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The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the Foundation will host its 8th Recognition Dinner and Silent Auction at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 7, 2015.  CPL Timothy Donley, USMC Ret., lead singer of MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, will sing the National Anthem and, in honor of our awardees, sing several patriotic songs.

 Tim Donley

Tim Donley enlisted in the Marine Corps in February of 2011.  Deployed to Afghanistan, he lost both legs     to an IED only 2 days after the one year anniversary of his enlistment. While recovering at the Walter Reed   National Military Medical Center, he learned about MusiCorps, a music rehabilitation program for Service       Members with PTSD and TBI.  The program helps wounded Service Members heal, both mentally and           emotionally, by learning or relearning how to play musical instruments. MusiCorps is a pioneer program in     adaptive music, and Donley serves as the lead singer of its wounded warrior band. Donley and the band       have performed with musical stars such as Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville, and Yo-Yo Ma and at   the Grand Ole Opry, the Colbert Report, and CNN.

  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 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.®”  This year’s honorees are         Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel Walter J. Marm, Jr., USA Retired and 2015 Military Child of the Year         (Army), Cavan McIntyre-Brewer.

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 or 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—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 the Center. 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 its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010, with the construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center, a key component of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus. Opened to the public on May 20, 2011, the Visitor and Education Center is the focal point for the campus, containing the first large exhibit gallery and hosting educational activities.

The Foundation is now seeking grants and donations for its Build on Success Campaign to construct Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates National History Day in Pennsylvania, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits, and is a state approved continuing education provider. 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 educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers. The Center's mission is to educate a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by acquiring, preserving, and making available historical records, materials, and artifacts. A unique Army and public asset, USAHEC is the Army’s only historical organization chartered to acquire and preserve the personal history of our Soldiers through their photos, letters, diaries, and artifacts. USAHEC staff then makes these resources available to the public through accessible archives, engaging education programs, and world-class interpretive displays. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the honorees that the Foundation will recognize at its 8th Recognition Dinner and Silent Auction at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 7, 2015.

Awardees

  • Living Legend Award: Colonel Walter J. Marm, Jr., USA Retired
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Mr. Cavan McIntyre-Brewer

Background

Retired Colonel Walter Marm is a native of the Pittsburgh area and served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He will receive the Living Legend Award for his unwavering service to our Nation and its Army. He joined the Army in 1964 and deployed to Vietnam as a Platoon leader in the 7th Cavalry in September 1965. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Ia Drang in November of 1965. After recovering from wounds sustained during the battle, he requested to return to Vietnam and served a second tour in 1969. The story of the battle and his unit’s actions in it were portrayed in the book and movie We Were Soldiers.

Mr. Cavan McIntyre-Brewer will receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  This award recognizes individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families. Recently named the Military Child of the Year for the Army, Cavan personifies all children whose parents have been deployed over the past 14 years as part of coalition forces into Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the founder of Socks for Vets which collects and distributes items to veterans in need and wounded warriors and assists his younger sister with a similar program that collects and distributes compression pillows to pediatric heart patients.  He also trains animals to carry packing equipment for wounded veterans who hike.

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.®”

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 or 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—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 the Center. 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 its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010, with the construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center, a key component of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus. Opened to the public on May 20, 2011, the Visitor and Education Center is the focal point for the campus, containing the first large exhibit gallery and hosting educational activities.

The Foundation is now seeking grants and donations for its Build on Success Campaign to construct Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates National History Day in Pennsylvania, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits, and is a state approved continuing education provider. 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 educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers. The Center's mission is to educate a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by acquiring, preserving, and making available historical records, materials, and artifacts. A unique Army and public asset, USAHEC is the Army’s only historical organization chartered to acquire and preserve the personal history of our Soldiers through their photos, letters, diaries, and artifacts. USAHEC staff then makes these resources available to the public through accessible archives, engaging education programs, and world-class interpretive displays. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present its third Discussions in Military History Roundtable event this month on Saturday, September 12, featuring a talk by former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General (Retired) James Conway. The event will begin at 2:00 PM with a talk from the general about his time as one of the primary leaders in the first years of the Iraq War. He will conclude his discussion with his thoughts on the current situation in the country. Following the talk, panel members Dr. Carol Reardon and Dr. Larry Goodson will comment and discuss aspects of the war, finishing with questions from the audience.

