State Ambassadors

Leslie Purser
Tennessee Ambassador
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Douglas Gilbert
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John Dyess
Tennessee Ambassador
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Tennessee At A Glance
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The Army Reserve’s presence in the Volunteer State offers specialized capabilities such as medical services, engineering, legal services, civil affairs, transportation and military police.





The 489th Civil Affairs Battalion from Knoxville joined almost 5,500 Soldiers and civilians responding to a simulated catastrophic domestic incident during Operation Vibrant Response 14. The training exercise was conducted to confirm the readiness and capabilities of elements of the Department of Defense’s specialized forces that respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents in support of local, state and federal civilian agencies.

During Vibrant Response 14, civil affairs Soldiers of the 489th assessed housing locations for displaced civilians, provided immediate medical aid to injured civilians and coordinated ongoing medical help. Soldiers also provided veterinary services to local farmers, assessed infrastructure stability and determined the safety of local drinking water.

Master Sgt. Norman Anderson was inducted into the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Service Rifle Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a competitive shooter. Anderson is the head coach of the Army Reserve Service Rifle Team and an Army Reserve career counselor living in Knoxville. He spent his first 15 years on active duty with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, a team that enhances combat readiness through clinics, research and development.

Millington-based Charlie and Delta companies of the 431st Civil Affairs Battalion participated in the Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training project. The Mississippi Medical Project helped bring free limited medical services to communities in four states in the Mississippi Delta region and provided more than $1 million in goods and services for area residents with little access to routine medical and dental care.





TN CAPABILITIES
MEDICAL

ENGINEER

LEGAL

MISO

CIVIL AFFAIRS

TRANSPORTATION

QUARTERMASTER

MILITARY POLICE

CHEMICAL, ORDNANCE (MAIN)

TRAINING SUPPORT