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In December 2018, the Nation finally recognized the contributions of our Chinese-American Veterans of World War II. Congress passed and the President signed the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act honoring the approximately 20,000 Chinese-Americans, or about 22% of their adult male population, that willingly served during the war.  Of those, over 90% served in the Army. The Army Heritage Center Foundation will honor and recognize their service at its 12th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 2, 2019.  Come honor their service as Harry Jung, a WWII Infantryman and a representative of the Chinese-American Soldiers of WWII, receives the Foundation’s Living Legend Award.

Honorees

  • Living Legend Award: Chinese-American World War II Veterans, represented by Mr. Harry Jung, Sergeant, 414th Infantry Regiment
  • Boots on the Ground Award: American Overseas Memorial Day Association

The Foundation has also selected the American Overseas Memorial Day Association to receive the Boots on the Ground Award.  Since 1920, the Association has ensured that those who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, and are buried in our overseas cemeteries, are honored on special occasions and most importantly on Memorial Day.  Each year, the Association facilitates and supports ceremonies honoring the memory of those who gave their lives in World War I and II.

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present, and those who support Soldiers, the Army Heritage Center Foundation, and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2012, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating in the former cafeteria area.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 2 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

 

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Perspectives in Military History General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Memorial Lecture

The British Are Coming: The Revolution Trilogy, Part I

Mr. Rick Atkinson Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Bestselling Author

In mid-January 1777, Lord Cornwallis of the invincible British Army retreated from the New Jersey countryside after two years of epic struggle against up-start American rebels. From the bloodshed on Lexington Common to the defeats at Trenton and Princeton, the American Revolution raged throughout the new United States.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:15PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will welcome Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winner Mr. Rick Atkinson to present the General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley Memorial Lecture. He will discuss the first book in his upcoming Revolution Trilogy, entitled The British Are Coming. Atkinson combines personal stories, with the savage narrative of the first twenty-one brutal months of the Revolutionary War to give a new perspective on the fight for independence. In his new book, Atkinson describes the events and personal stories of the men and women fighting for control of the North American continent. He combines in-depth research on the politics of British sovereignty from the British Royal Archives, with the hard-scrabble personal accounts of American fighters, from the lowest private to the most powerful generals. This first installment of a new trilogy on the American Revolution covers the causes of the war from the initial fighting at Lexington and Concord, General George Washington’s defeats near Boston and New York City, the triumph and tragedy of the campaigns in Canada, and concludes with Washington’s victories at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.

Mr. Atkinson received his Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and worked as an editor and correspondent for the Washington Post for twenty-five years. Atkinson earned the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2003 for An Army at Dawn, his first book in The Liberation Trilogy. He followed with two New York Times Best Sellers, The Day of Battle and The Guns at Last Light. Atkinson received the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for National Reporting, and has published numerous award-winning books spanning topics such as West Point and the war in Iraq.

DATE: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes in event meeting times and places, please check www.USAHEC.org, our Facebook Page, or call the Information Desk at 717-245-3972.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation and Humana MarketPOINT are partnering on September 19 to provide veterans from our community the opportunity to share their stories with middle school students.  The “Walk with a Vet” program, now in its third year, gives the students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the veterans’ contributions in an informal, non-classroom setting. 

The Walk with a Vet program, made possible by a $5,000 sponsorship from Humana, also provides an opportunity for local middle school students to view the exhibits at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The veterans and students will tour the Center in small groups and get to know each other over the course of the day.  This format encourages interaction between the groups and teaches students about the various aspects of the veterans’ service to the nation and the importance of preserving the veterans’ stories.   

The event will also mark National POW/MIA Day and will conclude with a brief program and ceremony to mark this special day of remembrance.  Mr. Bill Dangro, a veteran of the Korean War who spent nearly 3 years as a prisoner of North Korea, will speak to the students about his experiences.

