A day with the CG 2

Story by Spc. Nicholas A. Evora
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

Spc. Evora wrote this after spending a day conducting Hurricane Katrina relief operations with Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, Commander, 13th Corps Support Command. COSCOM "Soldiers of the Day" are selected for excellent duty performance and are afforded the opportunity to travel with Terry for a day.

NEW ORLEANS — A day spent with the Commanding General of the 13th Corps Support Command seemed unimaginable, simply because, not just anybody can tag along with the guy.

At first, I was uneasy about spending the day with a general officer until the CG broke the ice by saying," Let's go dude!"

I was almost speechless during my time with the CG, because I was too busy observing him.

The best way to describe Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, is that he cares for his Soldiers.

I thought that nothing provided greater thrills than amusement park rollercoasters, but the CG gave me the ride of my life.My first ride in a helicopter.

I had a perfect, bird's eye view of a city I had only previously seen from the ground.

We flew from the airport to downtown New Orleans in a matter of minutes.

The damage from the hurricane was just as evident from the sky as it was from the ground.

There was garbage on the streets, buildings torn apart, broken glass, bent stop signs.

Simply put, the place is trashed.but there was one thing that made me feel good.

Different people from all over the country; police, paramedics, firefighters, volunteer workers and servicemembers, all willing to give aid, despite the tremendous hours of work.

These people working hand in hand to help the city stand on its own presents an amazing picture.

When I think about the fact that I am part of it.WOW!