Photo of a Coast Guard Jayhawk over New Orleans today. Lifted from Yahoo. Photo AFP/POOL by David Phillip.
I swung by the incident management watch here in Portsmouth. Standing watch were three or four guys I knew and half a dozen I didn't know. I'd say it was controlled mayhem, but that would be a lie. It appeared to be mayhem. I'll be standing the "resources" watch; appears fairly brainless. Read incoming message and email traffic. If it's addressed to Atlantic Area and it's a request for resources, copy the request into a "task" in the shared Microsoft Outlook task-box and yell over to the logistics guy he has a request to fill. Oh, and answer the phone.
For this I have two masters' degrees? Tough. Tough watch.
I'd much rather be doing critical incident stress management interventions or participating on the DART or pulling bodies from the water or shoveling muck at the ISC.
The Coast Guard has saved more than 23,400 people!