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From Margaret Corbin, who served alongside her husband during the attack on Fort Washington in 1776, to CPT Kristen Griest and 1LT Shaye Haver, who were the first-ever female graduates of Army Ranger School in 2015, women have served important roles in the U.S. Army throughout its history. On Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) invites you to join us to learn more about the extraordinary women who have served in the U.S. Army, with a special presentation entitled, “A New Protocol: Nursing the Army in the Vietnam War.”

This presentation is the third installment of our four-month series of Winter History Programs and features Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic, the Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society at Texas Christian University. Dr. Dixon Vuic’s work centers on the history of war and militarization, in addition to the history of gender and sexuality, and social and cultural history. Her lecture at USAHEC will focus specifically on the essential role women played in the U.S. Army medical field during the Vietnam War, which she elaborates on in her book, Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War. 

Visitors will be able to learn even more about the important service of women in the U.S. Army from SPC Stefanie Otley, Preventive Medicine Specialist for Environmental Health at Dunham Army Health Clinic, who will present a display demonstrating the important jobs of Medical Corps Soldiers today.    

“A New Protocol: Nursing the Army in the Vietnam War” begins at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Cook Pot and Palette” art exhibit, “Treasures of USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to 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.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is sponsoring a free pre-release showing of the Danish film A War on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Directed by Tobias Lindholm, the film is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category to be presented at the 88th Academy Awards.

A War  tells the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan that is fighting the Taliban.  The Company Commander, while trying to protect civilians and his men, calls in an air strike that results in civilian casualties.  The commander is later accused of committing a war crime and the film follows his courts marital and the effect the trial has on him, his Soldiers, and his family.

The film is in Danish with American subtitles.  With the exception of the main characters, the soldiers are played by actual Danish soldiers who had served in Afghanistan.  The pre-release showing of A War is provided courtesy of Fire Squad Outreach For Films and by Magnolia Pictures.  The film’s premier showing is on February 12th in Los Angeles and New York and its public release is scheduled for February 19th.

A light reception will follow the showing of the film and precede the scheduled Perspective Lecture, Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the 21st Century with Dr. David Ulbrich from Rogers State University.

 

 

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Come learn about the exciting world of living history and reenactment at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania! USAHEC is pleased to invite the public and living historians to attend the 5th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. The event will feature over thirty living history organizations representing impressions covering all eras of U.S. Army and world military history, from 16th century pike men to Vietnam War-era grunts. The event serves as a “meet and greet” for reenactors to interact between their organizations and for the public to learn more about the historic period each group represents. In addition, the Recruitment Day provides a great opportunity for reenactors to fill their ranks with history buffs.

Over two hundred reenactors will be on hand in their period attire to answer questions, talk about their upcoming events, discuss the finer points of reenacting, and show off their military accoutrements. This year, the event will feature multiple units from the American Revolution, including fearsome Hessians and backwoods rangers. From 19th century artillery to Wehrmacht medics, the sheer diversity of periods represented is sure to entertain children and hard-core historians alike. Some organizations will perform live demonstrations of the manual of arms from their period, troop movements, and battlefield medical techniques.

The 5th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public. The USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the Museum Store and the Café Cumberland. The Café will feature a special menu with delicious deals throughout the event. Parking is free. For directions, general information, and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at www.usahec.org. For questions, please call 717-245-3972.   

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Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture in Military History

12th Annual Lecture Series

 

A War within a War

World War I Black Combat Soldiers and the Fight for Equality

 

Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons

Professor of History

New York University

Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr.

Professor of History

University of Georgia 

In 191 days of fierce combat on the brutal front lines of World War I’s bloodiest trenches, one of the American Expeditionary Force’s units performed above and beyond the call of duty. The unit lost 280 men killed, but never gave up an inch of ground or lost a single man captured. Back home, the unit received accolades and the nom de guerre, “The Harlem Hellfighters,” despite the prevailing racism of the day and the fact that the entire unit was black. In the trenches, however, the unit, self-identified as “The Harlem Rattlers,” still dealt with racism and bigotry despite their proven prowess in combat. Dr. Jeffrey Sammons, of New York University, and Dr. John Morrow, Jr., of the University of Georgia, expand on the story of the 369th Infantry Regiment and take it beyond the injustices on the field of battle in their book, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality. In this lecture, they will go even further, connecting the African American Soldiers’ struggle against the Germans and their own command to the wider context of racism in the Army and how the Harlem Rattlers set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Jeffrey Sammons has served as a professor of history at New York University since 1989. Before joining the faculty at NYU, he taught at the University of Houston, Princeton University, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Sammons also authored a critically acclaimed book titled Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. is a professor at the University of Georgia. Dr. Morrow served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1995, before returning to full-time teaching and research. Dr. Morrow received the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2005 for his work as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy and is a frequent speaker at numerous Army and Department of Defense schools and organizations. Dr. Morrow’s most famous work, The Great War in the Air: Military Aircraft from 1909-1921 (1993) is considered the definitive study of air power in World War I. 

 

DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016

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 updates and any last minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk at 717-245-3972.

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Carlisle, PA – The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce a ground breaking ceremony on November 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  The ceremony will initiate a $2.25 million, 7,500 square foot, expansion of the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and will occur in the multipurpose room of the Visitor and Education Center. 