General (Retired) James T. Conway experienced only war during his four-year tenure as the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. He served in the conflict in Iraq at multiple levels: commanding hundreds of thousands of troops on the ground for the invasion, on the operations side as J3 (Operations) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the President. During his talk, General Conway will cover the U.S. Marine Corps’ preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom, anecdotes from his Expeditionary Force’s journey to Baghdad, weapons of mass destruction, the transition of the U.S. presence in Iraq from liberation to occupation, planning and executing phase four operations, the Surge and the Awakening, and critical mistakes made. His lecture will conclude with his view of present-day Iraq, and how the country factors into U.S. international operations and challenges over the next decade. After the talk, our esteemed panel of experts will respond to General Conway with their own thoughts and questions about the Iraq War.

General Conway served as the President of the Marine Corps University, Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander of the 1st Marine Division, prior to his Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commandant positions. In 2010, General Conway retired after 40 years of service. He remains involved with policy, as co-chair of the Energy Security Leadership Council of SAFE (Securing America’s Future Energy). Dr. Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor of American History at The Pennsylvania State University. Widely published, she is one of the country’s foremost military historians. Dr. Larry Goodson holds the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security at the U.S. Army War College, where he serves as Professor of Middle East Studies. Author of numerous monographs on military involvement in the Middle East, Dr. Goodson served on the U.S. Central Command Assessment team in 2008-2009, where he focused on U.S. strategy and policy in Afghanistan for General David Petraeus.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Parking is free, books for a signing after the roundtable will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open until 4:00pm. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the United States Office of Personnel Management admitted the Foundation into the Fall 2015 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of Military Support Groups of America.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation’s CFC organization reference number is 44284.

This season marks the Foundation’s third appearance within the CFC program that solicits financial support from Federal employees for the Foundation’s mission.  The Office of Personnel Management’s approval of the Foundation into CFC recognizes the national reach of the Foundation’s educational programs, research assistance, and outreach for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center to veterans, educators, students, and the public.

“In order to qualify for CFC, participating charities must demonstrate that the services they provide impact citizens from all over the country, not just local or regional residents,” explained Foundation Executive Director Mike Perry.  “Not every charity is able to appear in CFC.  We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading charities again this year” Perry continued.

Established in 1961, CFC is the largest and most successful annual workplace fundraising drive in the world.  Every fall, CFC solicits donations from Federal employees on behalf of participating charities selected through a rigorous application process.  Federal employees may choose to support a charity represented by CFC through payroll deductions beginning in January of the following year.

Federal employees can support the Foundation’s mission through the CFC program by designating national charity number 44284Funds collected through the CFC program will support the Foundation’s mission to promote and enhance the public facilities of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The Foundation’s immediate objective is to expand the Visitor and Education Center which opened in 2011.

About the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring soldiers and their families; preserving and making publically available their artifacts and archival materials for study; and educating and inspiring visitors through programs and exhibits that promote a greater understanding of the Army's and its soldiers' contributions to American history.

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—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 the Center. 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.  

About Military Support Groups of America

Military Support Groups of America (MSGA) is a federation of America’s finest national organizations providing financial and emotional support for our Nation’s Soldiers, wounded warriors, and military families.  All MSGA agencies are screened annually to ensure that they meet the highest standards of substantive program services, management, and fiscal responsibility. 

About the Combined Federal Campaign

The mission of CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.  CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally raising millions of dollars each year.  Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal, and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

 

 

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is proud to present an event to honor women in United States Army history. USAHEC will recognize the outstanding contributions women make to the Army, looking back through military history with a special display to commemorate Women’s Equality Day. This event will examine three distinct periods of history in which women contributed significantly towards war efforts.

