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August 30, 2005

Finally! Access!

Dunno if it was Katrina or not, but it seemed that everyone but the Center of the Universe could access the Castle today. Which made it frustrating...

Snerk! This picture brings to mind a TINS... While in ROTC I was the commander of the 'Tactics Team' the group of cadets who *really* liked to play Army enough that we had our own classes and training exercises outside of the regular curriculum (although official, and sanctioned). We went so far as to provide 'indigenous trainees' for the 12th SF Group A Team in St. Louis. A grand time was had by all.

One of my fellow cadets, who went on to a fine career, recently retiring herself, was, shall we say, not familiar with firearms. While getting ready for some patrolling training, with weapons thoughtfully provided by HHB, 1-128th FA, MoNG, she was unsure of how to load an M16 magazine. Her pride not allowing her to ask, and the squad leaders not yet at the point of checking their squadmates, she loaded her rounds alternating the bullets... figuring she had a 50/50 chance of getting it right.

Need I say, she went MI? Military Intelligence?

In my last job on active duty, I was a WMD response planner, and also involved in MSCA (Military Support to the Civil Authority) planning and response - and responding to things like Katrina was part and parcel of the job. Over at Eaglespeak, the crusty old Seafaring Lawyer (and former Surface Guy) takes a look at one of the assets of choice for coastal disasters, Navy carriers, big or small. They can produce lots of power, and fresh water, can feed a lot of people, act as a small hospital, as well as provide helos for rescue work. I'll point out that one of the jobs of a Defense Coordinating Officer is to make sure that everybody in the Disaster Field Office (run by FEMA) understands what the services can provide... and remind them that it is about *the* most expensive way to get help. But if you need it, need it fast, and it can't get there any other way, we can usually help.

I'll say that was true then - with the log demands of OIF and OEF, I suspect that getting assistance is harder to coordinate these days. There's a lot of demand on transport airframes, and a lot of the wheeled transport is overseas.

Nonetheless, DoD responders will break their backs to respond if they have to.

Jay, over at Stop The ACLU, is having a trackback party to celebrate the latest evolution of his site, and invites you to read about the American Legion's effort to counter what they consider an ACLU run amok.

And to close this off... snerk! H/t, AFSis!