NR 16-015: Military security exercise planned at Old Hickory Dam

Published June 16, 2016
As part of one of the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in Tennessee state history, the US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the Tennessee Army National Guard for a military security exercise 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 on the powerhouse side of Old Hickory Dam located in Hendersonville, Tenn.

As part of one of the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in Tennessee state history, the US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the Tennessee Army National Guard for a military security exercise 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 on the powerhouse side of Old Hickory Dam located in Hendersonville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 16, 2016) – As part of one of the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in Tennessee state history, the US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the Tennessee Army National Guard for a military security exercise 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 on the powerhouse side of Old Hickory Dam located in Hendersonville, Tenn.  The exercise will facilitate the training and coordination necessary between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, which operates the lock and dam, and the National Guard to secure such a critically important facility.  The exercise will have little impact on the operation of project.

“We want the public to know that when they see soldiers and military vehicles in the vicinity of the dam next Monday that they should take heart knowing that they are training on how to secure a facility that is so important to the Nashville area,” said Jerry Breznican, Nashville District Emergency Management chief.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s Old Hickory Lock and Dam is located about 25 miles upstream of Nashville, Tenn.  The combination earthen-fill and concrete-gravity dam rises 98 feet above the streambed and contains a hydroelectric power generating plant.  The 397-foot-long lock lifts boats 60 feet between the river below the dam and the Old Hickory Reservoir above the dam.   

“We are really excited to work and train with the Tennessee Army National Guard to demonstrate our commitment and ability to secure such an important facility and to keep the folks who visit and operate them safe,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Murphy, Nashville District commander. 

The Tennessee Army National Guard’s participation will be low impact in nature and intended to support an exercise scenario where they are providing extra security at the facility in support of the Corps of Engineers.

Randy Harris, Tennessee Army National Guard Public Affairs chief, said this event is part of a statewide exercise, Tennessee Maneuvers 16, which is the largest emergency response exercise in state history.  It is bringing together local responders, emergency managers and the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard in response to a series of catastrophic events throughout the state.

“The exercise is designed for the Military Department, to include the National Guard, to support state wide emergency management by bringing together local civil authorities, under the coordination of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and provide military response resources in the event of a catastrophic emergency", said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee's Adjutant General.

The exercise is also part of America’s PrepareAthon, a national campaign led by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency with Department of Defense participation and planning efforts, which provides organizations opportunities to increase preparedness and minimize vulnerabilities to disasters and emergencies.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.  The public can also follow Old Hickory Lake on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oldhickorylake.) 
Contact
Bill Peoples
615-736-7161
chief.public-affairs@usace.army.mil
or
Lee Roberts
615-736-7161
chief.public-affairs@usace.army.mil

Release no. 16-015