Displays featuring uniforms and equipment from the eras of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War will be accompanied by living historians representing the WWI-era Salvation Army “Donut Girl,” a member of the WWII Women’s Army Corps (WAC), and a Vietnam War nurse. Members of the Salvation Army worked in France from 1917-1919 and served alongside Soldiers in the trenches. In World War II, the Women’s Army Corps was given the opportunity to make major contributions to the national war effort. WACs seized this opportunity, and by the end of the war, their contributions would be widely heralded. In Vietnam, thousands of women volunteered to serve as nurses in hospitals and medical facilities in South Vietnam. Nurses dealt with a larger number of patients and more severely wounded men than seen in previous conflicts.

This presentation is open to the public and free to attend. The display lasts from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the art gallery and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab something to eat at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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China’s recent increases in military spending have contributed to the developments of its most dangerous weapon. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present author and international security consultant, Mr. Dennis Gormley, as part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. Gormley will speak about relevant patterns of Cold War and Post-Cold War security challenges, in which China and its cruise missiles have a significant role. He will discuss the country’s investment history into the weapons system, possible repercussions of these weapons ventures on China’s relationship with the United States, and the potential impact China’s military developments have had or could have on politics in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cruise missiles, both an aggressive and versatile weapon, are a major force in China’s weapons arsenal and an increasing international security concern. The missiles are designed to fly stealthily and at hypersonic speeds, and as a result can be deployed in multiple naval and airborne capacities. U.S. policymakers continue to debate over the appropriate response to this missile attainment and general military overhaul in China. A ten-percent increase in spending has allowed China to transform its military from a primarily land-based force to one with more naval and aerial power, which has led to improvements in equipment such as cruise missiles. According to Mr. Gormley, China is procuring conventionally armed ballistic and land-attack cruise missiles with the goal of destroying enemy aircraft before they take off from airfields, and preventing others from returning to support bases through attacks on airfield runways. Gormley posits this growing weapons inventory would present firm challenges to the U.S. in a wartime situation.

Mr. Gormley has ten years of experience in the U.S. intelligence community, served 20 years as a senior international security consultant, and has advised various congressional committees on these matters. He is the co-author of the 2014 book, A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions,and the author of the 2008 publication, Missile Contagion: Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in military affairs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that Tawani Foundation has provided a donation of $100,000 to support the expansion of the Visitor Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).  This grant is in addition to grants received from The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, the G.B. Stuart Charitable Foundation, and the Land O’Lakes Foundation,  as well as the pending $2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant awarded to the Foundation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Founded by COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), Tawani Foundation is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) grant-making organization whose mission is to enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of the Citizen Soldier; to preserve unique sites of significance to American and military history; and to honor the service of military personnel, past, present, and future.  This donation is the second major contribution by Tawani Foundation to support USAHEC expansion. 

“We are most grateful for Tawani Foundation’s continued support. This grant, when combined with the Commonwealth’s and local Foundations’ grants, is critical to our efforts to initiate a construction program in 2015” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “Together they will help finance the construction of a 7,500 square-foot addition onto the existing Visitor Center and will provide an additional gallery and multipurpose room to the complex.”

The Foundation continues to seek additional funds to complete the entire Phase Two expansion project.  When fully developed, the Phase Two expansion will provide 37,000 square feet to support continued growth in USAHEC’s visitation and programs.  Future enhancements will include an additional exhibit and interpretative gallery to highlight soldier art and rotating exhibits; multi-purpose rooms to host more complex educational programs; and improved conferencing capabilities to accommodate larger veterans' reunions and special events. The estimated cost of the entire Phase Two expansion project is $8.4 million.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring soldiers and their families; preserving and making publically available their artifacts and archival materials for study; and educating and inspiring visitors through programs and exhibits that promote a greater understanding of the Army's and its soldiers' contributions to American history.

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—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 the Center. 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. 

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This is the last week to visit, “A Great Civil War: Battles That Defined a Nation, 1863,” on display in USAHEC’s Changing Gallery Exhibit within the Soldier Experience Gallery. This exhibit, on display since the summer of 2013, highlights the Civil War experiences of fourteen Soldiers and thirty other military and civilian people through their original artifacts, documents, and images. It will be open during USAHEC’s regular hours through 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 9, before closing to the public on Monday, August 10. Beginning next week, USAHEC staff will be hard at work removing the artifacts and displays from the “A Great Civil War,” before cleaning and repairing the space in preparation for the next exhibit.

