Russel L. Honoré
Retired Lieutenant General in the United States Army
Russel L. Honoré
Russel L. Honoré is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. He is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast and as the 2nd Infantry Division Commander while stationed in Korea. He served until his retirement from the Army on January 11, 2008.
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A Veteran Of 2 Louisiana Disasters, One General Speaks Of Preparedness
NPR - 6 months
Lt. Gen. Russel Honore discusses the aftermath of the flood in southeast Louisiana. In 2005, he had been appointed head of Joint Task Force Katrina.
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Keeping the peace in Baltimore
Fox News - almost 2 years
Lt. General Russel Honore speaks out
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'I felt hopeless and helpless'
CNN - about 3 years
"You've got to save your best leadership for home." These are the words of retired U.S. Army Commander Lt. General Russel L. Honore at a recent speaking event on leadership in the 21st century.
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An Open Letter to CNN Reporter Barbara Starr
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Dear Ms. Starr, We are writing to let you in on a secret. It's a big one -- so get to a fresh page in your reporter notebook and have your pen poised and ready. You told your viewers last Thursday that there was "no question" that the military could afford to go into Syria and that you "don't think it's really going to affect military families at all." Here's some inside information for you: There is no such thing as a person-less war. Our military cannot afford for Americans to forget that wars and battles and military strikes are fought by troops, that troops are people, and that those people have families. In our military communities this summer we couldn't even afford to pay federal employees for a five-day work week. Military families can't get doctors' appointments and can't get the counseling services needed to grapple with the problems we already have, problems largely created by almost 12 years of war. And while Congress was busy sending a warning letter to the presid ...
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Video: Evacuating Katrina refugees in the Superdome
CBS News - about 4 years
When the levees broke after Hurricane Katrina, thousands of people were trapped in the New Orleans Superdome with no electricity and little food and water. One of the people brought in to turn the situation around was Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore. Scott Pelley sat down with him to reflect on those days.
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Honoré: 'hunker down and stay off roads'
CNN- Cafferty File - over 4 years
Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré led the military relief effort for hurricane Katrina - he weighs in on the latest with Isaac.
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"Bicentennial Babies" Honored at Women's & Children's
3 KATC - almost 5 years
Eduardo Sanchez-Ulibarri Jr. said hello to the world at 4:58 a.m. today, and already he is making history. The second child born to Angelica Bonilla and Eduardo Sanchez-Ulibarri Sr., Eduardo, who weighed 9 pounds 1 ounce and measures 21 inches, is the first "Bicentennial Baby" born at Women's & Children's Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana. The couple also has a daughter, Elizabeth Sanchez-Bonilla, 4. "That's fine," said Eduardo Sanchez-Ulibarri Sr., when informed of the honor. He accepted special gifts from the hospital and the state during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Women's & Children's Hospital.   As part of the state celebrating its 200th anniversary, all babies born on April 30 in Louisiana will receive commemorative gifts provided by a collaboration of the Louisiana Hospital Association, the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and birthing hospitals like Women's & Children's Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana. "By ...
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Six years after Katrina, praise for Irene response - CNN International
Google News - over 5 years
Russel Honore, who led the military response to Katrina, told CNN.com that early calls to evacuate were "the right thing to do." "I've been in the storm business for years, and I've never seen officials be prudent enough to cancel commercial and
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A general talks storm lessons since Katrina - CNN International
Google News - over 5 years
Russel Honore: People take storms seriously because they saw the level of seriousness (during Katrina) that can go on. Before Katrina, it was a longstanding tradition in our country for political officials to wait until the last minute to warn,
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Good neighbor policy: As storms approach, don't forget that strong community ... - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Russel Honoré, leader of Task Force Katrina in 2005 and author of Survival. The retired lieutenant general says this neighbor-saving-neighbor dynamic held true in New Orleans, in Haiti and in tornado-torn Alabama. We'll need it
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Fundraising for La's 2nd bicentennial in decade - Anchorage Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Russel Honoré, chairman of the commission. He asked panel members to start "going to people you think you know who will put something in the pot. We have to execute the budget, and that means raising money." "We have to work to do," said Haynie,
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Ex-Mayor Nagin paints himself as hero in memoir - The Associated Press
Google News - over 5 years
Russel Honore, who was brought in to oversee the post-Katrina evacuations and clean up, planned the march only to have it stymied when Blanco's office leaked word of it to parish officials. However, Honore said he recalled no such conversation
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Honore urges Southernites to stay the course - WBXH
Google News - over 5 years
General Russel Honore told hundreds of Southern University alumni that their destiny is in their hands. "Our future is not dictated by the legislature in Louisiana," Honore says. "It's dictated by us." Honore who is also an alumnus was the guest
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Southern kicks off national alumni ... - WBXH
Google News - over 5 years
There will be a host of activitiies including a luncheon on Thursday at the union, an old school and new school party on Thursday night at the Lyceum Dean and a life members breakfast on Friday at the Belle featuring General Russel Honore
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russel L. Honoré
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 62
    In late August 2009, there were reports that Honoré would run for U.S. Senate in 2010 in his native Louisiana as a Republican against incumbent Republican Senator David Vitter.
    More Details Hide Details On August 31, when asked point-blank on 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. Honoré describes himself an "African-American Creole", a combination that includes French, African, American Indian and Spanish ancestry.
  • 2008
    Age 61
    He served until his retirement from the Army on January 11, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Honoré is sometimes known as "The Ragin' Cajun", although he is actually of Louisiana Creole with a West Indies background, whose family came through the port of New Orleans and settled in the Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The Honoré family surname is still found among the Cane River Créoles.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 58
    During the halftime of the 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 after Hurricane Katrina.
    More Details Hide Details Honoré was also awarded the Key to the City Award to New Orleans in Recognition of his Exemplary Military Service during the third anniversary of Katrina ceremonies. He resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife, Beverly and their four children, two sons: Sergeant Michael Honore and Steven Honore and two daughters: Stephanie and Kimberly. Badges awarded include the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.
    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.
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    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 Mayor 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.
    More Details Hide Details And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving. And he's getting some stuff done." 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 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.
    More Details Hide Details Honoré's arrival in 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.
  • 2004
    Age 57
    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 and Germany.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 24
    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 and A&M College in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details 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 and A&M College. He has received leadership development training from the international civilian Center for Creative Leadership.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born in 1947.
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