“Humana has a tremendous commitment to veterans and students,” says Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks. “This program was their idea.  They approached the Foundation looking for a way to bring students and veterans together, and this program is the result.  We are thrilled to have a community partner like Humana.”

Veterans interested in participating, or anyone seeking information, should contact Jeff Hawks at the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or eddirector@armyheritage.org.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Carlisle, PA.  The Foundation is the “friends group” for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring the American Soldier. 

Humana MarketPOINT is one of the largest private insurance companies that provide, along with other products, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.  Humana works to improve healthcare and make it more accessible to members to make a positive impact on the communities Humana serves.

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On June 25, the Army Heritage Center Foundation and Starbucks hosted 18 Veterans and their escorts on an Honor Bus that traveled from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle to Arlington National Cemetery.

The trip, funded by the Starbucks Foundation and organized by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, brought local veterans together with volunteers from Starbucks locations in the mid-state to travel to Arlington to pay their respects to our nation’s honored dead.  Along the way, veterans and escorts got to know each other and share stories of service and sacrifice.

Starbucks employees volunteered their time to serve as escorts to provide assistance and companionship for the veterans and to experience the Cemetery with some of the men and women from their own community who served. 

 

Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star Awardee David Calhoun with two members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  (Photo Courtesy of Army Heritage Center Foundation)


 

Vietnam Veteran Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Phyllis Cogan with her escort, Starbucks Barista Amin Sou

 

 

Korean War Veteran Harold Showalter sitting on the Korean War Memorial contemplative bench.  June 25 marked the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

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Between 1944 and 1945, Sergeant Frederick Counsel served his country with a brush rather than a rifle. One of his beautiful watercolors showcases a woman napping in vibrant green grass, as a G.I. in uniform fishes next to her in a bright blue stream. Another painting illustrates a sea of green uniforms marching through stunning colorful landscapes.

 

Fast forward to 1950, and the scenes are much drearier. The Korean War is depicted through black and white photographs of Soldiers bundled up from head to toe on a frozen tundra. Photo after photo shows the bleak, everyday life of combat among heavy equipment, firepower, and lots of snow.

 

Visitors can compare and contrast the two conflicts on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Noon, with a double exhibit opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new art exhibit The Making of an American Army: The WWII Artwork of Frederick Counsel, and another brand new exhibit “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the Land of Sorrow.

 

The Making of an American Army is a G.I. view of Army life, as depicted in thirty original paintings by Sergeant Fred Counsel, Soldier-artist. Through watercolors, Counsel traced his career around several Army Air Force Training Centers during World War II. Familiar scenes of Mess Halls and Barracks, along with fellow Soldiers, served as his subjects.  All of the works are rendered in a free-flowing style with controlled, expressive colors. His work tells the story of when all America stood together, trained together, and served the country.

 

Five years after the end of World War II, on June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army attacked south across the three year-old Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the Land of Sorrow, showcases a variety of U.S. Army Soldiers, who served in each of the phases of the Korean War. Using original artifacts and archival materials from the collection, as well as unique immersive vignettes, the exhibit highlights the ground-level realities of one of America’s “forgotten wars.”

 

 

Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors will have a chance to view the new exhibits and talk to the curators and exhibit teams who made it all possible. As always, USAHEC admission and parking are free and handicapped accessible. For more information, please visit www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. 

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Operation Overlord (D-Day) is known as a pivotal offensive of World War II. During this year’s Army Heritage Days event, on May 18 and 19, 2019, from 9am to 5pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will commemorate D-Day’s 75th anniversary year with several themed events and lectures.

Our first lecture of the weekend takes place on Saturday, May 18th at noon and transports visitors to June 1944 with, “D-Day Journal: The Untold Story of a U.S. Ranger on Omaha Beach." By using his father’s journal, Mr. John V.O. Kennard will present D-Day from the view of 22-year-old, Lieutenant Frank L. Kennard. The lecture follows the first person perspective from the 2nd Ranger Battalion and also features data from oral histories of four other men. Despite losing most of his equipment, and half his men, Lt. Kennard and the remaining Soldiers made their objective at Pointe du Hoc and achieved their mission to take out the big German guns overlooking the Normandy beaches on that famous day.