Over the next three months, USAHEC staff will produce and install, “Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War,” which highlights the experience of Soldiers who served during the Vietnam War. Each Soldier’s story is unique, and the exhibit will showcase different areas of the country, with corresponding Soldiers’ stories to illustrate the experiences of the men and women who served throughout Vietnam. In-country experiences in combat and medical evacuation operations will be featured, in addition to sections relating to the experience of POWs and veterans upon returning home. “Courage, Commitment, and Fear” is slated to open in November 2015, just prior to Veterans Day.

Stop in this week or over the weekend to view, “A Great Civil War: Battles That Defined a Nation, 1863,” one last time before it closes! For questions about hours of operation or visiting USAHEC, please go to www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

            

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Do you have a military uniform, old Soldier letters or a Civil War sword just hanging around the house and you don’t really know what it is or how to take care of it?  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) to the rescue!  The USAHEC staff is excited to host the third annual Mysteries in Military History Day! Over the past two years, the event helped dozens of visitors identify a variety of military items including a family member’s uniform from the Spanish-American War, preserve precious family heirlooms, and jump start visitors into researching their family history. Staff members are eager to continue the tradition of assisting visitors to understand the historical mysteries in their lives. USAHEC invites you to bring in your mysterious and family items pertaining to Army history, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Let the professionals help you begin your research!

Upon entering the event, visitors will receive help from USAHEC experts positioned at different stations including: identification of unknown items, preservation of personal historic artifacts (such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.), family genealogy highlighting military service, the conservation of objects, and research tips. Staff will also be onsite to help those interested in donating items. It is important to note that USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals.

Please note that firearms are welcome, but they must be unloaded and will be checked and marked by safety personnel prior to entering the building. Those planning on attending the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. They will need to provide their name, contact information, time of arrival, and information about the weapon they plan to bring. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure whether an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427. Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and free to attend. The event will run from 10:30AM to 2:30 PM in USAHEC’s Multipurpose Rooms. Parking is free, and both Café Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit the website: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-4427.

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U.S. News and World Report called the Korean War the “forgotten” war back in 1951, but the conflict on the peninsula is far from over. At 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present author Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager as part of the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History Lecture Series. Jager will speak about her most recent book, Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea, published in 2013. The book and Jager’s lecture consider the Korean War as a whole and how it extends beyond the 1953 armistice over six decades into the present day. Brothers at War also addresses the conflict’s international impact from the perspective of China, Russia, and the United States, which all vie for control in both countries.                                                

According to Jager, Korea’s history of war spans from 1945, before the armed conflict began, and is still seen in the antagonistic divide between North and South Korea. Following the lack of a formal peace treaty in 1953, the two sides have clashed in naval battles on the Yellow Sea, in North Korean attacks on South Korean landmarks, and economically in a complete trade suspension. The threat of nuclear weapons also persists between the two Koreas. Countries such as the U.S. intervene further on the peninsula through economic aid in exchange for North Korean nuclear concessions. North Korea has become dependent on this type of fear-induced aid for survival, Jager considers, which prevents the country from moving towards unity with the free South. These examinations among others earned Brothers at War a place as one of three Foreign Affairs Best Books of 2013 in the subjects of Asia and the Pacific. 

Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager is a Professor and department head in East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and focuses her writing on contemporary Korean politics in history. Her previous works include Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism (2003), a study of the effects of gendered tropes on modern Korea, and Ruptured Histories: War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia (2007), about the major reassessment East Asian states underwent following the end of the Cold War. Currently, Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager resides with her husband and children in Ohio. 

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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Chief Petty Officer Christopher Scott Kyle was known to enemy insurgents as “The Devil of Ramadi,” and to today’s public he is the “American Sniper.” At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, July 15, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle will present Jim DeFelice as part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. DeFelice will center his lecture on Chris Kyle’s background as a Navy SEAL and how it informs the content of his book, American Sniper. The book, written by Kyle with DeFelice’s help, covers the former SEAL’s early life, his military career, his challenges post-retirement, and ultimately, his tragic death at the hands of the Marine he mentored.

