4 thoughts on “Paratus 14:50, the Video

  1. Let’s make sure we put what the men and women of the USCG did during Katrina in spite of their leadership. Several assets broke down during these events. Assets that should have been replaced by the Deepwater program. Those in the field were promised they would have the tools they needed to get the job done right. There was a legally binding mission performance guaranty in place that should have used to make sure the defense contractors did what they were contracted and paid to do. The USCG leadership sabotaged the men and women under them by not doing their jobs and holding those contractors accountable. A scenario that gets worse year after year.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/old-coast-guard-cutters-r_n_1161268.html

    • At 4:12 Captain Bruce Jones say “Trained Coast Guard men, trained Coast Guard Women GIVEN THE PROPER EQUIPMENT and proper doctrine can go out and do just about anything.”

      It makes me angry to think that these men and women were put out there, in harms way, without what they needed WILLFULLY. All because the USCG leadership who couldn’t manage the courage and ethical fortitude to put their egos and cushy private sector future roles second to doing the right thing. And they still haven’t.

  2. My only comment on the documentary is that it is focused on the air side and gives little attention to those that used boats to make rescues. Apparently the majority 33,500 rescues were apparently done by surface assets.

  3. I watched several videos including this one. One impression I got was the lack of psychological preparation the people had. I realize that the event (a mild term for a disaster) was not foreseen but the question is why?

    I was stationed in New Orleans three times from 1967 to 1982. There was a flood plan based on the worse case of a lake front levee breaking and flooding the city. The Coast Guard was well aware that there would be wide spread devastation and loss of life. People were prepared both mentally and physically for the task. The local personnel would be backed up with the flood relief teams from the then D2 and elsewhere in the district. My job in the plan was to issue shotguns, other weapons, and ammunition from the old District Armory high and dry at the old Port of Embarkation (now Navy reserve center). The arms were to be used for unit security and against snakes, dogs, and criminals.

    I was surprised to here in the video that Coast Guardsmen were surprised that people would shoot at them. I took this to mean that the constant barrage of being the humanitarian, the life saver, service automatically everyone would welcome them with open arms. This was a naive premise. The plans we had included being under attack by the local criminals. The Florida Avenue housing projects up the road from the former Coast Guard base had already shown itself a potential hostile area in normal times. I saw people I knew in the video who should have known better and perhaps they did but they may have been caught up in the rescue, life-saving, scenario they forgot what they knew about the real New Orleans and its character.

    The USRCS and USCG has been in New Orleans since 1804. The service oversaw the medical disasters of 1857, 1905 and every natural disaster since. However, because the Coast Guard does not look to the past and treats every incident as a stand alone event, there is nothing learned.

    I was not surprised by the content of the video. I saw it coming ten years ago when the COs of air stations Mobile and New Orleans issued a statement the first day, a statement that should have been issued by the district commander.

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