Author John Kennard was a commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor Corps. He served in Germany until he was promoted to Captain and deployed to Vietnam in 1970. His own military experience enhances his ability to re-tell his father’s story using Lt. Kennard’s personal letters and journal which recounts his experience not just on the day of the battle, but the training before and the thoughts after.

The second lecture, presented by Mr. Martin K.A. Morgan on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00PM, “The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion,” takes attendees back in time using some of the most compelling and dramatic photographs captured during first day and week of France’s liberation. “From Omaha Beach to Utah, from Sainte-Mère-Église to Pointe du Hoc, The Americans on D-Day is a striking visual record of the epic air, sea, and land battle that was the Normandy invasion.” Mr. Martin is a renowned museum professional and author who has appeared on the Smithsonian Channel, The Military Channel, National Geographic Channel, and the list goes on. With his experience and credentials he tells an enthralling story using the imagery of WWII.

Visitors can further immerse themselves in WWII history as it comes to life with a D-Day Airborne Soldier program followed by a WWII Aircraft flyover on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30AM and 2:00PM. There will also be an increase of WWII re-enactors outfitted in period gear, giving visitors an idea of the weapons and materials a Soldier would have carried during the war and the vehicles they would have used.

As always, Army Heritage Days will cover more than World War II, and will include portrayals from the Colonial Era to U.S. Army Current Operations by re-enactors stationed along the Army Heritage Trail. For a full schedule and more information, please visit www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. Make sure to follow #CountdowntoAHD on our social media pages as more events are announced.

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To celebrate the Army’s 244th Birthday, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s seventh annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on June 1, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers, Veterans, and their families.

The highlight of this year’s event includes our guest speaker, Major General John Kem, Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. He previously served as the first Provost of the Army University, Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College, and Commanding General, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations have celebrated the Army’s birthday.  However, celebrations in Central Pennsylvania have been modest.  “The development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provides us a perfect venue to celebrate the Army birthday“ said MG Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation Board of Directors.  “We hope that for a large turnout since the U.S. Army War College is still in session, and the presence of a large local retiree population and many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Army Reserves.  We also hope for a good turnout from our local communities for this event which highlights the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Event Sponsors include Verizon, United Concordia, Highmark, Listrak, UPMC Pinnacle, and VFW Post 477.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to RSVP, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

  

About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

 

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 now known as the Hall of the American Soldier, which added a new gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and an enhanced seating area.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, almost 2 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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The Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War” is being remembered at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) with a new special exhibit.  On Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2019, and in anticipation of the 70th commemoration of the start of the Korean War in June 2020, the Center will open a new exhibit - “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the land of Sorrow.

Jack Leighow, the Director of the Army Heritage Museum at USAHEC explains why this exhibit was needed.  “The Korean War is often overshadowed by the sheer magnitude of World War II and by the media coverage and social upheaval associated with the Vietnam War.  This exhibit seeks to illuminate this conflict and once again demonstrate the adaptability, toughness, and dedication of the Soldiers of the United States Army through the eyes of the Soldiers themselves".

This was and still is a difficult war for many Americans to understand.  Korea, far away and a minor theater during WWII, was unknown to many in the country.  However, when North Korean communist forces crossed the demarcation line between the two Koreas in June 1950, our Nation was pulled into a conflict that today still lacks a final signed peace treaty and remains an international concern.  More than 1.8 million U.S. Service Members served in the theater of war from 1950 to July 1953 and more than 36,000 died.  Another 103,000 were wounded.  United Nation participants from 15 other nations suffered more than 3,000 killed and almost 12,000 wounded.  Korean, North and South, and Chinese military casualties exceeded 1.2 million and civilian casualties exceeded 1.6 million. Seventy years later, the war still has lasting and dividing effects regionally and internationally.

