Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer Robert M. Reed.
Let me tell you... it's certainly nice to be a part of an organization which is receiving praise... considering the rest of the federal government is getting anything but... And to think the Coast Guard could have likely done even more; we weren't at the top of our game on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
Here's a story from this morning on NPR.
And here's something from the Washington Times.
The Coast Guard faced many of the same challenges as other government agencies in responding swiftly to Hurricane Katrina -- and yet it was able to outperform all of them. It too was forced to move its aircraft and vessels out of the storm's path. Its staging station Gulfport, Mississippi, was completely destroyed by the storm. The Guard was also operating outside of its regular functions, which are to patrol waterways and assist commercial and recreational boaters in trouble -- not launch search and rescue missions in flooded urban areas, with all the attendant hazards and challenges, including fallen telephone and electrical lines. Yet, the Coast Guard has rescued more than 22,000 people in the areas affected by Katrina.We're flexible. We play well with others. We are dedicated to saving lives. As I've noted before, it's what we do.