One immediate result of Papp’s trip is the transfer of Federal On-Scene Coordinator duties between Rear Adm. Mary Landry and Rear Adm. James Watson that occurred Tuesday at Unified Area Command (UAC) Robert.
Papp traveled to Incident Command Post (ICP) Houma, La., a staging area in Venice, La., and ICP Mobile, Ala., on Friday. He also conducted an over flight of spill response operations along the Mississippi River Delta. On Saturday, Papp visited UAC Robert, La.
“These tours and briefings give me a needed reality check on the status of our people and support to the response,” said Papp. “I am energized by the exceptional work Coast Guard personnel are doing to fight this spill.”
The trip also better positioned Papp to manage the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is maintained by the Coast Guard, and provide sustained forces to the effort. Work in both of these areas is ongoing.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force Mark Allen traveled with Papp. The two master chiefs met with senior enlisted members at each location to gain insights on the status of Coast Guard responders, including: living conditions, work hours, deployment impacts and administrative support.
“I am committed to providing the Coast Guard’s full support in cutters, boats, aircraft, and personnel,” said Papp.