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IMT Gears Up For Tornado Recovery Operations

Stones River National Battlefield

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The Type 3 IMT (Wayne Elliott, IC) that’s been charged with overseeing the park’s recovery from last week’s tornado is currently building up its organization. Logistics section chief Rich Caldwell and operations section chief John Ashcraft, both from Mammoth Cave, and the Natchez Trace fire module, led by Shawn Nagle, arrived on April 15th. Plans section chief Bob Gray, retired from the Appalachian Trail, safety officer Jeff Galloway, AD from Big South Fork, and supply unit leader Ted Messenger, retired from Mammoth Cave, arrived on April 16th. The FMSS assessment team continued to estimate costs yesterday, and two archeologists from the Southeast Archeological Center began assessing the Hazen Monument area. They discovered artifacts dating to the Archaic period. Additional resources were expected to arrive yesterday evening and today. Portions of the park – including the tour road, the Hazen Brigade Monument, and the boundary trail – remain closed to the public. The national cemetery opened yesterday, as did the quarter-mile-long Pioneer Brigade trail near the visitor center. Other areas are open and include the McFadden Farm unit, Fortress Rosecrans, Redoubt Brannan, and the generals’ headquarters sites.



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