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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

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 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 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


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

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