10 September 2005

Unsung no more...

I observed on Tuesday that the Coast Guard seemed to be the unsung heroes of the Katrina rescue efforts.

Now they're running the show.

CG Admiral Takes Over Recovery Efforts

Coming aboard to the assignment is Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who only on Monday had been named Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's special deputy for hurricane recovery efforts. He was already leading the rescue and recovery efforts in New Orleans.
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On Sept. 11, 2001, Allen was commander of all Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains. In the days after the terrorist attacks, he was responsible for making sure local responders in the New York area had the vessels, aircraft and personnel they needed.

Four months later, Allen was asked about the Coast Guard's all-hands-on-deck response to the hijackings as part of an oral history project.

"When we decide we're going to do something, we'll do it," he said.

Read the rest.

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