REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Local media from television, newspaper and radio visited Redstone on Friday for a briefing and tour on behalf of the various public affairs offices.

The event was inspired by the recovery efforts of the April 27 tornadoes when the media reported the status of the Arsenal to the community. The public affairs offices wanted the media to have a firsthand opportunity to see what goes on behind the gates to help give them a better understanding of the multiple commands and how they work together.

“Working in TV you hear about these things and write about them but it becomes a whole different ballgame to see them up close,” WHNT-19 assignment manager Tiffany Golden said.

The day started with a lunch and welcome by senior commander Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers followed by a briefing and Q&As;by Garrison commander Col. John Hamilton. The media representatives were then taken on a windshield tour of the Arsenal where they made stops at a Javelin missile firing, the FBI Hazardous Devices School and NASA.

“You don’t really know what goes on behind the gates or how huge the Arsenal actually is until you see it up close,” Bonny O’Brien, radio personality of Lite 96.9, said. “The tour was great.”