The Louisiana National Guard's Task Force Kout Men held an official commencement ceremony for  New Horizons Haiti 2010 here June 15.


The Louisiana National Guard's Task Force Kout Men held an official commencement ceremony for  New Horizons Haiti 2010 here June 15.
Lt. Col. Gil Arthur, pastor of East Leesville Baptist Church and a a chaplain in the Louisiana National Guard, is part of the New Horizons Haiti 2010 mission to support reconstruction and provide for humanitarian needs following the devastating earthquake here in January. Arthur arrived June 11 with other Gaurdsmen from Louisiana and Nevada.
Kout Men means "helping hand" and denotes the spirit and hope that the mission brings to the people of Haiti.
The New Horizons exercise will "construct and repair classrooms, build latrines and make improvements to water wells in Lycee Louis Diaquoi, Ecole Nationale de Desronville, Ecole Nationale de Mandrin, and Ecole Nationale K. Georges," said Col. Michael Borrel, task force commander.
"Medical readiness training in Nan Poteau, Ennery, Pont de l'Estere, Saint-Marc and Gonaives will be conducted in partnership with Haitian doctors," said Borrel.
Haiti continues to rebuild some of its critical infrastructures after the earthquake.
In the upcoming months, rotational military units and personnel from National Guards units including: Louisiana, Arkansas, Oregon, Virgin Islands, Montana, Missouri, Texas, South Dakota and Indiana will participate in New Horizons Haiti.
Additionally, military members with the Army Reserves, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the Belize Defence Force will also support the exercise.
"Louisiana and Haiti have long been associated with each other through their history and culture," said Borrel. "We hope that this exercise will strengthen those ties."

Col. Michael Deville contributed to this report.