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----- Original Message -----
From: Don Hale
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 8:41 PM
Subject: Fwd: Message from the Commandant
From: Pamela K. Ammerman Subject: Fwd: Message from
the Commandant Date: Friday, January 22, 2010, 6:57 PM
Received this and was asked
to pass it along...please do so, especially to the Council Presidents in
your Regions and Areas.
Ammerman Navy League of the United States National Vice
President Region, Area, and Council Presidents'
----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel B.
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 6:51 PM
Subject: Fwd: Message from the Commandant
Please pass along.
Daniel B. Branch, Jr. National President
Navy League of the United States
-----Original Message----- From: Carol A Meteney
To: Dan Branch
Sent: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 3:15 pm Subject: FW: Message from the
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: FW: Message from the Commandant
Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard:
Exactly one week ago
today, a little before 1700 EST, a violent earthquake devastated Port Au
Prince, Haiti. Without waiting for tasking, Coast Guard men and women
from all over the country made immediate preparations to assist the
beleaguered Haitian people. The next morning, Haitians witnessed
President Obama's pledge - "You will not be forsaken and you will not be
forgotten" - become reality when the cutter FORWARD arrived with the rising
sun as the first American asset on-scene. Amidst the devastation,
FORWARD delivered damage assessments, critical command and control
capabilities, and most importantly - hope.
I am incredibly proud
of the performance of all our personnel during this challenging period and
like you, my heart goes out to the Haitian people who have suffered so
greatly. Coast Guard units were the first on-scene in Port Au Prince
and have been working around the clock with our interagency partners to
provide humanitarian assistance, evacuate U.S. citizens, and help the most
On-scene, the cutters TAHOMA and MOHAWK quickly
established a makeshift trauma unit with the Haitian Coast Guard and triaged
hundreds of injured people (read the story here: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/index.php/2010/01/guardians-report-in-hs1-l arry-berman/).
TAHOMA's crew even delivered a baby boy from an injured Haitian woman on
their flight deck and a second baby at their shoreside clinic. C-130
aircraft performed damage assessment flights and the cutter VALIANT conducted
a port assessment of Cap Haitian to create another entryway for supplies that
were backing up at the airport. The cutter OAK continues to survey Port Au
Prince harbor and repair the primary pier to allow much needed supplies to
flow directly into the city. Aircrews from Mobile, AL; Elizabeth City,
NC; Sacramento, CA; Barbers Point, HI; Detroit, MI; and Jacksonville and
Miami, FL are also assisting with overflights and evacuations. Follow
these links to view our Guardians in action (http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/ and www.d7publicaffairs.com/go/site/586/).
forward operations have been thousands of Guardians working inside and
outside of the Coast Guard. The Seventh District Commander has been
leading the Homeland Security Task Force South East which is a key
coordination point for the federal government's collective response and
evacuation efforts. A joint FEMA-Coast Guard team has been deployed to Port
Au Prince to support United States response operations being directed by the
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). We are also supporting
U.S. Southern Command Joint Task Force Haiti with individual augmentees. Our
Area Commanders have worked seamlessly to flow forces rapidly including
moving the cutter HAMILTON through the Panama Canal from the West
Coast. The Chief of Staff, exercising his mission support
responsibilities, has skillfully integrated and deployed logistics elements
demonstrating the maturation of our new support model. Here in Washington,
our staffs have integrated with key partners including DOD, FEMA and
USAID. I have worked with FEMA Director, Craig Fugate, in support of
Secretary Napolitano and Deputy Secretary Lute at a number of White House
We continue to surge people and assets because we will
have to sustain our response efforts in Haiti. HAMILTON and LEGARE will
soon be on-scene pushing our total number of Guardians in theater to over
700. We are also recalling Coast Guard reservists to augment our
humanitarian efforts and ensure maritime safety and security for relief
supplies arriving in theater. Our immediate and sustained response
illustrates the value of the Coast Guard's flexible command structure,
ability to operate across the interagency and international spectrums, and
the initiative of our people to take action. This is why the Coast
Guard is so valuable to the American public and the global maritime
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. Secretary of State
Clinton commented "our Coast Guard has been unbelievable." At a press
conference last week, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADM Mike Mullen
stated "the Coast Guard was magnificent from day one. First, they
were medevacing people literally within the first 24 hours. And I want to
give them a great deal of credit for their response capability as well."
Those comments are directed at all of you who executing or supporting
Many have questioned how the Coast Guard can do so
much so quickly, and I simply reply: "This is what we do". Our
Guardians are committed to protecting, defending, and saving without having
to be told to do so. Along with all Americans, I am truly inspired by the
Coast Guard men and women operating in theater, backfilling for deployed
units, or providing the necessary support to make it all possible. As
always, our Guardians are here to protect and ready to rescue at a moment's
notice. That is who we are and why we serve.
I cannot describe
it any better than a young petty officer assigned to TAHOMA in this email to
"There is an eerie feeling in the air amongst our crew
tonight. Those who remained shielded on the cutter today see in the eyes of
those who went ashore what a major disaster can do to a nation. I have never
seen so many grown men and women with tears in their eyes. Those who did
go ashore experienced first-hand the severity of the situation.
been shielded today only talking over the radio to those who have seen it.
Never once was there a question of professionalism in their voice. I remember
in boot camp being told that the U.S. Coast Guard on the right side of our
chest takes priority over our name. Today the men and women who went ashore
wore coveralls without their names on them. All that was visible were the
Today was the first day I think I've truly been more
thankful to be an American. Not because of our infrastructure or the freedoms
given to us, but because as a country we will be there when a country of less
fortune is in need. Haiti rarely exports anything to our country. They have
no oil or major cash crop we use. But as a county we will stand together
and put aside our different opinions of healthcare, war, or economy and
help out those in need.
Right now we are taking it hour by hour,
aftershock by aftershock, every little bit helps. I'm going to try and get
some sleep, as I've already put in a solid 16 hours. Tomorrow will be
Thank you and Semper Paratus!
Thad Allen Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
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