By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Ronda Spaulding, Naval Support Activity Mid-South Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- After a May 1 flood caused the evacuation of almost 300 families and military personnel on duty, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South has begun the recovery process in Millington, Tenn.
During the flooding, more than 200 people were rescued by boat without a single injury.
Capt. Doug McGowen, NSA Mid-South commanding officer, credits focused preparation by his staff on emergency management with their ability to provide effective response and coordination of community assets for successful evacuation and rescue efforts. Outstanding partnerships with the community, tenant commands and the public private venture (PPV) housing partner were key to meeting the immediate needs of displaced families.
"We had support rolling in as soon as the flood waters subsided. Navy Region Midwest, Navy Installations Command and Forest City provided exactly the support we needed, when we needed it," said McGowen. "On the ground, the cooperation and teamwork were inspiring. Mid-South and tenant command Sailors worked alongside Navy and Army Reservists, Defense Department civilians and our PPV partners to ensure our families were taken care of. Even though their own homes might have suffered some damage and their families might have been displaced, these men and women have come together to insure Naval Support Activity Mid-South recovers as quickly as possible. Their actions are consistent with what we do every day - supporting the fleet, the fighter, and the family."
As the immediate needs of the families were being addressed, attention turned to assessing the condition of the installation and beginning the clean up and recovery.
"Getting our families and Sailors into permanent housing is our top priority," said McGowen. "As we execute that plan, we are concurrently conducting a comprehensive clean-up and remediation program for effected buildings throughout the installation. We are focused on getting critical infrastructure critical to supporting our Sailors around the globe."
NSA Mid-South serves as the Navy's human resources center of excellence. The more than 40 tenant commands, including Navy Personnel Command and Navy Recruiting Command, manage a sailor's career from recruitment through retirement and support critical family readiness programs.
For more news, visit www.navy.mil.