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Gen. Honoré rallies the bloggers
September 18, 2013
Mary Rickard
New Orleans’ battalion of online revolutionaries convened for the eighth annual Rising Tide event at Xavier University on Saturday with a surprisingly traditional hero headlining as keynote speaker.

Former commander of Joint Task Force Katrina encourages students, community leaders at Methodist speech
September 7, 2013
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré encouraged community leaders and students Friday not to be afraid to do the impossible.

Broadwell: Watch the wolves, bless the sheepdogs
September 7, 2013
Remember to look after the "sheepdogs" who watch over us, retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré said Friday at Methodist University.

Hurricane Tips From Cuba
July 29, 2013
“Cuba manages hurricanes well,” said Russel L. Honoré, the retired lieutenant general who commanded military relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Gen. Honoré offers advice on building a strong family unit
May 2, 2013
How can U.S. military core values be used by parents to build stronger families?

Hitting the gym with survivor Gen. Russel Honoré
April 8, 2013
Baton Rouge, LA (
When Gen. Russel Honoré went into the hospital in June 2012, seven years after leading the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina, he thought he was experiencing a case of heartburn.

Storm surge risks are key theme after Hurricane Isaac and Super Storm Sandy
March 26, 2013
J. David McSwane | Herald Tribune
“How do we create that culture of preparedness?” asked retired Lt. Col. Russel Honoré, a CNN contributor and disaster preparedness expert.

Anti-gang efforts paying off for Aurora
March 11, 2013
Tony Stanford | The Beacon-News
CHICAGO-Given Aurora’s exceptional year without a murder on the books in 2012, opinions abound related to what has changed with respect to the city’s policing strategies.

Honoré: Take on the Impossible
Febraury 21, 2013
Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS-Russel Honoré knows all too well what it’s like to live without electricity. “When we lose power, it sets back the way we live 100 years,” said the three-star general, who commanded Joint Task Force Katrina and helped restore order here following the 2005 hurricane.

Gen. Honoré: Sandy recovery is stumbling
November 15, 2012
Special to CNN
Russel Honoré led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Gen. Honoré is a senior scientist with The Gallup ...

Scrambling to Prepare for Sandy
October 28, 2012
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré discusses preparations for Hurricane Sandy with CNN's Don Lemon.

Gen. Russel Honoré recalls heroes' sacrifice - Shreveport Times September 11, 2012
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré spoke at the Patriot Awards Banquet on Tuesday in rememberance of Sept. 11, 2001.

Buzz on Business: Media tour timed with DigiFest South
September 1, 2012
Retired Lt. General Russel Honoré will be the guest speaker at the Bossier Chamber of Commerce's Patriot Awards banquet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Bossier Civic Center. The event honors Bossier Parish military, law enforcement and fire/EMS personnel.

It is now your turn
May 12, 2012
More than 1,300 individuals are officially part of the UL alumni family today after receiving their diplomas during Saturday's commencement exercises.

Datdaio Enterprises Launches the Because You Serve Campaign
April 7, 2012
It goes on to give an example of this fact: ...and, how proud was the entire country to see Commander LTG Russel Honoré barking out orders in New Orleans, saving petrified Americans, and daring Hurricane Katrina to utter another word.

University of West Georgia: General Honoré Recap and Video September 22, 2011
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré brought to UWG a lifetime of wisdom and a sense of perspective as he challenged students to step up and solve the problems of the day.

Lt. General Russel Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.), to Deliver Opening Keynote Address at 9-1-1 Industry Alliance National Workshop on 9-1-1 Overload
September 20, 2011
The 9-1-1 Industry Alliance (9IA) is pleased to announce that retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré will be the opening keynote speaker at the 9IA National Workshop on 9-1-1 Overload.

General Honore: What Is Military Preparedness? Winning The First Battle
September 19, 2011
By Peter C. Maffitt
Let us listen closely to General Russel Honoré's warning. Lt. General Russel Honoré ( retired) gave the keynote speech at the 2011 NAPE luncheon in Houston, Texas. One purpose of the lunch was to raise funds for the Charitable ...

On My Honor
September 14, 2011
Retired Lt. General talks about next generation leadership...

WWII Veteran Gets Bronze Star
September 12, 2011
General Russel L. Honoré presents the Bronze Star Medal to PFC Douglas W. Kearney of Milford.

Honoré: 'To live free is a privilege'
September 8, 2011
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré emphasized the importance of education for today’s youth during his visit to Grambling State University on Thursday.

A general talks storm lessons since Katrina
August 11, 2011
As Tropical Storm Irene pelted parts of New England, New York and New Jersey on Sunday morning, spoke with retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré.

West Point’s Buffalo Soldiers mark 50th at Sept. 4 gala
August 11, 2011
The keynote address by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré will be “The Buffalo Soldier … No Longer Forgotten.”

