Hurricane Katrina, the most costly natural disaster in the history of the United States, made landfall 10 years ago in the Southeast.
In the two weeks after the cyclone struck the Gulf coast near Buras, Louisiana, the morning of August 29, 2005, the National Guard answered with more than 50,000 men and women – the largest domestic mobilization in National Guard history.
In spite of ferocious weather and damage caused after Katrina’s wind and rains swept through the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf coastal areas, the National Guard demonstrated its ability to serve the American public in the most trying of circumstances.
America’s oldest military organization mobilized with the assistance of every single state and territory and the District of Columbia.
The Guard channeled manpower, machinery and supplies to help wounded neighbors.