Tue, Jul 06, 2004
Army Reopens Tennessee Hangar Damaged In 1999 Tornado
Five years after it was damaged by a
tornado, the Army's Aviation Support Facility #3 in Tennessee is
open for business.
Congressman John Tanner (D-TN) was on hand for the rededication
in Jackson last week, calling the event a milestone for
"I was afraid we were going to lose this (the facility),"
Tanner, a 26-year National Guard veteran, said to the crowd. "This
is really a red-letter day for Jackson and Madison County. We are
showing the rest of the country that the National Guard is a worthy
The 1999 storm "crushed up helicopters inside and destroyed
helicopters outside," according to retired Col. Bob Mitchell, who
was quoted in the Jackson Sun. Since the storm, the Army crews at
McKellar-Sipes Airport worked out of mobile homes and sheltered
their aircraft in clamshell tents.
The new facility is a 15,000 sq. ft. hangar that houses the
facility's aircraft and provides a work environment for its 42
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