Army Col. Paul A. English is supporting the mission of Operation Unified Response, an international disaster relief effort underway in Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation on January 12. The focus of the mission is to alleviate the suffering of survivors and support humanitarian relief efforts. U.S. military servicemembers' operations are in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the government agency responsible for overseeing the relief efforts.
U.S. military members transport, deliver and distribute food, water, and medical aid. They are involved with port operations and rehabilitation, air operations, airfield management, security, engineering, logistics and structure assessments. They also provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts to orphans and children whose parents and families were lost in the earthquake's devastation.
English, a director of communications is normally assigned to the U.S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. The colonel has served in the military for 24 years.
He is the son of Jack and Jean English of West Tacoma Road, Barnesville, Ohio.
The colonel graduated in 1982 from Barnesville High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1986 from Ohio University, Athens. In 1998, English earned a master's degree from Capitol College, Laurel, Md.