Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Army National Guard sent helicopters and crews to South Carolina late last week as the state made preparations ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.
The rotary wing assets were requested by South Carolina through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact process whereby states can ask for help in time of crisis, or other natural disasters.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency serves as the mitigating agency for such requests and works regularly with other state emergency management agencies to facilitate these cooperative agreements.
Nashville, TN – When it comes to emergencies, you can never be too prepared. In order to have a plan in place for the worst kind of incidents and disasters, the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, conducted an Active Aggressor (Active Shooter) Exercise on Wednesday, August 31st.
The exercise was conducted in cooperation with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Fire Department and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. During the 2 hour exercise the multi-acre complex was locked down with no one able to enter or leave the area.
Knoxville, TN – Several Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion that is now part of Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville, TN, were awarded the Sikorsky Rescue Award July 10th, for participating in three different lifesaving missions in Eastern Tennessee earlier this year.
“To be eligible to receive the Sikorsky Rescue Award, an individual must have directly performed a lifesaving rescue in any Sikorsky helicopter,” said Shay Collins, a customer award program manager with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
Nashville, TN – The National Guard Force Protection Act of 2016 was signed into law on June 10th in a ceremony at the War Memorial Building in Nashville. The Act provides 1.5 million dollars to improve the security of National Guard facilities throughout the state.
This bill requires the department of military to implement force protection enhancements at national guard facilities to include AI Phones, shatter resistant film, cameras, magnetic locks, barriers and mobile ballistic shields among other security enhancements.
Alternative Residential Program part of Governor’s Public Safety Action Plan
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced with Major General Max Haston of the Department of Military and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich that Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.
Nashville, TN – Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, today announced that the Military Department has taken steps to increase the security of its personnel and facilities to include allowing Tennessee Army & Air National Guard members with valid Tennessee State Handgun Carry Permits to carry handguns at State Armories and facilities.
Haston’s decision follows Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s directive, issued earlier this month in the aftermath of the deadly shootings in Chattanooga, to review current Guard personnel who are authorized to be armed in the performance of their duties, and identify and arm Guardsmen where necessary to protect themselves, citizens and Guard facilities. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, today recognized Dollar General Vice President of Government Affairs Steve Brophy and Dollar General for hiring Spc. Josh DeRoisa as the 3,000th hire through the Job Connection Education Program or (JCEP).
DeRoisa’s employment represents yet another milestone in the nearly four year old business partnership program assisting Tennessee National Guard members and their families in finding jobs across the state.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has issued a directive to Adjutant General Max Haston to review security policies and procedures at National Guard armories, storefront recruiting facilities, and other installations and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of Guardsmen, citizens, and property.
He also instructed Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons to assess the process for issuing handgun carry permits to trained members of the military and to look for ways to streamline it.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee National Guard’s 45th Civil Support Team (WMD) was ready early last Thursday morning to answer the call made by the Blount County Fire Department through TEMA. When a sheared axle punctured a CSX rail car carrying hazardous material it sparked a fire filling the air with hydrogen cyanide, a poisonous gas, in and around the city of Maryville.
As many as 5000 citizens were evacuated from their homes due to unsafe air and potentially contaminated well water. The 45th deployed 11 personnel and equipment to assist local fire, EPA, and CSX officials with air monitoring of the evacuated area from Thursday to Saturday conducting 24 hour operations during that time.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has voted to reduce the white-tailed buck limit for the 2015-16 seasons. Deer hunters will now be able to take a total of two bucks throughout the deer hunting seasons.
After months of discussion and consideration, the action came during the TFWC’s May meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region III Building. «Read the rest of this article»
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