New all-veteran crew established on MTNF

The Mark Twain National Forest (NTNF) Veteran Crew consists of prior military service members and is based out of Cassville. 

These veterans have acquired skills in their previous careers that will benefit the crew as they perform their new duties. 

The crew’s mission statement clearly defines its purpose: “The Mark Twain Veteran Crew provides veterans of the US Armed Forces with the training and experience needed to obtain meaningful employment in the wildland fire service. 

“There is no group of individuals more motivated, diverse, reliable, independent, and capable of becoming the next generation of fire leaders than the American Veteran. 

Mark Twain Veteran Crew at Cannon Range prescribed burn: (L-r) Alexander Austin, Clay Gabelmann, Samuel Bowen, Jonathan Baker, Jordan Lloyd, Jessica Moon, Travis Parsons, Benjamin Holtby, Michael Miller, Christopher Knauf, and James O’Neal.

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