Fort Donelson Says Farewell to Two Long Time Employees
On December 29th, Fort Donelson National Battlefield will lose two long-time and vital members of its employee family with the retirement of park Historian Jimmy Jobe, and park Administrative Officer Debbie Wood.
Jobe, a noted historian and presenter concerning the campaign of Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, began his career with the National Park Service at Fort Donelson in April of 1970 as a Student Aid.During his tenure, Jobe has served in the positions of Park Aid, Park Technician, both Interpretive and Law Enforcement Ranger, and, as he is most well regarded, as park Historian.Jobe will retire with 41 years of dedicated service to Fort Donelson National Battlefield and the National Park Service.
Debbie Wood began her career as a Student Aid with the Department of Transportation in Macon, Georgia; later serving as a Clerk/Typist for the Department of Defense in Germany.She entered the National Park System as a Personnel Clerk for Everglades National Park (Florida) in 1978; later serving notably in other federal administrative positions, including, as an Administrative Technician at Fort Caroline National Memorial (Florida), a Secretary for the Department of Agriculture (Georgia), and Administrative Officer for Ocmulgee National Monument (Georgia).In 2004, Wood was promoted to be the Administrative Officer at Fort Donelson National Battlefield.She is retiring with 36 years of dedicated service to the federal government.
According to Fort Donelson National Battlefield Superintendent Brian McCutchen, "All of us at Fort Donelson are saddened to see such two important and respected members of the park family leave.Each greatly deserves their retirement after so many years of dedicated service, but each will surely be missed by their colleagues and those in the community that they work with."
Anyone wishing to send letters or emails to wish Wood or Jobe well may do so by sending correspondence to:Fort Donelson National Battlefield, PO Box 434, Dover, TN37058.
Debbie Wood, Administrative Officer, Fort Donelson National Battlefield
James "Jimmy" Jobe, Historian, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, with NPS Historian Emeritus Edwin Bearss
Did You Know?
The embrasures at Fort Donelson were constructed of sand bags lined with rawhide. The rawhide was wet down to prevent the bags from catching fire during an engagement.