SEN. TOOMEY LAUDS MEASURE TO PRESERVE NATION'S MILITARY HERITAGE IN FINAL DEFENSE LEGISLATION

 

 

Proposal Could Benefit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle

 

December 21, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today praised the Senate’s passage of the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310), including an amendment he sponsored requiring the Defense Department to study the possible development of a joint service military history storage and preservation facility.

The Naval History and Heritage Command is responsible for the preservation, analysis and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. Its library and archives are located in Washington, D.C., but a Navy report found that the collections are endangered due to poor facilities.

Sen. Toomey’s amendment requires DoD to study the feasibility of using excess capacity at military history entities across the DoD to address storage and preservation inadequacies of military history collections. For example, excess capacity at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle could be used to store and preserve a portion of the Navy’s historical collections.

“With its technological capabilities and knowledgeable staff, the Carlisle-based U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is ideally suited to help the Navy better preserve its documents and history,” Sen. Toomey said. “I thank my colleagues for supporting this bipartisan measure, and hope this legislation will allow us to preserve our precious military history collections and educate future generations about the sacrifices our service members and veterans have made to protect our freedoms.”