posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 01:15 PM
Somewhat inarticulate for a Captain. he must have just got out of the meeting with the Admiral and not had much time to prepare his remarks. He was
winging it. A couple of points based on posts above.
1, Families will have money to buy what they need, whether it is hotel rooms or rent. In situations like this they get a daily rate to pay for stuff
like that. The military is quite well-versed in this sort of thing. hey move service members and families every day of the year. When yiou vacate an
apartment, you get money for a hotel until you fly out and when you arrive, you get money for a hotel until you move into more permanent quarters. The
families will nor experience financial hardship except insofar as E-3s don't get paid all that much to begin with.
2. The Captain said Carrier Air Wing Five (CAW-5) is going to leave base for the north. This Air Wing is composed of eight squadrons, predominantely
F/A-18 Hornets (Think Blue Angels) plus electronic warfare, early warning, and a few helicopters. They normally travel with the carrier George
Washington. The Captain said they were going to assist in relief efforts.
OK, the choppers could help as could the Greyhounds, which are small cargo planes. But the four Hornet squadrons are the teeth of any carrier strike
group. They aren't equipped for "humanitarian" operations. So why would they move? First, they are not moving far, meaning they are keeping the
teeth around, but they are abandoning their own carrier. Why would they do that unless they expect radiation to come toward the base?
3. Doesn't sound that voluntary an evacuation to me. I think everyone on base, particularly dependents, just got volunteered.
4. Interesting that they have practiced Korea to Japan evacuations, meaning they expect Korea to heat up sooner or later and are ready for that.