For lesson in shared sacrifice, send Congress to boot camp
August 2, 2011
Like most veterans, the men and women who have worn our nation's uniform to defend this country, I am furious with and disappointed in the state of indecision that plagued Washington these past few weeks.

We Need To 'Encourage a Culture of Preparedness'
July 18, 2011
..."a culture of preparedness," to borrow a phrase Russel L. Honoré, who directed (rescue) military efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Honore has written a book that I highly recommend called Survival: How Being Prepared Can Keep You and Your Family Safe.

Largo Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day
May 31, 2011
Keynote speaker Lt. General Russel L. Honoré delivers a powerful speech at Largo Central Park Sunset Memorial Day Ceremony.

CHS Graduate Chase Brown Honored with Other LA Cadets & Midshipmen ...
December 27, 2010
Attendees of the reception were addressed by Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret. ), who played an instrumental part in Louisiana recovery following Hurricane Katrina. Chase, who has been on the Dean's List every semester since starting ...

Honore: U.S. commander in S. Korea faces 'balancing act'
November 23, 2010
by HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune
Russel Honoré has a pretty good idea of what is going on right now in the mind of Army Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, which has just been hit by a deadly barrage of artillery by the North Koreans.

General message targets war on poverty
November 17, 2010
In a speech that was more like a tent revival than military briefing, or business meeting, retired U.S. Army Gen. Russel Honoré admonished approximately 60 listeners to appreciate the freedom provided by veterans...

Fisher House gives refuge to war wounded, families
April 16, 2010
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré knows a thing or two about rehabilitation.

Become a Hero. Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
March 23, 2010
General Russel Honoré' was recently announced as Honorary Chairman of the statewide Heroes campaign. Become a Hero.

“Category 5 General” speaks at Red Cross fundraiser in Anderson
March 20, 2010
ANDERSON — A few minutes alone with Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré leaves little question that he loves the United States and the men and women who serve it in the military.

Gen. Honoré: Evacuate most vulnerable Haitians
January 21, 2010
The general told CNN last week that the U.S. military should have responded sooner to the earthquake in Haiti because "time is of the essence" in helping quake survivors.

Read General Honoré's interviews, articles and commentaries about the situation in Haiti.

Gen. Honoré: Evacuate most vulnerable Haitians
Haiti logistics: breaking the airport bottleneck

More U.S. military personnel head to Haiti for relief effort
More Men with Guns: Canadian Forces Join Haiti Aid Blitz
NAS Jax Sends Aid, Lawlessness Increases in Haiti
Haiti earthquake: police open fire on looters
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ABC Students Inspired by General Honoré
Fall, 2009
New Canaan ABC students recently had the opportunity to meet with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Russel L. Honoré, a three-star general who served as the commander of Joint Task Force-Katrina...

Honoré calls for preparedness: Retired general warns of another Hurricane Katrina unless lessons are learned in America
October 22, 2009
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, a former instructor at the Command and General Staff College, spoke to Intermediate Level Education students and faculty about "Building a Culture of Preparedness" Oct. 20 in the Lewis and Clark Center's Eisenhower Auditorium.

2010 SunGard Business Continuity Software International User Group Forum
October 21, 2009
WAYNE, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. General Russel Honoré, who is best known for his management of the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 SunGard Business Continuity Software International User Group Forum. The forum, organized by SunGard Availability Services, will be held in Orlando, Fla. on April 10 - 14, 2010.

Independent Petroleum Association of America Blog
October 14, 2009
Action Packed Membership Luncheon Line-up at 80th Annual Meeting
Attendees of IPAA’s 80th Annual Meeting are sure to enjoy hearing LT. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret) speak during lunch on Thursday, November 5. Honoré has been hailed by the media as the “Category 5 General.” LT. General Russel Honoré led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005.

Trucks at Work Blog: Lessons From a Sheepdog
September 25, 2009
“Remember this: you’ve got to take care of your people, but don’t forget to also take care of your sheepdogs. “ Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (Ret.), from a recent speech on Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century.

In Book, Katrina Task Force’s Gen. Honoré Urges U.S. To Move Towards “Culture Of Preparedness”
September 9, 2009
The most high profile American associated with citizen preparedness may be Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Russel L. Honoré who came to national prominence for his work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. and Cuba Work Together on Storms
August 20, 2009
Among those who made the trip last month were Russel Honoré, a retired lieutenant general who was the commander of the military’s Hurricane Katrina task force;...

Floridians too complacent about hurricane menace, Katrina veteran warns
August 11, 2009
TAMPA — Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, the man widely credited with restoring order to a chaotic post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, has a word of warning for Floridians who believe they have hurricanes figured out.

Blank ticker sends signal to Cubans
July 27, 2009
Mr. Smith was in Havana last week to lead a delegation on disaster co-operation, particularly after hurricanes. Among its members were Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, former commander of the Joint Task Force Katrina, and Stewart Simonson, former assistant secretary for emergency preparedness of the Department of Health and Human Services from 2004 to 2006.

