Operation: Starting Gun

EF5 Tornado
Moore, Oklahoma
GPS: 35°20′20″N 97°29′15″W

June 2013. I was deployed for the tail end of Operation: Starting Gun. The last two days were spent clearing the land of a veteran in Norman who had received no assistance from a previous tornado, and the Moore Tornado.


Team Rubicon Command Center
Moore, OK, June 7, 2013 — Team Rubicon, a volunteer group of veterans and first responders doing demolition of destroyed structures, has it’s command center in a nearby shopping mall parking lot. Volunteer organizations are providing many helpful services for May 20 tornado survivors. George Armstrong/FEMA
May 21 Tornado Flyover
Pictured is a flyover of tornado damage from the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla. Photo by Maj. Geoff Legler, Oklahoma National Guard Public Affairs.


Comparison between the preliminary tornado track (red), the 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado (green), and the 2003 Moore tornado (blue). National Weather Service Norman, Oklahoma.