A Day of Prep

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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Over the weekend, thousands of service-minded volunteers are expected to descend upon Faulkner County, AR to help sort and remove debris so their neighbors can start to rebuild. Our command staff is managing multiple Volunteer Resource Centers and partnering with local NGOs and emergency management agencies to complete work orders in areas affected by this week’s tornado outbreak.

Earlier in the week, strike teams handled damage assessments and chainsaw operations while Friday was dedicated to supporting the weekend’s incoming workforce. Here’s a glimpse of Operation: Rising Eagle‘s command staff in action:

Operation: Rising Eagle's command staff talks strategy in managing potentially thousands of volunteers looking to provide relief in Faulkner County, AR.
Operation: Rising Eagle’s command staff talks strategy as they prepare to manage thousands of expected volunteers looking to provide relief in Faulkner County, AR this weekend.
USMC veteran, Arkansas native, and Incident commander Chad Reynolds discusses possible areas of operation with leaders from DRADT and ARDC.
USMC veteran, Arkansas native, and Incident Commander Chad Reynolds discusses possible areas of operation with leaders from DRADT and ARDC.
Army veteran and PIO Wes Craiglow takes questions from local media regarding Volunteer Resource Centers located throughout Faulkner County.
Army veteran and PIO Wes Craiglow takes questions from local media regarding Volunteer Resource Centers located throughout Faulkner County.
TR's Director of Field Operations Vince Moffitt address leaders from partnering organizations gathering at FOB Smith in the Home Depot lot in Conway.
TR’s Director of Field Operations Vince Moffitt address leaders from partnering organizations gathering at the FOB in the Home Depot lot in Conway.
TR volunteer Michael Kahlenberg helps field calls from the public requesting assistance.
TR volunteer Michael Kahlenberg helps field calls from the public requesting assistance.