Commander of Katrina Relief Effort to Retire

Honoré will concentrate on improving country's disaster readiness
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 5:27 PM CST
AMERON PRAIRIE, UNITED STATES: US Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, head of the military component of the hurricane relief effort, looks over a map of damage caused by hurricane Rita 25 September 2005 at the Cameron...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Russel Honoré, the general who gained renown for his handling of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, will retire from the army Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Honoré had a storied career, from Korea to Katrina, and although he’s “transitioning” (his preferred word) out of military life, he already has his next challenge lined up: improving America’s disaster preparedness.

"The ultimate human experience is to save someone else's life," said Honoré, adding that he thinks the nation is ripe for a national dialogue on readiness. The general, who said he lies awake thinking about how the US would respond to a tsunami like the one that battered Indonesia in 2004, is working on a book about lessons learned from Katrina.