As part of Navy SEAL Team 3, Chris Kyle claimed to have 160 “confirmed kills” throughout his four tours in Iraq and 10 years in the military from 1999-2009. His marksmanship was central to Operation Iraqi Freedom and the major Battles of Fallujah, Ramadi, and the Baghdad Campaigns. Kyle’s valiant efforts were rewarded with two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. Though Kyle’s grueling years of overseas combat strained his family life with wife Taya Kyle and his children, he overcame these struggles and founded CRAFT International LLC, a security company, and Fitco Cares, a foundation focused on Soldier physical and mental fitness. The distinction of Kyle’s legacy is encapsulated in American Sniper, which topped the New York Times bestseller list in 2012 and 2013. Warner Brothers turned American Sniper into an Academy-Award nominated movie in 2015 with the help of DeFelice.

Jim DeFelice is a renowned author, screenwriter, and video game developer. DeFelice explores the consequences of war, politics, and terrorism on Soldiers and civilians. Fourteen of DeFelice’s fifty fiction and non-fiction books made the New York Times bestseller lists. Along with American Sniper,he co-wrote Code Name Johnny Walker (2014) about an Iraqi translator aiding American forces, and authored the biography Omar Bradley: General at War (2011), the first in-depth, critical piece written about the five-star General. His most recent publication is American Wife (2015), which he co-authored with Taya Kyle about her experiences as wife and widow of the American Sniper. Currently he is working on Fighting Blind, the story of Ivan Castro, a blind Special Forces officer, combat veteran, and Green Beret slated for release in 2016.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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This weekend, the Army Heritage Trail at the U.S Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will be inhabited by a group of World War II reenactors. The 29th Infantry Division Living History reenactment group will be conducting training exercises for its living historians. The group bases their storylines upon the 29th Infantry Division, a Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC National Guard unit that served in World War II, including D-Day.  Most members of the reenactment group hail from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Members of the squad will be available to serve as historical interpreters to the general public on Saturday, June 27 near the World War II Barracks on the Army Heritage Trail. This program is made possible through the coordination efforts of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

For more information about the 29th Infantry Division Living History group, please visit www.29thdivision.com.

 

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—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 the Center. 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 its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010, with the construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center, a key component of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus. Opened to the public on May 20, 2011, the Visitor and Education Center is the focal point for the campus, containing the first large exhibit gallery and hosting educational activities on the USAHEC campus.

The Foundation is now seeking grants and donations for its Build on Success Campaign to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates National History Day in Pennsylvania, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits, and is a state approved continuing education provider. 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 educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers. The Center's mission is to educate a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by acquiring, preserving, and making available historical records, materials, and artifacts. A unique Army and public asset, USAHEC is the Army’s only historical organization chartered to acquire and preserve the personal history of our Soldiers through their photos, letters, diaries, and artifacts. USAHEC staff then makes these resources available to the public through accessible archives, engaging education programs, and world-class interpretive displays. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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George Washington, the Sons of Liberty, and the Battles of Trenton and Yorktown are familiar terms discussed by authors and educators in relation to the Revolutionary War. Behind the operations, however, a new perspective is emerging, driven by the scholarship of Mr. Kenneth A. Daigler, professional intelligence officer. At 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 27, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present the second roundtable of the quarterly “Discussions on Military History.” The roundtable will open with a lecture from Mr. Daigler on the American intelligence operations during the Revolution based on his 2014 book, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War. Following the lecture, Professor of History Dr. James H. Broussard, Archivist Ms. Jessica J. Sheets, and Chief of Interpretation for the George Washington Birthplace National Monument Mr. Scott S. Hill, will discuss how intelligence acts as a new lens on the Revolutionary War.

General George Washington and his vast network of spies engaged in the tradecraft of intelligence collection throughout the Revolutionary War. Washington led such clandestine activities due to his skills of observation, tactical and strategic deception, elicitation, and defensive counterintelligence. As early as the Battle of Trenton, Washington oversaw spies and scouts reconnoitering the enemy’s positions, and his Strategic Deception Plan built upon this success through to the British surrender at Yorktown. Multiple organizations were behind intelligence activities throughout the colonies. Groups such as the United Front Organization encouraged political action and aided inter-colonial communication. Others disguised their activities as legitimate businesses in order to provide weapons and expertise to American Soldiers. Intelligence activities were integral to the colonists’ victory and independence.

