The USS BATAAN (LHD-5) is a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship, named after the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II. The BATAAN has a flight deck for fixed wing and rotary aircraft, a well deck for launching and recovering amphibious assault craft at sea, and a crew of nearly 3,100 sailors and Marines.
PANAMAX is a perennial, multinational military exercise that is conducted for the purpose of defending the Panama Canal. This exercise takes place in the Gulf of Mexico, and it is headed by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in coordination with the land, air, and maritime forces of a host of nations from Central and South America.
Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 storm that occurred in August 2005. It caused over 1,800 deaths and over $100 billion dollars in damages in the Gulf Coast of the United States. The storms’ effects were particularly devastating to the cities of New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi.
A suggested path for reading is to begin each day with one prayer, the narrative summary that follows, and conclude with answering the reflection questions. The questions are designed to provide you with the opportunity to share your thoughts on how this journey relates to your own life experiences. So, write your story!