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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

 

 Purchase Tickets Now

 

 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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