Two years in planning, the exhibit attempts to promote a better understanding of the war through graphic presentation of the war’s phases and through the stories of the Soldiers who fought and those that supported Soldiers on the front lines.  In total, more than 12 Soldiers’ personal stories are highlighted in the exhibit.

They include Corporal Jack Zimmermann, a Holocaust survivor, who as a boy, served as a runner with the Polish Resistance.  Emigrating from Poland to the U.S. after World War II, Zimmermann enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949.  His armor unit, the 6th Battalion, reached Pusan on July 30, 1950 and joined the 24th Infantry Division.  After the Inchon landing, his unit advances to the Yalu and subsequently retreats after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army intervened. 

Another is Captain Anna Mae McCabe Hays who served as a nurse in the 4th Field Hospital.  In the year after the September 1950 Inchon landing, she and the members of her unit cared for more than 25,000 patients in a small 400-bed hospital, with only thirty-one nurses, several doctors, and support personnel.  After the war, she would serve as the personal nurse of President Eisenhower when he was recovering from his heart attack, and in 1970, she became the first female to attain the rank of general officer in the Army.

The exhibit also highlights often overlooked aspects of the war and particular units – the Eighth Army’s partisan forces.  These forces and their mission in the Korean War remained unnoticed for almost 40 years and were only made public in 1990.  A forerunner to today’s Special Operations units, our partisan elements operated clandestinely in territory held by North Korean and Chinese Communist Forces.  Composite units of U.S. and Korean Soldiers, these partisan forces conducted both land and amphibious operations that sought to disrupt enemy operations, damage and destroy infrastructure, and report on troop movements and preparations.  

In addition to showcasing the stories of individual Soldiers, the exhibit highlights the war graphically and through photographic images.  Included are maps that highlight decisive phases of the war and a photo of Chaplain Burgess Riddle of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, as he is holding his unit’s Thanksgiving service along the Yalu River in 1950, while his assistant plays a field pump organ.   On the other end of the spectrum, several display panels showcase the transportation and distribution of beer to the troops from the United States to Soldiers in the field. 

The tools of the Soldiers, both allied and enemy, are also on display.  The U.S. Soldier’s clothing, accouterments, and weapons, - to include the M1 Garand, the 75 mm, and the M3 Grease Gun - are contained in the exhibit.  So too are those of the Chinese and North Korean Soldiers.  A North Korean Flag, a Soviet revolver, and a Japanese light machine gun are displayed.  Several unique items are also presented.  These include a portable pump organ used by chaplains in the field, the shoulder patch of the United Nations Partisan Forces Korea, and a bugle used by the Chinese Volunteers to coordinate troop movements during an attack.

The exhibit will continue to be on display, in the Soldier Experience Gallery beginning May 18, 2019.  The staff of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center hopes that you come to visit this often overlooked conflict. The Center also has other exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery and the Army Heritage Trail, a mile long outdoor interactive trail with historical macro exhibits from the French and Indian War through Current Operations. Additional exhibits currently focus on World War I, World War II artwork, and Reserve Forces. The Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers free admission and parking. To learn more about USAHEC and all that it has to offer, please go to ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

 

Author:  Mike Perry, Army Heritage Center Foundation

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is excited to announce this year’s theme for our 2019 Army Heritage Days program, “Remembering D-Day,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous campaigns of WWII. USAHEC is highlighting the anniversary with two D-Day focused lectures, displays, WWII aircraft flyover, and special programs throughout the two day event, as well as an increase in equipment and reenactors on the Army Heritage Trail. As always, Army Heritage Days, will encompass the history of the Army and the development of the American Soldier from pre-French and Indian War to current operations. Events will run both May 18th and 19th, 2019 from 9am to 5pm each day.

