTAH’s URUPERBAT provide security at a voting center in Savanette, Center Department, Haiti, Jan. 29, 2017. The soldiers coordinated with Haitian National Police, U.N. Police and Formed Police Units to ensure citizens had a secure environment in which to vote. (Photo courtesy of URUPERBAT)

MINUSTAH celebrates International Women's Day

MINUSTAH held several events for International Women's Day on March 8, including a women's artisan market fair, a party at the Brazilian Battalion, a parade, a workshop/trip to Cap Haitian and Fort Liberte, and other events.

In the following sections, we highlight several female peacekeepers from the military component: a lieutenant colonel from the Argentinian Air Force who became the first medical director of a hospital both in her country and in MINUSTAH, a Canadian logistics officer, an American civil-military coordination officer, a Filipino clerk, and four women from the mission's Chilean Aviation unit. Each has a unique story to tell.

Meet a Peacekeeper: Dr. (Lt. Col). Norma Arnoletto, Argentinian Air Force

By Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – As a young doctor in 1994 who had just joined the Argentinian Air Force as an officer, Norma Arnoletto went to Mozambique, Africa, on a peacekeeping mission where she treated locals in a country that had been ravaged by a long-running civil war.

While working on the staff for United Nations Operations in Mozambique, known as UNOMOZ, she had the opportunity to get to know and to help many of the orphaned children who lived around the Argentinian Field Hospital there.

Twenty-two years later she would begin her second U.N. peacekeeping mission, this time as a lieutenant colonel and the medical director of the Argentinian Field Hospital, part of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH. She became the first female to hold that position in the mission, having already earned the distinction of serving as the first female medical director in her country’s air force.

“It is an honor and a big responsibility,” Arnoletto said. As the medical director, she coordinates all the work for a hospital with 67 personnel, in addition to seeing patients herself. Her medical specialties are gynecology and diagnostic imaging, which includes ultrasound and radiology at the field hospital here.

“The patients are from many countries, speak many different languages and have different cultures,” she said. “I like that every day here is different. It may start off quiet, then get very busy.”

She recalled one day in late November 2016 when there was a fire at the Brazilian Battalion facilities at Jaborandy Camp – nearby the hospital – and 27 soldiers were brought in at once. Fortunately there were only minor injuries, and the soldiers were treated and released.

Arnoletto and her staff must also be responsive to medical emergencies that may happen at any time of day or night, including patients from contingents who may come in on medical evacuation flights from other parts of Haiti.

“We are alert all day, all the days,” she said.

Another memorable experience for Arnoletto was when the hospital organized a Christmas event for disabled children at a local orphanage. “The experience in the orphanage was great,” she said. “In this mission, more important than the professional experience is the personal experience. The visit to the orphanage was an important experience for me and for all the team.”

Reflecting on issues of gender equality in the mission, the doctor said she sees men and women treated equally. “There is a good relationship between men and women,” she said. “We don’t have any difference between them when it comes to work.”

For example, after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, the hospital sent a 20-person team – ten men and ten women – to Jeremie, a city on the southern peninsula, to provide humanitarian relief. They slept in the same tent, shared the same bathroom, and saw the same patients. They cooked, cleaned and provided security together.

The experience on this deployment has been very positive, Arnoletto said. “Every day is unique here, because you can walk on the streets, you can see, you can share with the people,” she said. “I think I learn something every day about Haiti and the culture.”

Dr. Arnoletto and her staff take a photo outside the Argentinian Field Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Meet a Peacekeeper: Maj Stephanie Moisan-Vallée, Canadian Army

By Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – As a blond Canadian woman, Maj. Stephanie Moisan-Vallée, a logistics officer deployed here from Montreal, stands out in a crowd in this Caribbean city by the sea.

“I’d heard about this job because some of my friends had come to work for MINUSTAH, and in my major’s course we were talking about peacekeeping operations, and Haiti was part of the discussion,” she said. “I was interested in doing a peacekeeping mission instead of a NATO mission, so I knew it would be a different experience and I wanted to try this.”

Since arriving in October 2016, Moisan-Vallée has served as the deputy chief of the planning unit at the Joint Logistics Operations Center. Over the past five months, her unit has facilitated national elections – which were held in November 2016 and January 2017 – and is now shifting focus to plan for the expected drawdown of the military component in 2017.

