That last post reminded me of the movie The Guardian, or Top Gun for the Coast Guard. Not great, but not terrible. There is one line in the movie that cracks me up, because it reminds me so much of something that would been said at the Academy. When addressing a new class of potential ASTs (rescue swimmers), the commanding officer says the following:
When storms shut down the entire force, we go out. When hurricanes ground the United States Navy, we go out. And when the Holy Lord himself reaches down from heaven and destroys His good work with winds that rip houses off the ground, we go out.
It’s meant to be over the top and cheesy, and it succeeds marvelously at that aim. On the flip side, it’s also completely true. To this day, I get pissed off at people who complain that the federal government “didn’t react quick enough” after Hurrican Katrina, because as I point out – the Coast Guard never stopped flying. Once, when I pointed that out to a stupid person, their response was “well the Coast Guard isn’t really the government” at which juncture I just had to walk away.