Like many of you, I've been glued to the TV looking at video from the Gulf Coast. And like I bet many of you, wondering where the military is. It's coming:
One Navy amphibious assault ship, the Bataan, with six Sea Stallion and Sea Hawk helicopters that could be used for search and rescue missions, was en route from Texas. Four other vessels from Norfolk, Va., were expected to sail within 24 hours and take four days to reach the gulf, Northern Command Kucharek said.
The ships will carry food, fuel, medical and construction supplies, as well as hovercraft that can be used for evacuation and search-andrescue missions...
It still takes time to get ships to sea, and for those ships to travel from Norfolk, San Diego, or deployment abroad. Still, if I were the commander of Northern Command, I'd have every army helicopter with a winch on its way to the coast right now, with every fuel truck rolling behind them. I hope they are. The next few days would be a good time to put the Army's helicopters -- which were recently the third largest airforce in the world behind the US Air Force and Russia's (so the Army is probably #2 by now) -- into the hands of its Captains and Warrant Officers. They don't need a lot of coordination and planning from its Generals and Colonels to pluck people off of roofs or to deliver bottled water.
Get 'em all moving!
Thanks to the Mudville Gazette.