“This is exciting because I like logistics, I like to make logistics plans, and this is a major operation,” she said. “I’m disappointed I won’t get to be here for the execution of the plan, but this has been a great opportunity and experience for me.”

MINUSTAH employs civilians, military forces and police from dozens of countries, who come from diverse backgrounds and speak various languages. Moisan-Vallée grew up in Quebec, a French-speaking part of Canada. She learned English when she attended the Royal Military College, in Kingston, Ontario.

She said that when she first arrived at Royal Military College, all she could say was “My name is Stephanie,” “how do you do?” “yes,” “no,” and “toaster” – the latter being the same in English and French.

“Even if my courses were in French, I had to keep up and learn my English there,” she said. “Most of the work was done in English, and as a Canadian officer it’s important to be fluent in both languages.”

Being bilingual has helped her in MINUSTAH, where the majority of locals speak French, she said.

Reflecting on being one of just four female staff officers out of 63 at Force headquarters, Moisan-Vallée said she doesn’t feel like she’s treated any differently.

“I feel like I’m part of a team, so for me it doesn’t make any difference,” she said. “Of course people try to take more care of me, but that’s not the way I want it. I want to be treated like everybody else, and I think I have that. I’m proud to be a woman deployed here.”

Canadian Army Maj Stephanie Moisan-Vallée, a logistics officer in MINUSTAH, stands with three fellow Canadian officers at Delta Camp, Port-au-Prince, Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo by Sgt. Faizal Kasan, MPIO)

Meet a Peacekeeper: MAJ Windy Waldrep, U.S. Army

By Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – One U.S. Soldier here has overcome adversity and found meaning in service as an international peacekeeper.

U.S. Army Maj. Windy Waldrep, originally from North Carolina and deployed from Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany, is by trade a “chemical officer” – an expert on chemical, nuclear and biological weapons. She serves MINUSTAH as a civil-military coordination officer, which entails coordinating activities between the U.N. mission, the Haitian government, and non-governmental organizations.

“It’s such an eye-opener to see a big operation and to have the opportunity to work with other countries besides just the U.S.,” she said. “It’s also exciting to be able to see the abilities of militaries from different countries and to experience different cultures.”

One of her favorite projects so far has been working with an NGO called Nos-efan to organize a summer camp for children from 7-16 years old in the city of Carrefour, near Port-au-Prince.

“We were able to take kids on field trips and do educational activities,” Waldrep said. “This also helped boost the self-confidence and self-esteem of the kids in the community, as well as show the MINUSTAH military component in a positive light.”

Another highlight of her deployment was organizing Christmas events at orphanages and schools in the Port-au-Prince area. At one Christmastime operation coordinated with with the Argentinian Hospital and the Paraguayan Engineering Company, military peacekeepers provided toys and activities, music, games, and enjoyed celebrating Christmas with disabled children at a local orphanage, Notre Maison.

Waldrep has also spent a significant amount of her tour in Les Cayes, on Haiti’s southern coast, coordinating between the Brazilian military component there, Haitian authorities and NGOs to distribute humanitarian aid and secure convoys of food and supplies to residents in the area affected by Hurricane Matthew, which struck the southern peninsula on Oct. 4, 2016.

Her yearlong tour in Haiti will be complete next month, but Waldrep’s time in Haiti was almost cut dramatically short.

“I was home in August visiting my family, and I felt a sharp pain in my back, so I went to the Emergency Room,” she said. “The doctor told me that I had an acute medical condition that would require 90 days of recovery before I could return to work.”

She went home for her allotted recuperation, and afterward had to re-apply to be accepted back into the mission.

“I was very disappointed that I couldn’t come back right away, but I still didn’t forget about my job in Haiti,” Waldrep said. “I’m just happy that the military component wanted me back. I’m definitely happy to be back doing a mission that I love, a humanitarian mission, getting involved and making a difference.”

U.S. Army MAJ Windy Waldrep, MINUSTAH civil-military coordination officer, speaks at an event for International Peacekeeping Day, May 28, 2016. During the event, soldiers with the Philippine contingent taught students carpentry skills.

Meet a Peacekeeper: SSG Kathlyn Solares, Philippine Army

By Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MINUSTAH Military Public Information Office

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Staff Sergeant Kathlyn Solares of the Philippine Army serves as a clerk here for the Force legal advisor and Force provost marshal of MINUSTAH.

