Russel L. Honoré is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. He is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast and as the 2nd Infantry Division’s commander while stationed in South Korea. He served until his retirement from the Army on January 11, 2008. Honoré is sometimes known as “The Ragin’ Cajun”, although he is actually of Louisiana Creole with a West Indies background, whose family came through the port of New Orleans and settled in the Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The Honoré family surname is still found among the Cane River Créoles.
Gilbert Baez is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has a BA in English with special emphasis in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He has won numerous Journalism awards, including a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for a story he wrote and produced about a deadly fighter jet crash at Pope Air Force Base. In 1973, he was selected as the National Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of America. He is a reporter for WRAL.