Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Lexington Armory Update: "Victoria's Secret Saved Our Butts."

A new story in Wired today contradicts what I said yesterday. Fair's fair, so here it is.

"We were dead in the water until Victoria's Secret showed up," Captain Brendan Gendron, the Regiment's operations officer, told Wired magazine.

Victoria's Secret is slated to hold its annual fashion show at the New York Army National Guard's historic armory on 25th Street and Lexington in Manhattan on Wednesday, and producers were already in town to prep for the televised event when the storm hit. They had eight 500-kilowatt generators with them, and they were happy to put them to good use. Soon, the soldiers had power and hot water again.

This story in Fashionista is saying the National Guard has a pre-aranged agreement to move soldiers during the show, and is not getting booted out as previously said in yesterday's story.

We just heard from Victoria's Secret and they assure us that the Post's report is entirely untrue. The National Guard is incredibly grateful for the lingerie giant's help during Hurricane Sandy. Guardsmen will relocate as planned–Victoria's Secret is not kicking them out, as the Post's report implied.

There you have it then. Private production company steps up and saves state funded institution from their own lack of preparation.

My question now is, why doesn't the New York National Guard have their own generators and the brains to bring them along? They have more and better stuff than the whole Canadian Armed Forces, they can't wire up an armory in an emergency?

I'm sure they can, and I'm sure there's a reason why this all is the way it is... but really, I'd love to know if its a reasonable reason or if its all just down to SNAFU.

The Phantom

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