Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles W. Cutlip, whose wife, Vicki, is the daughter of Virginia P. and John L. Coulter of Freeport, Ohio, recently participated in Operation Unified Response as part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission.
Operation Unified Response is a joint U.S. military effort designed to provide relief in response to the 7. 0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12.
USS Bataan (LHD 5) is homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Bataan arrived in the Port-au-Prince area Jan. 19 and began unloading supplies to shore, including beach clearing equipment, bulldozers and rubble removers. They began their Sailors Ashore Mission in Grand Goave, Haiti shortly after the commands arrival.
Bataan sailors in Grand Goave donated more than $5, 500 to charities assisting in Haiti, cleared 150 tons of rubble, built 65 shelters for 130 families, distributed 500, 000 meals, provided triage for 850 patients and medically evacuated 55 Haitians in need of urgent medical care.