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Russel L. Honoré
Russel L. Honoré
(/ˈɒnəreɪ/ ON-ər-ay; born 1947) is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army
U.S. First Army
at Fort Gillem, Georgia. He is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina
Joint Task Force Katrina
responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast
Gulf Coast
and as the 2nd Infantry Division's commander while stationed in South Korea. He served until his retirement from the Army on January 11, 2008.[1] Honoré is sometimes known as "The Ragin' Cajun",[2] although he is actually of Louisiana
Louisiana
Creole with a West Indies background, whose family came through the port of New Orleans and settled in the Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.[3] The Honoré family surname is still found among the Cane River Créoles.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
and Hurricane Rita

2.1.1 Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria
comments

2.2 Politics

3 Personal life 4 Awards and decorations 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] A native of Lakeland in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, and youngest of 12 children, Honoré earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture from Southern University
Southern University
and A&M College in 1971. He also holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University
Southern University
and A&M College. He has received leadership development training from the international civilian Center for Creative Leadership.[4] Career[edit] Prior to his appointment on July 15, 2004 as Commander, First United States Army, Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions in South Korea
South Korea
and Germany. He served as Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea; Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.; Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant, United States
United States
Army Infantry Center and School, Fort Benning, Georgia; and Assistant Division Commander, Maneuver/Support, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. On June 13, 2002, in South Korea, soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division were on a training mission near the North Korean border when their vehicle hit two 14-year-old girls on a narrow public road. In July 2002, the U.S. military indicted Sgt. Mark Walker and Sgt. Fernando Nino on charges of negligent homicide. They were later found not guilty. Honoré (then a major general) responded by visiting the victims' parents and promising the U.S. military would build a memorial near the accident site to honor the girls. Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
and Hurricane Rita[edit] On August 31, 2005, Honoré was designated commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast. Honoré's arrival in New Orleans
New Orleans
came after what was widely believed to be a poor performance by the state and local agencies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its director Michael D. Brown. He gained media celebrity and accolades for his apparent turning around of the situation in the city as well as his gruff management style which contrasted with what many felt were the empty platitudes of civilian officials. In one widely played clip, Honoré was seen on the streets of the city, barking orders to subordinates and, in one case, berating a soldier who displayed a weapon, telling him "We're on a rescue mission damn it!" New Orleans
New Orleans
Mayor Ray Nagin
Ray Nagin
was quoted on a radio interview September 1, 2005, saying: "Now, I will tell you this—and I give the president some credit on this—he sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done, and his name is Gen. Honoré. And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving. And he's getting some stuff done."[5] Stars and Stripes, the unofficial newspaper of the United States Armed Forces, reported that Honoré had previous experience dealing with flooding at many South Korean bases during monsoon season and supervised the installation of flood control measures. On September 20, 2005, at a press conference with Nagin on Hurricane Rita, Honoré made headlines nationwide when he told a reporter not to get "stuck on stupid" in reference to a question about the government response to Hurricane Katrina.[6] Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria
comments[edit] After Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria
devastated Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
in 2017, Honoré described the situation in the U.S. territory as being "like a war" and said it was significantly worse than New Orleans
New Orleans
in the aftermath of Katrina.[7] Honoré criticized the Trump administration's response to the crisis, saying it demanded a greater and more rapid response, with a larger commitment of U.S. troops to provide emergency assistance,[8] and told CNN
CNN
anchor Erin Burnett, "The president has shown again he don't give a damn about poor people. He doesn't give a damn about people of color."[9] Politics[edit] In late August 2009, there were reports that Honoré would run for U.S. Senate in 2010 in his native Louisiana
Louisiana
as a Republican against incumbent Republican Senator David Vitter.[10] On August 31, when asked point-blank on CNN
CNN
about the reports, Honoré expressed admiration for individuals who aspire to serve in public office but said that he had no plans to seek the Senate seat. Personal life[edit] Honoré describes himself an " African-American
African-American
Creole", a combination that includes French, African, American Indian and Spanish ancestry.[11] During the halftime of the Independence Bowl
Independence Bowl
in Shreveport, Louisiana, on December 30, 2005, Honoré was honored with the Omar N. Bradley "Spirit of Independence Award" because of his leadership in the recovery of New Orleans
New Orleans
after Hurricane Katrina. Honoré was also awarded the Key to the City Award to New Orleans
New Orleans
in Recognition of his Exemplary Military Service during the third anniversary of Katrina ceremonies.[citation needed] He resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisiana
with his wife, Beverly and their four children, two sons: Sergeant Michael Honore and First Lieutenant Steven Honore and two daughters, Stephanie and Kimberly. Awards and decorations[edit]

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   Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
with oak leaf cluster

   Army Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
with oak leaf cluster   Defense Superior Service Medal

   Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
(four Oak Leaf Clusters)   Bronze Star   Defense Meritorious Service Medal

  Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters)

   Army Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
(three Oak Leaf Clusters)   Army Achievement Medal

   Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
with two oak leaf clusters   Army Superior Unit Award

   National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
(two Bronze Service Stars)   Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

   Southwest Asia Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
(one Bronze Service Star)   Global War on Terrorism Service Medal   Korean Defense Service Medal   Armed Forces Service Medal   Humanitarian Service Medal   Army Service Ribbon    Overseas Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
(with numeral 4)   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

  Expert Infantryman Badge   Basic Parachutist Badge   Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

See also[edit]

Biography portal United States
United States
Army portal

List of Louisiana
Louisiana
Creoles List of Southern University
Southern University
alumni List of Troy University alumni

References[edit]

^ [dead link] Bluestein, Greg (January 8, 2008). "Katrina General Retiring from the Army". Associated Press
Associated Press
(via Yahoo! News). Retrieved January 1, 2008.  ^ "Ragin' Cajuns" is also the trademarked nickname of the athletic teams of the University of Louisiana
Louisiana
at Lafayette. ^ Honoré, Russel L.; Martz, Ron (2009), Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters, p. 26, ISBN 9781416599005, retrieved 10 June 2015  ^ http://www.ccl.org/ ^ Jackson Free Press Transcript: New Orleans’ Mayor C. Ray Nagin’s Interview Archived 2006-05-18 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Fox News
Fox News
Story 8/29/06. Fox News. ^ "Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who led Katrina relief, slams response to Puerto Rico". CBS News. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.  ^ " Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Relief Effort Replays Scene From Katrina, Retired General Says". National Public Radio. September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.  ^ Summers, Juana (September 30, 2017). "Trump attacks San Juan mayor over hurricane response". CNN. Retrieved September 30, 2017.  ^ General Russell Honore To Run Vs David Vitter
David Vitter
In Louisiana
Louisiana
US Race? Archived 2009-09-01 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Katrina: The Aftermath: First Army's 'Ragin' Cajun'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 14, 2005.

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generalhonore.com, official website of General Honoré, LLC Russel Honoré on IMDb Appearances on C-SPAN National Veteran's Day profile Department of Defense article "Theater Immersion Postmobilization Training in the First Army", by Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré
Russel L. Honoré
& Colonel Daniel L. Zajac Pentagon deploys ships, helicopters, rescuers to hurricane-ravaged areas Article on cnn.com about Honoré Associated Press
Associated Press
profile on Honoré "The Category 5 General:" Washington Post "Style" Section Article (September 12, 2005) Russel Honoré on why he apologized for the death of teens caused by U.S. servicemen in South Korea The US Embassy to South Korea's response on the deaths Video of September 20, 2005, press conference Transcript and audio of September 20, 2005, press conference Omar N. Bradley
Omar N. Bradley
"Spirit of Independence Award"

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