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To celebrate the Army’s 243rd Birthday, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s sixth annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on June 2, 2018 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 a swearing in ceremony of new Army volunteers and our guest speaker, General Frederick Franks, Jr., USA Retired. General Franks is the former commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and commanded the VII Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

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.  “We hope that for a large turnout since the 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 BAE Systems, M&T Bank, F&M Trust, and Gannett Fleming.

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 enhanced seating for the cafe.

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 Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, more than 1.5 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is sponsoring tours of the Normandy Battlefield and D-Day Beaches in 2018.  

The experiences of the Soldiers who fought in Normandy during the Summer of 1944, especially those who landed on the D-Day beaches, hold a special place for many.

On this tour, you will visit the significant beaches, the battle sites, and cemeteries You will be based in Bayeux and your schedule will give you time to explore this fascinating region. On the final day, you will return to Paris with time to explore “The City of Lights.” Your tour group will be small and led by an experience historian who knows the diverse Normandy landscape and the events.

For more information, please click here.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Foundation at info@armyheritage.org or (717) 258-1102.

A partnership between the Army Heritage Center Foundation and NW European Study Tours (https://nw-europe.com).

 

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation will host a screening of the documentary The Weight of Honor on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.  Lieutenant Colonel David and Mrs. Kim Rozelle will serve as moderators and lead a panel discussion immediately following this one hour documentary.

 

This free event is co-sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation and Carlisle Barracks Chapel and is open to the public and the media.

 

The Weight of Honor follows the lives of the caregivers of catastrophically wounded Veterans injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Filmed over five years, this documentary reveals the thoughts and struggles of the spouses, children, and parents now tasked with caring for once able-bodied and self-assured sons, daughters, wives, and husbands. 

 

The Weight of Honor is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of the caregivers and families of Veterans who have been catastrophically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film’s subjects are the spouses, parents, and children who give a rare glimpse into their lives, as everyone grapples with finding a ‘new normal’ after the devastating effects of war time injuries.

 

Stephanie Seldin Howard, the film’s director said, “For the last five years, I've been filming and crafting the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded veteran can have on caregivers, families, and relationships.  The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers and to ignite change.”  Film critic Hal Donahue said The Weight of Honor is “A brutally honest film of courage and loyalty above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

LTC Rozelle is the author of Back to Action: An American Soldier¹s Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude. In Back to Action, Rozelle tells the story of his deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where a land mine tore off his right foot, through months of agonizing rehabilitation to his final triumphant recertification as "Fit for Duty."

 

Also highlighting the panel will be Ryan and Nancy Kules. Ryan serves as the national Combat Stress Recovery Program Director for the Wounded Warrior Project. He is a multiple amputee and a retired Army Captain. They have three children. Nancy has been his caregiver, and their experiences have been shared and documented in the national media.

 

The panel will also include the documentary director, Stephanie Seldin Howard, and Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry and Mrs. Karlyn Sieg. The Siegs will share their challenges during Jerry’s post recovery from a brain tumor and then cancer. Chaplain Seig served with the Third Infantry Division during the initial assault on Bagdad.

About the Army Heritage Center Foundation

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 also focuses 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. Known as the Hall of the American Soldier, this expansion 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. 

For additional details about this program, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

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Reenactor Recruitment Day is back at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) for the 7th year running and will be bigger than ever before! Bring your family and friends to the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to experience military reenacting and living history up close and personal during Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. This free event is open to the public and is an annual favorite. This year, we have expanded the indoor display area to include even more reenactors from more eras! The event will feature dozens of different living history organizations and over four hundred reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history. 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 will feature hundreds of living historians representing militaries spanning from pike and swordsman to Civil War Cavalry. We will also feature adversary units, allied units, and highlight the doughboys from World War I. Each reenactor will be in period dress and have a table display, where they will be available to answer any questions, introduce 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!

The 7th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public, including children of all ages. Our exhibit galleries, including The Soldier Experience, and “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” will be open, as well as the Museum Store and Café Cumberland. Additionally, Café Cumberland will feature tasty lunch specials for this event. For more information, including directions and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.

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If the highest ranks of the U.S. Military and diplomatic corps had listened to, and took stock in, Major General Edward Lansdale, the outcome of the Vietnam War may have been quite different. As a young officer after the carnage of World War II, Major Edward Lansdale started his epic, and sometimes ignominious, career working with the Philippine Army to rebuild their intelligence services, learning the complicated ins-and-outs of psychological operations. His experience in the Philippines, combined with his fast-track rise through the ranks of the U.S. Air Force, led to his participation in every facet of the diplomatic, military, and civil aspects of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will host New York Times best-selling author Max Boot to discuss his recent biography, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. The presentation will explore how Lansdale used his experience in the Philippines to spearhead a “hearts and minds” approach to diplomacy in Vietnam.

Mr. Boot’s lecture and book utilize numerous new sources never before used by authors writing about the Vietnam War. He conducted and uncovered dozens of interviews, gained access to previously unknown documents, and even found long-lost love letters to bring together a new look at the dramatic rise and fall of Major General Edward Lansdale. The story casts a new light on the traditional tale of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Mr. Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. A military historian and foreign policy analyst, he has been called one of “the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Mr. Boot is a New York Times best-selling author, a contributing editor to numerous respected publications, and is extremely influential in the foreign policy decision making at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Mr. Boot holds a master’s degree in history from Yale University (1992) and a bachelor’s degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991).

DATE: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the talk begins at 7:15 PM. The question period concludes around 8:30 PM. PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Rooms

For more information and any last-minute changes in meeting times/places, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: 717-245-3972.

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