It wasn’t all bad
When the Celebrity Equinox set sail from Florida last week, the cruise ship’s 3,000 passengers expected to enjoy a week of relaxation in the Caribbean. Then Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas. The vessel changed course to Grand Bahama Island and became a floating aid station. Kitchen staff prepared some 10,000 meals for storm-struck Bahamians, which passengers plated and packed. Guests and crew also donated clothes for victims. Guest Jessica Russell fully supported the cruise’s rerouting. It’s the “least that we can do,” she said.
For the first time in the U.S. Army’s 244-year history, two sisters have attained the rank of general. At a historic promotion ceremony in Arlington, Va., Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett—already a two-star general—presented her younger sister Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi with a beret bearing her new one-star rank insignia. The daughters of a World War II vet father, both siblings have excelled in the military. Barrett, 53, commands NETCOM, which runs the Army’s cybernetworks, while Lodi, 51, is director of health-care operations for the Army’s surgeon general. “This is not a game of chance,” Barrett said of her and Lodi becoming generals. “It is hard work.”
Matt Sylvester was an hour into his first flying lesson when his instructor suffered a seizure and passed out at the controls of their two-seat Cessna. The 29-year-old Australian immediately called air traffic control, who advised him on how to keep the wings level and reduce his speed as he prepared to land at Perth’s Jandakot Airport. He made several passes over the runway before gently touching down. An ambulance took the instructor to the hospital, where he is now in stable condition, and flight school owner Chuck McElwee praised Sylvester for his cool head. “It was,” he said, “a perfect landing.” ■