In that capacity, she’s responsible for helping her bosses with translations and administrative tasks. Solares said she likes working with such a diverse group of people in the mission.

“It’s a good ambiance working with an American, a Brazilian, a Guatemalan and a Peruvian,” she said. “It’s very exciting.”

The diverse environment in MINUSTAH brings together people with many different language skills and cultural backgrounds.

Solares, a native tagalog speaker, is enrolled in a ten-week language course offered by the U.N. Rather than studying French or Creole, she chose Spanish because it's more similar to tagalog, she said. It will also help her communicate with her Spanish-speaking bosses.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to study Spanish here,” she said. “The class is great so far, and a lot of my friends are taking it with me.”

Solares, who has been in the military for 12 years, said her initial training when she came into the Army was very difficult.

“I usually see myself as not such a strong person,” she said. “But here I am. I made it.”

Seven months into her deployment, Solares said she’s enjoying the experience. “I’ve met a lot of people, I’ve made a lot of friends, and been to different parts of Haiti,” she said. One of her favorite destinations so far has been the Citadelle, a mountaintop fortress in the northern part of the country built by a former Haitian leader in 1820.

“The Citadelle was breathtaking, in the sense that we saw beautiful places and beautiful views, but also breathtaking because I had a hard time climbing up the mountain,” she said.

Like many soldiers deployed in MINUSTAH, Solares is sacrificing time with her family at home to serve in the mission – her daughter, Giordana, is eight.

“She’s very pretty and very smart,” Solares said. “I miss her so much.”

Staff Sergeant Kathlyn Solares of the Philippine Army serves as a clerk for the force legal advisor and force provost marshal of MINUSTAH. She has been in the military for 12 years. (Photo by Sgt. Faizal Kasan, MPIO)

Meet a Peacekeeper: Women of Chilean Aviation

By Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO

Editor’s Note: These interviews were conducted in Spanish. Quotes below have been translated into English.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The job of the Chilean Aviation Unit, based at the United Nations’ Logistics Base here, is to provide airlift, troop transport and medical evacuation capability to MINUSTAH.

They do that with two UH-1 “Huey” helicopters, small and versatile aircraft perfect for navigating the rugged terrain of Haiti. Many of the pilots and medical professionals in the unit are women. Meet four of them, all members of the Chilean Air Force.

Corporal Jennifer Cerda, Combat Nurse

Jennifer, originally from Chillán, Chile, is deployed from the Fifth Air Brigade at Antofagasta. She said that when she arrived in Haiti, she was struck by the profound difference between the poverty here and how rich the country is in beauty and natural resources.

“My country is beautiful, but Haiti is wonderful too,” she said. “It’s incredible the amount of natural resources here that can be utilized by the people. It’s an amazing experience to fly over this beautiful island and to discover its marvels.”

The experience of serving in Haiti has allowed her to enhance her medical understanding and improve her capabilities as a nurse, Jennifer said.

One of the most memorable experiences she’s had in the mission was visiting an orphanage, she said.

“An experience like this gives us the necessary strength to continue our tasks far away from our families,” she said. “It fills us up as people and as military women.”

Captain Cecilia Donoso, Medical Doctor

Cecilia, originally from Santiago, Chile, is deployed from the First Air Brigade at Iquique. She’s been in the Air Force for only one year, but she has a deep family bond with the service.

“I came from a long tradition of Air Force members, as my grandfather, father and uncles all belonged to this institution,” she said. “I always wanted to be a part of it.”

She takes pride in knowing that as a medical officer she has the responsibility of making sure pilots are healthy to fly, including during national emergencies or when conducting medical evacuation flights.

Cecilia said she’s been excited to have the opportunity to experience a different culture in Haiti.

“I’ve had the opportunity to know the Port-au-Prince area, this people and culture,” she said. “I think that it’s important to know the environment where I work and to compare the different living conditions here and in my country.”

Captain Bernadita Astudillo, Helicopter Pilot

Bernadita, originally from Santiago, Chile, is deployed from the Second Air Brigade at Santiago. She enrolled in the Air Force Academy in the year 2000, where she spent four years studying and left as a helicopter pilot. Since then, she’s been working as a pilot, mostly on medical evacuation missions.