Mr. Daigler is a retired Career Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and worked with the Department of Defense on counterintelligence operations. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. Along with his book Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, Daigler is the author of intelligence articles for numerous journals, including The Intelligencer and Studies in Intelligence. In these works and others, his research focuses on intelligence activities in the period between 1765 and 1865.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Parking is free, books for a signing will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

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**Due to unexpected circumstances, Mr. Tom Ryan will no longer be giving the

June Perspectives in Military History Lecture. We regret this last minute

change, but are excited to welcome Mr. Cooper Wingert in his place.**

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

POINT OF CONTACT: Jessie Faller-Parrett, 717-245-3641, jessie.t.faller-parrett.civ@mail.mil

 

TEENAGE CIVIL WAR EXPERT TO LECTURE ON MYSTERIOUS COMPONENT OF THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN

 

In the final days of June 1863, two massive armies streamed towards the tiny crossroads of Gettysburg. Just a few miles north, General Robert E. Lee’s vanguard fell upon the outskirts of Pennsylvania’s vulnerable capital and was turned back by the little-known or celebrated militia men defending Harrisburg in the Battle of Sporting Hill. Author Cooper H. Wingert highlights the obscure yet influential Battle of Sporting Hill in his book, The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign’s Northernmost Reaches. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present a lecture on this topic as part of the 48th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series.

The Battle of Sporting Hill near Harrisburg resulted from General Robert E. Lee’s larger invasion plan for Pennsylvania and his strategic aim to capture the capital. General Lee sent Brigadier General Albert Jenkins to survey the city, but his troopers clashed with Harrisburg-based state militia when the home guard received word of increased Confederate forces in the area. The skirmish at Sporting Hill ended with the Confederate brigade retreating towards Carlisle and followed with the shelling of the city by another set of Lee’s troops. After the Union general defending Carlisle refused surrender, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart ordered his Soldiers to set the entirety of Carlisle Barracks ablaze before leaving the city and abandoning their mission to Harrisburg. The Battle of Sporting Hill set the stage for the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863.

Cooper H. Wingert was already a published author before the release of The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg, in 2012. At age 12, he finished a critical edition of a veteran diary, A Virginian in the Vanguard: The Diary of Lt. Hermann Schuricht, 14th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. He also wrote two books released in 2013, Emergency Men!: The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and the Gettysburg Campaign and Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union. Mr. Wingert draws authorial inspiration from historical societies, archives, and Civil War collections across Pennsylvania and the northeast, including USAHEC.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

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As General Robert E. Lee led his resolute rebels on a steamy summer invasion in June 1863, intrigue and slithering spies acted in direct competition with flamboyant cavalrymen and canny intelligence officers to provide Lee and his enemies with critical information. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Mr. Tom Ryan, author of the brand new book, Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, will lecture on the role of intelligence in the days leading to America’s bloodiest battle. The lecture will be proudly presented by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at 7:15 PM. 

Throughout the invasion of Pennsylvania during the American Civil War, Lee moved without critical intelligence capabilities, leading to his ultimate defeat. Lee, and his Army of the Potomac counterpart and enemy, General George Meade, relied on complicated and extended intelligence networks to inform and direct their movement and choices. Lee used a mix of cavalry outriders, civilian spies, and newspaper reports to guide his army. Meade, on the other hand, used these methods and the recently established Bureau of Military Intelligence: a radical new organization within the Federal Army capable of collecting, collating, and reporting on enemy movements and dispositions as never before. In his book, Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, Mr. Tom Ryan compares the two intelligence networks and discusses the details and effectiveness of their respective approaches. His lecture will examine the essentials of each general’s methods and offer insight into how intelligence operations impacted the Civil War’s most decisive campaign.

