In a planned rotation of U.S. forces in Haiti to begin this January, units of
the 25th Infantry Division from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii will replace units
of the 10th Mountain Division (Light) from Ft. Drum, New York.
The 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning" task force of approximately 3,500 U.S.
soldiers will have the same mission as the joint forces presently in Haiti.
They will continue support of the democratically elected government and
maintain a secure and stable environment to permit the elements of democracy to
continue to develop.
This rotation represents a normal four to six month deployment schedule most
U.S. forces maintain, which allows for training and maintenance of equipment.
The redeploying units of the 10th Mountain Division, commanded by Maj. Gen.
David C. Meade, arrived in Haiti in late September and played a major role in
the return of Haitian president Jean-Bertrande Aristide.