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Friday, September 09, 2005

So Others May Live? Not in New Orleans

Seems the rescuing 100 civilians isn't as important as delivering food and water to military installations along the Gulf Coast. This story is amazing. These men truly are lions led by donkeys.

PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 6 - Two Navy helicopter pilots and their crews returned from New Orleans on Aug. 30 expecting to be greeted as lifesavers after ferrying more than 100 hurricane victims to safety.

Instead, their superiors chided the pilots, Lt. David Shand and Lt. Matt Udkow, at a meeting the next morning for rescuing civilians when their assignment that day had been to deliver food and water to military installations along the Gulf Coast.

"I felt it was a great day because we resupplied the people we needed to and we rescued people, too," Lieutenant Udkow said. But the air operations commander at Pensacola Naval Air Station "reminded us that the logistical mission needed to be our area of focus."

The episode illustrates how the rescue effort in the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina had to compete with the military's other, more mundane logistical needs.


In protest, some members of the unit have stopped wearing a search and rescue patch on their sleeves that reads, "So Others May Live."

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