Hurricane/Natural Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?
July 7, 2009
To combat persistent U.S. disaster denial, especially in hurricane-prone regions, Firestorm Solutions, LLC presented a free hour-long preparedness webinar on July 13 at 3 p.m. EDT.

June 26, 2009
LEXINGTON, Va., June 26, 2009. The linchpin role that the National Guard and Reserve components of the Armed Forces play in the defense of the American homeland will be the topic of a national conference this September at Virginia Military Institute. Top state and federal officials will attend the conference to debate the progress that has been made and the future refinements needed to answer grave homeland challenges.

A Community Resource Returns Home
May 28, 2009
New York Times Student Journalism Institute - After nearly four years of being displaced because of Hurricane Katrina, the Southeast Louisiana chapter of the Red Cross has returned home.

Government Technology: Technology's Role in Disaster Mitigation
May 22, 2009
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré believes that the key to mitigating the effect of disasters lies in being prepared for them.

Government Technology: Creating a Culture of Preparedness is the Best Hope for Disaster Mitigation, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore Says
May 22, 2009
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina in its response to disasters but the country has a long way to go to improve preparedness, Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré told....

Gen. Russel Honoré Grades Memphis's Preparedness
April 16, 2009
WREG - He's called the general who saved New Orleans after Katrina or the "John Wayne" of the bayou.

Sentinel-Tribune: Sick of U.S. health Status
April 3, 2009
With his cajun drawl nand no-nonsense style, retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré chewed out American Thursday for fouling up health care.

CNN: Honoré: Sandbags won't save your life
March 27, 2009
Residents in the flood plains of North Dakota need to flee to high ground because "you cannot depend on a sandbag dike to save your life," said Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré.

Plan ahead or get left behind, speaker says
March 26, 2009
WHNS - The two most important days in a man's life are the day he is born and the day he figures out why he was born, Lt. General Russel Honoré told utility managers and city officials at the 34th annual Nebraska Municipal Power Pool conference in North Platte on Wednesday.

Poor health care a threat to U.S. security
March 24, 2009
by Russel L. Honoré, Guest Columnist, The Times-Picayune
Americans aren't getting what we pay for in health care, and it's endangering not just our lives, but our nation's security.

LRA OKs generator program
March 19, 2009
State officials did not exactly salute retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré on Wednesday, but they may be on the same page as the “hero” of Hurricane Katrina.

New Leadership, New Hopes
March 17, 2009
How much difference will the Obama administration make to the recovery of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast?

3rd Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit
March 12-13, 2009
This Year's Theme: Creating the Professional Homeland Defender
Guest Speaker: LTG Russel Honoré, USA (ret)

Lt. General Honoré Delivers Rousing Address
March 9,2009
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated Founder's Day at Southern University Monday. The university is 129 years old and still growing.  Monday's keynote speaker, a hero to many people in south Louisiana and a Southern alumnus, captured most of the attention and gave a rousing address.

World Class New Orleans: STILL Not Stuck on Stupid
March 2, 2009
General Russel Honoré was the speaker Sunday for NPR's "This I Believe" segment. He tells a good story and still serves as a witness to truth and decency.

Emergency Preparedness Key to Communities
February 25, 2009
Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who led the U.S. Department of Defense' s response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita, made his way to Fort Valley State University, to teach on disaster preparedness.

Jindal's out-of-touch gov't-bashing: The Swamp
February 25, 2009
By Frank James
Russel Honoré and the U.S. military that seemed to mark a turn for the better in New Orleans. Whether it's popular to say or not, it took something of a bureaucracy to orchestrate all of that. Meanwhile, local and state officials at ...

February 12, 2009
The following information was released by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe:
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today reintroduced the Federal Emergency Management Advancement Act of 2009, (S. 2214) legislation to establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an independent agency of the United States government.

Illinois disaster planning needs to include the poor
February 11, 2009
What would you do if an earthquake...

Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive - Wall Street, Main Street and...January 19, 2009
Russel L. Honoré LT. Gen. U.S. Army (Retired). I think in the spirit and soul of MLK, we should remind the leaders of this great nation that we have three "streets" in America not two. There is Wall Street. When things go bad they get...

300 Graduate From Va. State
December 14, 2008
ETTRICK — When Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore took charge in New Orleans after Katrina hit in 2005...

CNN Commentary: U.S. Needs 'Culture of Preparedness'
September 1, 2008
Editors Note: Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré led the military response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. As Commanding General First U.S. Army, Honoré commanded...

Katrina general retiring from the Army
January 8, 2008
FOREST PARK, Ga. — The gruff, cigar-chomping general who led federal troops into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is convinced America hasn't learned its lesson from the storm.

CNN: Lt. Gen. Honoré a 'John Wayne Dude'
September 3, 2005
Commander of relief effort in New Orleans takes charge...