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.Damn you Navy pilots! Your "I'll help people in need" maverick stunts can only make things worse. None of this hotshot "saving lives" nonsense. From now on, your only job is to pose for photo ops. (Yes, I know the grounded chopper in that photo op was the Coast Guard's.) Same goes for you, firemen.
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."
Only in recent days, after the federal response to the disaster has come to be seen as inadequate, have large numbers of troops and dozens of helicopters, trucks and other equipment been poured into to the effort.
To be asked to choose between sexual harassment training and then handing out fliers with a phone number (in an area with no phone service), or to serve as a prop. Craven.