New to Army Heritage Days this year will be a WWII aircraft flyover scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. See and hear the C-47 transport which dropped paratroopers and supplies on the French countryside and towed gliders into the sky above Normandy. Also featured will be the workhorse fighter of WWII, the P51 Mustang. Of course, we will be bringing back old favorites such as the Veterans Meet and Greet, lectures by notable historians, the kid’s passport program, and informational programs by the reenactors on the Army Heritage Trail. As always, the event will also feature a used book sale in the Museum Store.

Event admission and parking are free and open to the public. USAHEC will release more information as the schedule is confirmed. For the most up to date information, please follow #CountdowntoAHD on USAHEC’s social media pages or visit www.usahec.org. For further questions, please contact 717-245-3972.

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Carlisle’s Walmart is teaming up with the Army Heritage Center Foundation to honor and thank local veterans through a $1,000 grant to the Foundation’s Veterans’ Cafe program.

 

The Veterans’ Cafe provides free veteran breakfasts and other events throughout the region.  Veterans of all eras and services are invited to attend, along with their friends and family.

 

“These events bring veterans together to share their stories of service,” says Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “The Foundation manages the Veterans’ Cafe, but the program is possible because of community partners like Walmart.”  Other sponsors for the Veterans’ Cafe include Hoffman Funeral Home, Humana, Inc., and United Concordia.

 

Hawks describes the veterans who have shared their stories: “We’ve had D-Day veterans, Vietnam veterans, and veterans who never left the States and didn’t think they had a story to tell until they started telling it.  Every veteran did his or her part; every veteran has a story to tell.”

 

Veterans’ Cafe events include Pinning Ceremonies for Vietnam era veterans.  As part of the Department of Defense’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War, the Foundation distributes official commemorative pins.  “Many of the men and women who served during the Vietnam era never got the thanks they deserved,” says Hawks, “I am honored to have the privilege of presenting them with this small token of appreciation from a grateful nation.”

 

The next Veterans’ Cafe event will take place on February 22 at Frederick House in Carlisle.  The event will mark the anniversary of Operation Desert Storm with a presentation by COL (Ret.) Frank Hancock, followed by a Vietnam Veteran pinning ceremony.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or email eddirector@armyheritage.org.

 

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is the non-profit friends group for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle. 

 

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There is an old saying, “Don’t change something if it works…,” so Reenactor Recruitment Day is back at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) for the 8th year running with hundreds of opportunities for visitors to interact with history! Experience military reenacting and living history up close and personal on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in USAHEC's Visitor and Education Center. This free event is open to the public and is an annual favorite. The event will feature dozens of different living history organizations including over three hundred reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history. At 11:30 AM, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will sponsor a special lecture from military fiction author Chris Formant as he speaks about his new book, Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn. Reenactor Recruitment Day is not only a great outing for kids and history aficionados alike, it also serves as an opportunity for reenactors to meet with members of other living history organizations and to discuss living history with professional historians.

Reenactor Recruitment Day features hundreds of living historians representing Soldiers and other service members from pikemen and swordsmen of the 16th century, to Civil War cavalry, to Desert Storm medics. The event will also include adversary units, allied units, and American forces from every era. Reenactors will be in period dress and have table displays where they will be available to answer any questions, talk about their equipment and materials, discuss their upcoming activities, and highlight the importance of reenacting as a way to keep history alive. Come to the USAHEC to experience history, live!

At 11:30AM, on February 9, 2019, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will present a lecture and discussion from historical fiction author Chris Formant. Mr. Formant’s latest novel, Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn, has been labeled as a #1 new release for biographical fiction by Amazon.com and follows the story of two young Soldiers who enlist to fight the British threat to their homes and families. Mr. Formant is a former top executive of a multi-billion dollar technology company who now turns extensive research into easily accessible historical fiction.

