Operation Dragon Comeback: Air Education and Training Command's Response to Hurricane Katrina

Operation Dragon Comeback: Air Education and Training Command's Response to Hurricane Katrina
Title:
Operation Dragon Comeback: Air Education and Training Command's Response to Hurricane Katrina
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008-070-00804-1
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9780160767791
Description

Air Force History and Museums Program. The Air Education and Training Command’s (AETC) response to Hurricane Katrina. It tells the story of the men and woman of Air Education and Training Command (AETC) who rushed to the aid of their wingmen at Kessler Air Force Base and to their countrymen in need.

The Air Education and Training Command’s response to Hurricane Katrina was a pivotal event in the organization’s history. Unlike previous storms that shut down training for a day or two, Katrina caused serious problems. In a fast-paced disaster response, often the information most significant to the historical record is not available in written documents, making interviews essential. This study rests solidly on a series of oral history interviews conducted at several AETC bases by the command’s historians with 65 members of the command and other participants in the relief effort. In addition, Dr Bruce Ashcroft and Dr Joseph Mason had extensive informal discussions with AETC members, and Dr Ashcroft attended meetings of the technical training reconstitution Tiger Team. Throughout the effort, AETC historians collected documents that underpinned the information gathered in interviews.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Crisis Response ........................................................................................1

Hurricane Katrina......................................................................................2

Standup of Crisis Action Teams ................................................................3

Keesler Evacuation and Sheltering ...........................................................5

The Storm...........................................................................................................9

Landfall.......................................................................................................9

Initial Damage Assessment........................................................................15

Mississippi Gulf Coast................................................................................16

Initial Recovery..................................................................................................19

Keesler Airfield ..........................................................................................20

Communications and Hammer ACE ........................................................22

Services.......................................................................................................23

AETC Assistance to Keesler ..............................................................................24

AETC CAT .................................................................................................24

325th Services Squadron............................................................................25

823rd RED HORSE Squadron ...................................................................27

Command and Control of AETC Airlift Assets........................................28

Other AETC Support .................................................................................29

Evacuation of NPS Students ..............................................................................31

Decision to Evacuate..................................................................................31

Airlift of NPS Students ..............................................................................32

Receiving Students at Sheppard AFB........................................................33

Evacuation to Maxwell AFB..............................................................................37

Evacuees .....................................................................................................37

International Officers ................................................................................38

Columbus AFB ...................................................................................................39

Personnel Accountability..................................................................................39

Medical Aid to Keesler AFB..............................................................................42

Keesler Medical Center .............................................................................42

82nd EMEDS ..............................................................................................43

HQ Second Air Force Relocation......................................................................47

Conclusion..........................................................................................................48

Chapter 2: Training....................................................................................................53

Hurricanes and Training at Keesler AFB..........................................................53

Hurricane Katrina..............................................................................................56

Reconstitution of Training ........................................................................59

Student Accountability..............................................................................78

Other Training Programs ..................................................................................80

JROTC.........................................................................................................80

AFROTC.....................................................................................................81

Medical Training........................................................................................81

NCO Academy ...........................................................................................82

336 TRS.......................................................................................................82

CCAF ..........................................................................................................83

Flying Training ..........................................................................................83

Conclusion..........................................................................................................85

Chapter 3: Humanitarian Relief Operations ............................................................99

Federal Disaster Response .................................................................................99

Keesler AFB and the 97th Air Expeditionary Group.......................................100

National Disaster Medical System.....................................................................114

Lackland AFB and Displaced Americans..........................................................118

Maxwell AFB......................................................................................................125

Little Rock AFB and International Aid ............................................................128

Columbus AFB ...................................................................................................138

Conclusion..........................................................................................................139

Chapter 4: Quality of Life..........................................................................................143

Shelter Life .........................................................................................................143

Trauma................................................................................................................146

Aid ......................................................................................................................151

Communications ................................................................................................157

Medical Care ......................................................................................................161

Personal Services................................................................................................163

Chapel Programs................................................................................................168

Special Events.....................................................................................................169

Evacuees: The Sheppard Experience.................................................................173

Conclusion..........................................................................................................177

Chapter 5: Rebuilding Keesler AFB..........................................................................185

The Perceived Threat of Base Closure..............................................................185

Interim Recovery...............................................................................................186

PRIME BEEF Disaster Response ...............................................................188

Contracting and Contract Oversight ........................................................190

Environmental Restoration.......................................................................198

Regulatory Compliance .............................................................................199

Natural Resources ......................................................................................201

Long-term Recovery: Military Construction ...................................................203

Conclusion..........................................................................................................211

Appendix A: Training Priorities ...............................................................................215

Appendix B: Hurricane Katrina Storm Surge on Keesler AFB................................219

Appendix C: Central Portion of Keesler AFB...........................................................221

Glossary ......................................................................................................................223

Audience

Military strategists and leaders, especially in the Air Force and Air Education and Training Command, civilian and military emergency responders, and members of government and policymakers will find this publication useful for putting into place safeguards and regulations to improve hurricane and disaster response for future catastrophic events. 

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$20.00
International Price:
$28.00
Publisher:
Defense Dept., Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Office of History and Research
Author:
  • Ashcroft, Bruce A.
Notes:
NB1316
Key Phrases:
  • Air Force History and Museums Program
  • Air Education and Training Command's Response to Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Air Force History
  • Military History
Weight:
1.9375
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Cover:
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Subject Bibliography:
059
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Item available Date:
09/28/2006
Last Status Update:
12/06/2018
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