Friday, September 02, 2005

Vice Admiral Crea's comments about the Coast Guard's response to Katrina

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FM COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA
TO CCGDEIGHT NEW ORLEANS LA
INFO ALLCOGARD LANT
COMPACAREA COGARD ALAMEDA CA//PCC//
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CC//
COMCOGARD MLC LANT NORFOLK VA
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UNCLAS
SUBJ: CG RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA
1. THANK YOU FOR THE INCREDIBLE JOB EACH OF YOU ARE DOING IN
RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA'S DEVASTATION IN LOUISIANA AND
MISSISSIPPI. THE VIRTUALLY NON-STOP TELEVISED IMAGERY OF
INNUMERABLE ACTS OF HEROISM BY COAST GUARD MEMBERS SINCE OUR
RESPONSE EFFORTS STARTED IS COMFORTING TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. YET
THESE IMAGES ARE POSSIBLE ONLY WITH THE COUNTLESS BUT LARGELY
UNSEEN CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR ENTIRE SUPPORT TEAM, WHICH ARE SO
CRUCIAL TO OUR SUCCESS AND NO LESS AMAZING.
2. WE ARE NOW IMMERSED IN WHAT TRAGICALLY IS ONE OF THE MOST
OVERWHELMING AMERICAN NATURAL DISASTERS OF OUR TIME. THERE ARE
STILL MANY LIVES TO SAVE, CRITICAL WATERWAYS TO RESTORE, AND
ELEMENTS OF COAST GUARD INFRASTRUCTURE TO RECONSTITUTE. PIVOTAL TO
OUR SUCCESS-AND WE MUST SUCCEED- IS OUR ABILITY TO WORK EFFECTIVELY
WITH ALL DIMENSIONS OF THE RESPONSE TEAM, INCLUDING ALL OTHER DHS,
FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS. WE ARE ALL IN THIS
TOGETHER.
3. ABOVE ALL, WE MUST MAINTAIN OUR UNWAVERING COMPASSION FOR OUR
FELLOW AMERICANS, SOMETHING FOR WHICH THE COAST GUARD IS SO WIDELY
KNOWN AND RESPECTED. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SUFFERED PERSONAL
LOSSES IN THIS TRAGEDY, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.
4. IN THE COMING DAYS, WEEKS, AND MONTHS OF THIS CHALLENGING
RESPONSE, PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTIONS,
SERVICE TO OUR CITIZENS, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY ARE BOTH RECOGNIZED
AND TRULY APPRECIATED.
5. BRAVO ZULU.
6. VADM V. S. CREA, COMMANDER ATLANTIC AREA, SENDS
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