St. Louis Public Radio News
9:27 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Scott Air Force Base playing key role in Haiti relief effort

St. Louis – Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East is playing a major role in the aid effort after Tuesday's magnitude seven earthquake in Haiti.
Scott is home to the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees logistics for the entire military. TRANSCOM directs the movement of everything from cargo planes to aircraft carriers, and also works with private contractors to get people and supplies where they need to go.

Army Major and TRANSCOM spokesman James Lowe said while rescue crews are already in Haiti, the military is still figuring out what needs to go where.

"What the assessment teams are finding now is going to determine what the full scope of the federal effort as a whole is," Lowe said.

Lowe said the Port-au-Prince airport is open and the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is dropping anchor near the coast of Haiti with a shipment of relief supplies.