The 8th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public, including children of all ages. Our exhibit galleries, including The Soldier Experience, “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” and “A Call to Arms: The Story of the U.S. Army Reserves,” will be open, as will the Museum Store and an extended book sale. For more information, including directions and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at www.USAHEC.org. For questions, please call 717-245-3972.

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Strategic and Organizational Issues of the Early American Revolutionary War

By LTC Derek W. Beck, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army War College

 

The early days of the American Revolution were wrought with bloodshed and a confusing mixture of political doubt and military uncertainty. The powder keg of rebellion wreaked havoc on the ability of political and military leaders of the young revolution to concentrate on the strategic and operational imperatives of creating a successful break from their mother country. On Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:15 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA will host author LTC Derek Beck as he speaks about his two books, Igniting the American Revolution:1773-1775 and The War Before Independence: 1775-1776. LTC Beck will look at the first years of the American Revolution from a strategic perspective, with special emphasis on organizing and equipping the young Continental Army amidst the tribulations American political and military leaders faced.

LTC Derek Beck’s first book, Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775, covers the period from the Boston Tea Party to the first running battle which began at Lexington and Concord in April 1775. His second book, which is a sequel to the first and entitled The War Before Independence: 1775-1776, resumes the story with the Battle of Bunker Hill through to Washington’s battle to retake Boston. In this talk, LTC Beck will summarize the timeline of events while highlighting some of the strategic issues faced by military commanders on both sides of the fight. He will also discuss the organizational and logistical issues the new Continental Army faced.

LTC Derek W. Beck is a historian, filmmaker, and an officer in the US Air Force Reserve. He is a current US Army War College resident student. His recent assignments include serving as a senior operations officer at the Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, California, and most recently at the Air Force Central Command Headquarters, Shaw AFB, South Carolina, where he supported operations in the Middle East. Derek’s two books are on the American Revolution: Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 (Sourcebooks, 2015) and its sequel The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 (Sourcebooks, 2016). LTC Beck holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

DATE: Thursday, February 7, 2019

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes in lecture meeting times and places,

please check www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk at 717-245-3972.

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An Evening With General David Petraeus, USA Retired

 December 13, 2018

West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, PA

Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Program at 7:00 p.m.

Reservations required  by November 28, 2018

  • Tickets: $125 per person

 

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 To purchase tickets by mail, please send payment with attendees names (and dietary restrictions if applicable) to:

 

Army Heritage Center Foundation

P.O. Box 839, Carlisle, PA 17013

 

For more information, please contact Amanda Neal

Phone: (717) 258-1102 or

Email: ahcfadmin@armyheritage.org

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation conducted its 11th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 3rd at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  With two hundred of its friends and supporters present, the Foundation recognized the service CWO4 Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1SG Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired.

Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1st Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired, received the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for their contributions as Soldiers throughout their careers but with a focus on their service during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.  

Mike Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent.  During Gothic Serpent in October 1993, he was briefly held prisoner after the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down. While his capture and recovery are events that brought him to the public’s attention, his service as a medivac pilot in Korea and his more than 15 years’ service with SOAR is in keeping with the motto of his unit – Night Stalkers Never Quit.

Matt Eversmann led a Ranger unit (Chalk Four) in the eighteen hour Battle of Mogadishu for which he received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device. Before he retired from active military duty in 2008 after 20 years of service, Eversmann served an additional 7 years with the Ranger Regiment from 2006 to 2007 and served as a First Sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division that deployed for eighteen months in Iraq. He taught at the U.S. Army War College and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Battle of Mogadishu.   

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation awarded the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) with the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  MG Clayton Hutmacher, President of the SWOF accepted the award.

SOWF supports Special Operations personnel from all U.S. military branches by providing full financial assistance for college education, counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their lives in the line-of-duty.  Since its inception almost 40 years ago, SOWF has provided college tuition for almost 1,300 children of Special Operations personnel and assisted 1,100 wounded personnel.

