WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVEC)--- Two weeks to the day after Hurricane Matthew slammed Haiti, and the U.S. military is still on the job, providing much-needed humanitarian aid.
They've delivered 250 metric tons of supplies. But the military mission will soon be ending. U.S. Southern Command's top officer said the United States will be pulling out within days.
"I expect we're coming up in the point where there will no longer be a requirement for us to have to move things by air, as is appropriate," said ADM Kurt Tidd. "Obviously at that point we'll begin to pack up and redeploy our forces and have them re-cocked and ready to go, were another emergency to arise."
Marines and sailors from the USS Iwo Jima have been working around the clock. There has been much for them to do.
The United Nations estimates that 1.4 million Haitians are still in need of urgent assistance. And, the country faces a decade of economic recovery, with 100 percent of its livestock and 50 percent of its crops destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.
The first ship to arrive in Haiti was the USS Mesa Verde. It got relieved by the Iwo Jima last week. No word from the Navy on when the Mesa Verde might come home. Right now the ship and crew are said to be preparing for an upcoming deployment.