Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Military Support in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

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U.S. Air Force personnel from the 343rd Training Squadron assist a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans off a C-17 Globemaster III at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on Sept. 2, 2005. Military units have mobilized as part of Joint Task Force Katrina to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster-relief efforts. Defense Dept. photo by Robbin Cresswell.
Family Escapes New Orleans Nightmare
SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 4, 2005 – Ralph Price Sr. had a smile on his face Sept. 3 when he and his family got off the C-9 Nightingale aircraft that brought him here from New Orleans. He and his family had finally escaped what he called "the hell-hole of New Orleans." Story
Guard Chief Describes Katrina Operations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2005 –- The chief of the National Guard Bureau declared the National Guard's role in Hurricane Katrina response operations "a great success story," Sept. 3, after returning from the Gulf Coast. Story
Guard Families Eligible for Free Legal Counsel
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 4, 2005 – Members of the National Guard who are mobilized for federal service, along with their family members, are eligible to receive free legal counsel on any active-duty military installation that has a legal assistance office. This entitlement may be particularly important for families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Story

Military Focuses on Top Priority
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2005 – The thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines supporting relief efforts along the Gulf Coast "are doing a great job" as they focus on what the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina today called their top priority: rescuing and evacuating victims and providing them food and water. Story
Distribution Sites Sprout from Devastation
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 5, 2005 –- Amidst the seemingly endless vistas of tragedy between Mobile, Ala., and Gulfport, Miss., relief distribution sites are increasing in numbers and providing vital sustenance and essential personal items to help ease the discomfort of Hurricane Katrina's victims. Story
Heavy Engineers Clear Way in Gulf Area
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 5, 2005 –- Heavy equipment engineers from the Alabama Army National Guard's 877th Engineer Battalion are clearing debris from Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and Gautier, Miss. Residents share conversations and occasional smiles with the soldiers, welcoming their presence. Story
Rumsfeld, Myers Observe Relief Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2005 –- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in the Gulf Coast area today to get briefed up on military support for hurricane relief efforts and to observe ongoing relief operations. Story

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