On Katrina Disaster Anniversary, CD-5 Congressional Candidate Jay Fawcett Details Plan for Better Federal Disaster Response

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Fawcett brings military expertise to disaster response and protection of homeland. Jay Fawcett, candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District, today laid out a comprehensive plan for improving federal disaster response in communities throughout the country – one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Jay Fawcett, candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District, today laid out a comprehensive plan for improving federal disaster response in communities throughout the country – one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Fawcett, a decorated military veteran with extensive Homeland Security expertise, said that while some progress has been made since Katrina, more needs to be done to protect vulnerable communities from natural and man-made disasters, as well as terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

“Disaster can strike anywhere and we need to be better prepared as a country,” said Fawcett, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in Operation Desert Storm. “Already, wildfires have burned more than 7.1 million acres across the West. We now face the wrath of hurricane season and the potential for another terrorist attack. Until we complete the necessary overhaul of our disaster services, we will be vulnerable to a repeat of last year’s debacle in New Orleans – or worse.”

In his analysis, which he produced when working for United States Northern Command and was printed in the most recent Joint Center for Operational Analysis Quarterly Bulletin, (published by United States Joint Forces Command), Fawcett evaluates the problems of getting the Federal, state, and local governments to work together to overcome a massive natural disaster. He points out three areas that lend themselves to rapid solutions that would dramatically increase the effectiveness of the Federal response, including reorganization of the National Guard to better prepare them to respond to natural and man-made disasters as well as supporting war fighting. Jay’s solutions give the leadership role to the Department for Homeland Security with support from the Department of Defense in such a way that they avoid legal restrictions on Federal military involvement and overwhelming state and local agencies.

Fawcett’s depth of experience and clear policy insights on disaster planning and other crucial issues have won the support of numerous military leaders, including retired USAF Brigadier General Owen Lentz, former director of intelligence for NORAD. “Jay Fawcett has the skills and ability to assess complex problems and provide reasonable solutions,” said Lentz, a CD-5 resident. “It is that ability that we want in our leaders in Congress.”

Fawcett’s broad appeal – his military background and small business experience – cuts across traditional political boundaries. He has been endorsed by individuals and organizations that represent the needs and wishes of the people of CD-5, including the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the former Supreme Allied Commander; The Retired Enlisted Association Senior Citizens League, VETPAC, organized labor and a number of leading Republicans in CD-5.

About Jay Fawcett

Colorado Springs resident Jay Fawcett is a graduate, former professor, and a former headquarters’ squadron commander of the Air Force Academy. He was deployed in the first Gulf War serving in Desert Shield and the initial helicopter assault into Iraq during Desert Storm. Fawcett was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions. At Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Jay served on the staff of the Deputy Commander for Operations of Air Combat Command. In 1998, after serving his country in combat and during the Cold War, Lt Col Fawcett retired from the Air Force and began working as a defense contractor including support of US Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base. For more information on Jay and his campaign, visit http://www.fawcett4congress.com/.

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