Finally, LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired received the MG John Armstrong Award.  Named for MG John Armstrong (1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. For the past three decades, Colonel Andresen has been an ardent supporter of USAHEC’s archives and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center through the preservation and accessibility of Army technical manuals and regulations. After 28 years of active duty, Colonel Andresen volunteered at USAHEC full time for 25 years. 

 

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Twenty-five years ago, two Army Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. Soldiers died during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. On October 15, beginning at 7:15 p.m., an advanced premiere of U.S. release of the documentary Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story of the Battle of Mogadishu will be shown at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the heroic actions of the Soldiers from Task Force 2-14 (10th Mountain Division). These Soldiers, who were deployed to Somalia to support United Nations humanitarian operations, demonstrated extraordinary courage, skill, and discipline as they fought their way through the streets of Mogadishu, and into a “baited ambush” to rescue the 99 men from Task Force Ranger—special operations troops who were surrounded by more than 1,000 well-armed hostile forces.

This film describes the role that Task Force 2-14 played in the rescue of the 99 Rangers and Delta operators.  Task Force 2-14 was comprised of 341 Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division, 16 Rangers, and 8 Delta operators — not how it was portrayed in the film and in several books. This new interpretation of the 18 hour battle is why the documentary is called “the untold story.”

However, the documentary tries to add another interpretation to this complex story. All U. S. forces who fought on and above the streets of Mogadishu on 3-4 October 1993 were heroes. 

After 25 years, the soldiers from 10th Mountain Division deserve to have their story told.

This documentary film is based on numerous written accounts from participants, command post logs, official after-action reports, and interviews with more than 30 soldiers involved in the battle, including:

         all senior commanders, many NCOs, and enlisted men from TF 2-14

         senior Delta operator in the battle

         liaison officer between TF Ranger to TF 2-14

         commander of the special operations helicopters

         10th Mountain Division Assistant Commander

 

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe. 

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.6 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

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Over four-hundred middle-school students will team up with local Veterans while touring the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle on Friday, September 21.  The students will spend the day at the Center with the Veterans exploring the mile-long Army Heritage Trail learning about the history of our nation and the men and women who served in the military in times of war and adversity.

“There’s no better way to learn about history than from the people who lived through it,” says Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks. “The exhibits at USAHEC provide the perfect backdrop for Veterans to share their stories of service and sacrifice.”

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is hosting the program with the tremendous support of our sponsors.  Humana is the premier sponsor for the event.  “Humana approached us about doing something for Veterans and local youths,” Hawks says.  “This event grew out of that conversation.”  Hawks notes that Starbucks, Giant, and Filson Water are also sponsoring the event, providing food and beverages for the veterans.

The event will also mark National POW/MIA Day and will feature Mr. Bill Dangro, a Korean War veteran and former POW.  Mr. Dangro was captured in December of 1950 and held for 33 months before his release at the end of the war.

Veterans of all eras and services are invited to participate.   For more information or to sign up, contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs.  

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.6 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

 

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Twenty-five years ago two Army Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. Soldiers died during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. The Army Heritage Center Foundation wants to honor and recognize those who fought during that battle at its 11th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 3, 2018.  The dinner, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, will also recognize those that support our Nation’s Soldiers and those that support the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

 

Honorees

  • Living Legend Award: CWO4 Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1SG Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Special Operations Warrior Foundation
  • MG John Armstrong Award: LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired

 

Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1st Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired will receive the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for their contributions as Soldiers during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.  Their individual achievements deserve recognition and serve as an inspiration for others.

 

Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent, in which he was briefly held prisoner in 1993 after a raid in Somalia in which the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal. He is also the author of In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers.

 

Eversmann led a Ranger unit (Chalk Four) with little combat experience in the eighteen hour Battle of Mogadishu for which he received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device. Before he retired from active military duty in 2008 after 20 years of service, Eversmann served eighteen months in Iraq where he led an elite Army Ranger force. He taught at the U.S. Army War College and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Battle of Mogadishu.