Tom Ryan is the former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table in Dover and a member of the Civil War Trust, Gettysburg Foundation, Delaware Historical Society, and Fort Delaware Society. He has a BA from the University of Maryland and an MA from American University. He has published numerous articles and book reviews about the Civil War in newspapers and magazines. He writes a column for the local Coastal Point newspaper called “Civil War Profiles.” He served three years in the United States Army and thirty-five years as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 

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The property receipt for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima; Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick’s Civil War presentation sword; General Omar N. Bradley’s D-Day invasion map; the #3 Smith and Wesson revolver that belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Hobart Kemper Baily, who may have carried it when he met with Sitting Bull. These are just a few of the prized items on display at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) as part of the newest exhibit, “Treasures of the USAHEC,” scheduled to open on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., as part of USAHEC’s Army Heritage Days event.

USAHEC’s motto is “Telling the Army’s Story…one Soldier at a Time,” but there are many items in the USAHEC collection that hold significance to the overall history of the U.S. Army and the nation. These items are not able to be displayed on a regular basis due to their condition or rarity. The “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit will rotate many of these rare collections, including the 1778 printing of Baron Von Steuben’s “blue book” or drill manual, which he wrote to bring discipline to the young Continental Army after the horrible winter at Valley Forge.

The official exhibit opening will be in conjunction with USAHEC’s annual Army Heritage Days event. There will be nearly 300 reenactors from different periods of U.S. Army history, displays of equipment, organizational displays such as the Scottish Heritage Society, and demonstrations of cavalry and artillery tactics. The event continues inside the Visitor and Education Center, where attendees can listen to lectures, visit the exhibits and table displays, or write a letter to a Soldier. There will also be ample opportunity to interact with Veterans from WWII through Operation Enduring Freedom.   

The Army Heritage Days event and the “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit opening are open to the public and free to attend. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the new “Treasures of the USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at one of the many food vendors throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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On May 12 and 13, 2015, more than 1,000 students, teachers, and parents from across the Commonwealth will converge on Millersville University to compete for the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the Kenneth C. Behring National History Day contest at The University of Maryland, College Park this June.

National History Day is a year-long academic program proven to enhance student achievement and college and career readiness.  Students research and develop projects on topics of their own choosing and create exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and papers. 

Student may elect to participate in a series of contests at the local and regional levels, where they defend their projects before a panel of judges.  Regional winners go on to the statewide contest where they compete for the honor of representing Pennsylvania at the National Contest in Washington, D.C. 

“NHD in PA challenges students to become scholars” says State Coordinator Jeff Hawks.  Hawks is the Education Director at the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle, which sponsors and manages the program.  “The way they rise to that challenge is amazing.  Many of the projects we see at the state contest are college level work.” 

The theme for 2015 is Leadership and Legacy.  Throughout the year, students have researched and analyzed historical sources, drawn conclusions, and honed their projects to demonstrate their learning.

Kevin Wagner, the Social Studies Program Chair for Grades 6-12 in the Carlisle Area School District, states that “History Day shows students how the mundane and ordinary can be the fantastic and extraordinary, changing our society and culture forever, and serves as a microscope by which we can examine our local, state, and national community to find out how ordinary people and events really can and do make a difference.”

“The program really brings history to life for the students.  For many of them, this is the first time they really see that history is something that involved real people grappling with the most significant problems of their time,” says Hawks.  A recent study shows that National History Day students outperform their peers on standardized tests in all subject areas and are better prepared for college and careers.

Students who come to the State Contest have already competed successfully at one of eleven Regional Contests.  Overall, approximately 12,000 students, teachers, parents, and judges participate in the state-wide program.

National History Day in Pennsylvania is sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, located in Carlisle.

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Why would anyone jump out of perfectly good airplane? This question has surrounded the elite group of men and women in the U.S. Army known as paratroopers for decades. The same query has often been asked of the All Veteran Group Parachute Team, whose name is associated with patriotism and high profile tandem jumps involving Former President George H. W. Bush and WWII Veteran Red Falvey. To witness these amazing jumpers and honor all of America’s Veterans, please join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for Army Heritage Days, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, where the All Veteran Group Parachute Team will make a special appearance.