Now she’s an experienced aircraft commander, capable of flying day or night missions. This is her fourth deployment to Haiti.

“I’ve had the opportunity to fly all over the island, visiting beautiful places as Jeremie and Les Cayes,” she said. “I try to talk with the people in these places to get a better understanding of how they live, and to get a better understanding of the country.”

Like Jennifer, Bernadita said that one of the most gratifying aspects of serving here – besides regular tasks such as MEDEVACs and transportation missions – was the opportunity to visit local orphanages.

“We sponsor the Good Samaritan Orphanage, and we’ve regularly visited them,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to spend time with the children, playing, cooking and fixing the infrastructure. These moments give us the feeling that we are contributing. We try to show them that they can have a better future and that it’s possible to believe in a better world.”

Corporal Natalia Céspedes, Combat Nurse

Natalia, originally from Talca, Chile, is deployed from the Third Air Brigade, based at Puerto Montt. She’s been in the Air Force for six years.

“This is a very different country from our own, with a different culture and a unique language that represents a challenge for us,” she said. “But it’s a very enriching and gratifying experience to help our comrades from other Chilean units and other countries as well.”

She recalled a running activity their unit did recently, which supported a local Haitian medical institution. “We participated and were able to support them,” she said. “It was a wonderful experience.”

Natalia and her colleagues also recently had the opportunity to travel to Cap Haitien, in the northern part of the country.

“We were able to visit the other Chilean bases up there,” she said. “We had a great time with the other Chilean personnel and were able to visit some of the popular sites and get a better understanding of the Haitian culture.”

Captain Bernadita Astudillo, a helicopter pilot with MINUSTAH’s Chilean Aviation unit, sits in the cockpit of her UH-1 Huey at Logistics Base, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This is her fourth deployment to MINUSTAH. “I’ve had the opportunity to fly all over the island, visiting beautiful places as Jeremie and Les Cayes,” Astudillo said. “I try to talk with the people in these places to get a better understanding of how they live, and to get a better understanding of the country.” (Photo by Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO)
Captain Cecilia Donoso (center), a doctor, Corporal Jennifer Cerda (far right), a combat nurse, and Corporal Natalia Céspedes (near right), also a combat nurse, demonstrate loading a stretcher into a UH-1 Huey helicopter at Logistics Base, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Medical evacuation missions are a common part of their job with the Chilean Aviation unit in MINUSTAH. (Photo by Heberle Estinord, MPIO)
Captain Bernadita Astudillo, a helicopter pilot with MINUSTAH’s Chilean Aviation unit, talks to a doctor and two combat nurses beside a UH-1 Huey helicopter at Logistics Base, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The four women are all in the Chilean Air Force and deployed to MINUSTAH. (Photo by Heberle Estinord, MPIO)

Brooklyn market inauguration

Revitalization of the Brooklyn Market in Cité Soleil was originally conceived as a Quick Impact Project proposed by MINUSTAH's Brazilian Battalion. It was approved and soon initiated in order to improve the living conditions of the merchants and residents of the community.

Renovations included roof restoration, masonry work, rehabilitation of the sanitation block, and painting. The project involved manpower of 40 people and took about six months from start to completion.

On Feb. 28, 2017, the market was inaugurated in a ceremony with the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sandra Honoré, the Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Ajax Porto Pinheiro, and community leaders.

According to officials at the ceremony, the Brooklyn Market revitalization project will prove to be of great use for the town hall of Cité Soleil and for the merchants themselves. City officials expressed their gratitude to the mission for funding this project.

The inauguration ceremony for the Brooklyn Market in Cité Soleil was held Feb. 28, 2017. The MINUSTAH-funded project was intended to improve conditions in the market for vendors and citizens in the community. (Photos courtesy of BRABAT)

PARENGCOY project at Haitian National Police Academy

The Haitian National Police recently requested MINUSTAH engineering support to improve the infrastructure of their training academy in Port-au-Prince. The mission agreed, and Paraguayan Engineering Company undertook a project to renovate the academy's shooting range. Work on the project began Feb. 15, 2017.

PARENGCOY engineers leveled the range, constructed a berm, and made other improvements to the range. The Force Commander and his staff visited the site to assess progress on March 8, 2017. GEN Ajax was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Police Commissioner for HNP Development and the director of the HNP academy. The PARENGCOY commander walked around the site with them and explained how the project was coming along.