 

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation has selected Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) to receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  SOWF supports Special Operations personnel from all U.S. military branches by providing full financial assistance for college education, counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their lives in the line-of-duty and also provides immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized Special Operations personnel and their families.  Since its inception almost 40 years ago, SOWF has provided college tuition for almost 1,300 children of Special Operations personnel and assisted 1,100 wounded personnel.

 

LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired will also receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  Named for MG John Armstrong (1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. For the past three decades, Colonel Andresen has been an ardent supporter of USAHEC’s archives and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center through the preservation and accessibility of Army tech manuals and regulations. After 28 years of active duty, Colonel Andresen volunteered at USAHEC full time for 25 years.

 

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present and those who support Soldiers, and to thank those who support the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   

 

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

 

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation has been approved as a participant charity in the Combined Federal Campaign for the sixth continuous year.  The Combined Federal Campaign is the workplace charity campaign for current and retired federal employees and military service members.  The campaign solicits contributions, through payroll deductions, for charities which have been reviewed and approved by the CFC, based on the charities’ work.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation can be found in the CFC listings under Military Support Groups of America.  Its code is #44284.

 

The Foundation supports the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), a component of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.   USAHEC is dedicated to “Telling the Army Story…One Soldier at a Time.”®  The Army Heritage Center Foundation builds the public components of USAHEC, enhances its programs and collections, and promotes the visitation to the venue.

 

Individuals who are not current or retired federal employees and are interested in learning more about the Foundation should call (717) 258-1102.

 

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Join us on December 13, 2018 for 

An Evening with General David Petraeus, USA Retired

at the West Shore Country Club, 

Camp Hill, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

For additional information about this event, to receive a formal invitation, or to purchase tickets, please contact Amanda Neal at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org

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Perspectives in Military History Lecture

at USAHEC

Three Battalions in May

Army Combat Operations during the Communist "Mini-Tet" Offensive

Dr. Erik Villard

U.S. Army Center of Military History

 

On January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese and their allies launched one of the largest, and most deadly, campaigns of the Vietnam War. With attacks across fronts spanning from the North/South Vietnam Boarder to Saigon, the country-wide campaign that became known as the Tet Offensive initially shocked the U.S Army. Less well known is the “Mini Tet” offensive in May of 1968 in which American and Allied counterattacks knocked the North Vietnamese off balance. On September 19th, 2018, at 7:15 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will host Dr. Erik Villard of the Center of Military History. Dr. Villard will give a talk entitled “Three Battalions in May: Army Combat Operations during the Communist ‘Mini-Tet’ Offensive.” The lecture will focus on additional research he completed based off his work for the book, Combat Operations: Staying the Course, October 1967-September 1968.

 

Dr. Villard will explore the May Offensive through the experience of three units: the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Khe Sanh and Dong Ha; the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry; 196th Infantry Brigade at Kham Duc; and the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry (Mechanized) at An Bao. Their actions led to the success of allied counteroffensives following Tet, forcing the Communists to change and scale back their plans for the May Offensive in I Corps and northern II Corps. Dr. Villard incorporated numerous interviews he conducted with Veterans from all three units, as well as the leadership of their higher headquarters, into his books and presentation.

 

Dr. Erik B. Villard graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with degrees in history and English literature, later earning a master’s degree and Ph. D in history from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has worked for the U.S. Army Center of Military History since 2000 and has devoted his personal time to helping Vietnam War Veterans through history-oriented social media groups. Over the last few years, he has become involved in digital humanities, applying graphic design software, 3D modeling programs, geospatial information systems, and audio-video production to the field of military history. He is also the author of several books and articles about the Vietnam War, including Staying the Course: October 1967 to September 1968, and The 1968 Tet Offensive Battles of Quang Tri City and Hue.

 

DATE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: 717-245-3972.

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