Army Heritage Days is a weekend-long event that features re-enactors from different periods of history, lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, as well as tactics and weapons demonstrations. This year will also mark the return of the parachute team! Members of the All Veteran Group (AVG) Parachute Team and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will display historic materials and jump on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. Founded in 2011, the AVG is made up of a group of active duty and retired military personnel and other patriotic American jumpers, and has completed over 50,000 parachute jumps, three of which were conducted with Former President George H.W. Bush. Each of the team’s jumps honors those who have already served their country, along with those young men and women who are the future of the U.S. military.   

After the jump, Army Heritage Days continues on the outdoor grounds and inside the Visitor and Education Center, where visitors can listen to lectures, visit the military model displays, and participate in the popular Veterans Meet and Greet. This year, the Veterans Meet and Greet will feature Carlisle local and WWII Veteran, SGT Cosmo J. Zizzi, who joined the U.S. Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served with the Seventh Armored Division in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany during the war. SGT Zizzi, along with other Veterans, will be available to speak with visitors in Ridgway Hall. USAHEC encourages all Veterans to fill out one of our Veteran Surveys in order to have your story preserved for future generations as part of the USAHEC collection.   

This event is free and open to the public. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the new “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit, and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at one of the many food vendors throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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Be all You Can Be”  was the Army’s recruiting slogan from the early 1980s until the late 1990s and one of the most successful marketing slogans of all times. 

Come “Be all You Can Be” on June 13th by joining with the Army Heritage Center Foundation as we host Central Pennsylvania’s third annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  This year, we commemorate the U.S. Army’s 240th birthday, and the dinner allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers and Veterans, and their families. The highlights of this year’s program include honoring Mr. Earl Carter, the originator of the well-known “Be All You Can Be” Army slogan and partaking in traditions of a Formal Regimental Mess which fosters camaraderie and esprit de corps.  The evening will also include a cake cutting and dinner, along with recognizing Soldiers and Veterans in attendance.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations across the Nation 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, with our large local retiree population and the presence of many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserves, we can sponsor an event which highlights their and the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that “The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to host the Army’s Birthday event in the Visitor and Education Center to better showcase this outstanding facility, dedicated to the Army and its Soldiers, to the Foundation’s membership and the public.”

Event Sponsors include the Association of the United States Army – Carlisle Barracks Chapter, Highmark, Mette, Evans, and Woodside, United Concordia, and Metro Productions.

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.  

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host a free public program on April 25, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. that features Rory Kennedy’s 2015 Academy Award © nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” and a panel of experts to provide perspective. The program is a partnership among the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the U.S. Army War College, and WITF Public Television and Radio.  Register for the screening at witf.org/events.

Rory Kennedy’s documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam” focuses on the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon.  As nearby cities and villages fell to the North, U.S. diplomats and military officials in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—which Vietnamese citizens would go and which would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.

After the film, WITF’s Scott LaMar will moderate a talk back session with panel experts to provide perspective.  The panel includes Dr. Lewis (Bob) Sorley whose book, A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Tom Glenn who was a senior National Security Agency officer in Vietnam at the end of the war, and COL (R) John Martin who, as an Army Lieutenant, supported the care and processing of Vietnamese refugees evacuated from Saigon to Guam as part of Operation New Life.

WITF TV will broadcast the PBS documentary AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Last Days in Vietnam on Tuesday, April 28, 2015,  at 9:00 p.m. Scheduled in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the broadcast will contain additional footage not seen during the film’s theatrical release. The broadcast is supported locally on WITF TV by theLebanon VA Medical Center and the Army War College Foundation.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), a component of the U.S. Army War College, is a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring soldiers and their families; preserving and making publically available their artifacts and archival materials; and educating and inspiring visitors through programs and exhibits that promote a greater understanding of the Army's and its soldiers' contributions.  The museum and research center is free and open to the public. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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—the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center. The Foundation also provides “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.  Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

WITF is a valued source of educational, inspiring, and creative content for adults and children in every community in Central Pennsylvania. WITF’s programs and services reach nearly two million citizens in 19 counties throughout the region. WITF is comprised of public broadcasting stations WITF TV, WITF 89.5 & 93.3, WITF.org, and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in association with WITF).  The organization also includes the news networks RadioPA and Pennsylvania Public Radio, as well as Media Solutions and Top Flight Media. Learn more about WITF at www.witf.org

 

 

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