My brother is a Lt. Com. on board the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 2)
They were on their way to the Gulf when the Tsimani hit in the Indian Ocean.
I thought you might enjoy these:
Hey from Lil Bro
Since it's all over the news I can tell you we're on our way to Sri Lanka for
Disaster Relief. We were supposed to pull into Guam for a port visit, instead we just picked up relief supplies and got right back underway again. Watch for us in the news.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Of course because of where I am I beat you by a few hours. We're having a holiday routine onboard (holiday for some, routine for the rest of us) so not much regular work today. We had a small party onboard and had a movie night in the Flag Mess. We watched "Napoleon Dynamite," a very strange movie but funny.
Lots of planning still going on for the relief efforts. It'll be a
few more days before we arrive off Sri Lanka so watch for us in the news.
We're going to get some embedded media as well as the usual public affairs
folks for this sort of thing. We did manage to pick up some supplies from
FEMA during a half day stopover in Guam including shovels, lumber, tools and
chainsaws (in the hands of Marines...hmm). When we show up we'll show up
BIG, with more to follow. This is one of those things they actually want us
to E-mail home about. We've already got a few people over there
coordinating with the locals and we just wish we could get there sooner.
Anyway, enjoy the parade! I heard it might rain a little for the
1st time in the Rose Parade history but I keep reminding people here that we
don't hold it on Sunday and God doesn't let it rain on our parade. Tell
everyone I said hi.
Needless to say, I am VERY proud of him! He has a masters in engineering and he will be able to do A LOT to help the people and the country in Sri Lanka.
(and as you all know, it didn't rain on the parade, but the skies sure opened up later!!!!)