The Force Commander, Deputy Police Commissioner for HNP Development and the director of the HNP academy visit the HNP academy on March 8, 2017 to assess progress on a PARENGCOY project to improve the shooting range. (Photos by Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO)

Around MINUSTAH

Members of MINUSTAH's military component honor victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti during a remembrance ceremony at Log Base, Jan. 12, 2017.
A soldier with MINUSTAH's Brazilian Battalion talks to local residents during a joint patrol with U.N. Police, the Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit and Haitian National Police in Petit Goave, Haiti, Jan. 18, 2017. (Photo by Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO)
Brazilian Lt. Col. Antoine Cruz tends goal during an MSO soccer game, Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo by Sgt. Faizal Kasan, MPIO)
MSOs play volleyball during a teambuilding day on Feb. 11, 2017. (Photo by Sgt. Faizal Kasan, MPIO)
New military staff officers learn about the mission during an Induction Training Course at Delta Camp, Feb. 16-17, 2017. (Photo by Sgt. Faizal Kasan, MPIO)
MSOs attended a Force Commander's Conference at the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort, Jan. 12, 2017.
MSOs hike in the mountains above Port-au-Prince, near the L'Observatoire de Boutilliers, Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Sgt. Faizal Kasan, MPIO)
Soldiers with the Brazilian Battalion's detachment in Cite Soleil conduct a joint patrol with U.N. Police and Haitian National Police, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo courtesy of BRABAT)
The Argentinian Field Hospital recognizes the achievements of its troops during a medal parade ceremony, Feb. 24, 2017.
The MINUSTAH military component observes a moment of silence on March 15, 2017, for the people of Syria, who have experienced six years of a brutal civil war with no end in sight. UN staff around the globe gathered at the same time to observe a moment of silence in solidarity with the Syrian people. (Photo by Maj. Tristan Hinderliter, MPIO)
A Chilean medic bandages a child's hand during a joint patrol with UN Police and Haitian National Police in Bassin Bleu, Haiti, Feb. 15, 2017.
Former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, visited BRABAT headquarters and the detachment in Cité Soleil, Feb. 9, 2017. Ladsous led a strategic assessment mission to Haiti as requested by the U.N. Security Council. During his visit, Ladsous also represented the Secretary-General at the inauguration of Haiti's new president. (Photo by Igor Rugwiza, UN/MINUSTAH)
The U.N. military component assisted Haitian authorities in fighting a fire at the Croix des Bossales market in La Saline in the early morning hours of March 20, 2017. Fourty-nine soldiers, five water trucks and one light vehicle from Brazilian units were used to fight the fire, which was controlled at around 3:20 a.m. “I’m proud of the quick response by our troops in responding to this fire,” said Canadian Army Col. Mark Gasparotto, chief of staff. “Situations like this are one way we’re able to assist the people of Haiti. The professionalism of our first responders helped prevent loss of life and additional property damage.”

FarEwells

Lt. Col Qasim Alqudah of Jordan, Jan. 5, 2017
Lt. Col. Jaques Simplicio of Brazil, Jan. 5, 2017
Lt. Col. Silas Trasmontero of the Philippines, Jan. 18, 2017
Maj. Sami Alshawabkeh of Jordan, Jan. 18, 2017
Lt Col Alberto Camps of Argentina, Jan 24, 2017
Maj. Gunarathne Nilantha of Sri Lanka, Feb. 6, 2017
Lt. Commander Rodiard Babera of the Philippines, Feb. 6, 2017
Lt. Commander Francisco Arias of Chile, Feb. 13, 2017
Maj Derek Mattinen of Canada, Feb. 17, 2017
Lt Col Nalaka Malsinghe of Sri Lanka, Feb. 17, 2017
CDR Mario Baldi of Uruguay, Feb. 17, 2017
Maj Udena Weerasekera of Sri Lanka, Feb. 17, 2017
Squadron Leader Golam Farooque of Bangladesh and Maj Col Mackay of Canada, Feb. 27, 2017
Lt Col German Frechero of Argentina, March 1, 2017
Maj Abdallah Omar of Jordan, Mar. 17, 2017

Current Military Deployment

Military deployment as of March 2017

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