The Biden Administration is so incompetent they have no idea what they are doing.
Joe Biden personally called Coast Guard swimmer AST2 Zack Loesch for his heroism in saving an elderly couple and their dog last week off Fort Meyers, Florida.
While conducting rescue operations on two of the islands off the coast of Fort Myers, which were inaccessible except by boat or helicopter, Loesch and his crew went to work within minutes of arriving by hoisting people out of the area onto their MH-60 Jay Hawk helicopter and delivering them to the Hertz Arena parking lot in Fort Myers.
One of the houses they arrived at had an older couple whose roof was torn off. They were stuck in a back bedroom because a couch had been lifted up by the hurricane and positioned in such a way that they were unable to exit. The woman is disabled and uses a specialized wheelchair tailored to her individual needs. Because of the inaccessibility, Loesch was forced to tear through the wall to gain access to the room. He was successful in retrieving the man and woman plus their dog. Loesch even went back and attached a hoist to her wheelchair and hauled it and himself out so the woman would be able to get around once they were evacuated.
The Biden White House reported the call on its webpage on Friday, saying in part:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hooper and Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch to personally thank them for the heroic work that they and their Coast Guard colleagues have performed during search and rescue operations in response to Hurricane Ian. The President thanked them for saving lives and asked for a report on the work that continues to rescue Floridians. He also asked if they needed any additional support that he can provide to accelerate successful rescues; they indicated they have gotten what they need to execute their vital mission.
What the Biden team likely didn’t realize is that AST2 Loesch is going to be discharged in a week or two for not being vaccinated.
Loesch is being hailed as a hero along with the rest of his crew, and rightfully so. However, Loesch was set to sit down with his chain of command and receive his impending, involuntary discharge from the Coast Guard. He, along with four other rescue swimmers at Air Station Clearwater, are unvaccinated. Loesch submitted a Religious Accommodation (RA) to the Coast Guard, but it was denied. The Coast Guard is already understrength in regards to Rescue Swimmers, plus the training is very difficult and has an incredibly high attrition rate…
…If Hurricane Ian had arrived only two weeks later, Loesch may have already been giving his discharge date. As it stands, he was too vital to the Coast Guard’s operations, and the people whose lives he saved on Thursday can readily attest to that. The irony of President Biden calling to congratulate and thank Loesch as a hero, yet he’s currently on the chopping block and set to be discharged in the not too distant future, is stark.
Biden’s insane vaccine mandates are destroying our military. Good men and women like AST2 Loesch are being kicked out of the military in large numbers. The military is basically being gutted.
Knowing Biden and his team, they probably don’t realize that he thanked someone they’re about to kick out of the Coast Guard – they aren’t very smart.