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack, in his role as Chair, Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission, will attend and participate in the ceremony. The Commission is charged with organizing support for the state’s military installations and monitoring federal activity that might impact them.

The expansion project, funded in part with a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grant, will increase the capacity of USAHEC to support exhibits and public programs.  This expansion will provide a new exhibit gallery, an additional multipurpose room, as well as increased seating for the on-site café.  

Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation, said that “the facilities, especially the multipurpose rooms at USAHEC, are often at capacity” and “the Center has the artifacts and collections to develop additional displays to tell the Army’s story.  This addition will enhance the Center’s ability to support programs and exhibits and meets a need identified by the Army.”

R.S. Mowery & Sons, Inc. will manage the project.  Financing to facilitate construction was provided by F&M Trust.

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. 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) has hosted its One Millionth Visitor since opening during the Fall of 2004. 

Since September 2004, visitation to the Center has grown, and today, the USAHEC campus hosts visitors from across the Nation and from international locations.  Jack Giblin, Director of Visitor and Education Services, said that “USAHEC is proud to support our Army’s outreach to the American public.  We are glad to have reached this milestone; however, we want to continue to enhance our efforts to tell the story of our Soldiers’ contributions to the Nation”.

The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) and the Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group recently recognized both USAHEC and the Army Heritage Center Foundation for this achievement.  On November 4, at their annual tourism conference, the Cumberland Valley Visitor’s Bureau, a component of CAEDC, recognized USAHEC for exceeding 1 million visitors and for being selected as the Region’s Best Attraction. On Saturday, November 7, CAEDC recognized the Army Heritage Center Foundation, at the Foundation’s annual Membership and Recognition Dinner, for its efforts in growing USAHEC as a tourist destination and for its marketing and promotion of the campus.  Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation praised “the partnership with the Visitor’s Bureau and the Army that is allowing us to meet our pledge to the Commonwealth and the County to develop USAHEC into a world class destination.”

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.

 

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In association with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is proud to present the regional premier of Kilo Two Bravo, a feature film directed by Paul Katis. The viewing is open to the public and will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Colonel Kev Copsey, British Officer Combat Veteran and Student at the U.S. Army War College will provide commentary.

Kilo Two Bravo portrays the true story of British soldiers tasked with neutralizing a Taliban roadblock near the Kajaki dam in Afghanistan. As they closed in on the insurgents, the unit found themselves marooned in the middle of an active minefield, setting in motion a desperate air rescue mission that risks detonating the entire explosive terrain. This excruciatingly tense thriller depicts the heroism, courage, and survival of the brothers of the Third Parachute Regiment (3PARA) and tells the story of one of the most valiant rescue efforts of modern warfare. The commentator, Colonel Copsey, happened to be in Kajaki the day the soldiers of 3PARA were caught in the minefield. A mile away from the incident, he helped fight the Taliban to keep the enemy from attacking the trapped soldiers.

The viewing of Kilo Two Bravo, sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a free event, and includes free parking. The event opens to the public at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015. The film will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a question and answer period with the commentator. For more information, please contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation: 717-258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

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Dancing is a key component of Native American culture, past and present, and watching a demonstration of various dances provides an opportunity to better understand the traditions and heritage Native Americas. As part of Native American Heritage Month, commemorated during the month of November, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is excited to welcome performers from the Native Pride Dancers on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM. These traditional Native dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration will include authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by indigenous vocal and flute music from the Northern Plains.

Each tribe maintains traditions and culture through many distinct styles of dance. The Native Pride Dancers are “passionately devoted to keeping traditions alive,” and their mission is to “educate, inspire, motivate, and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions.” For additional background on the Native Pride Dancers, please visit their website: http://www.nativepridearts.org/.

This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude around 8:30 p.m. 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 year marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of the poem “In Flanders Fields”by Canadian Army Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. To celebrate this iconic poem, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) welcomes Consul General of Canada John F. Prato for a joint commemoration of two major holidays, Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. The event will begin at 10:30 AM on November 10. 2015 at USAHEC on the Army Heritage Trail, near the World War I trenches. Activities include welcome statements by U.S. Army War College Ambassador Shields, remarks from Consul General Prato, a brief history and reading of the poem “In Flanders Fields,” anda prayer with a moment of silence to remember the fallen heroes from World War I. Before and after the ceremony, guests are welcome to interact with the reenactors portraying U.S., Canadian, and French World War I Soldiers on the Army Heritage Trail.

“In Flanders Fields” was written during World War I by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the Second Battle of Ypres. The iconic poem continues to be a part of veterans’ recognition ceremonies in Canada, the United States, and around the world. The poppy references in the first and last stanzas of the most widely read and oft-quoted poem of the war contributed to the flower's status as an emblem of remembrance and a symbol of new growth amidst the devastation of war. Today, millions wear the bright red poppy to remember and honor the many thousands who lost their lives during the Great War.

The day’s events are free and open to the public. For directions to USAHEC, general information, or question about the event, please visit: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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Fifty years ago, the events of the Vietnam War forever changed the lives of millions of people, including the men and women of the U.S. Army. At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will highlight these stories with the grand opening of a new exhibit, “Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War.” The exhibit furthers USAHEC’s goal of “Telling the Army Story… One Soldier at a Time,” with individual Soldier histories from those who served during the Vietnam War. The exhibit also highlights the USAHEC’s partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

Popular reflection portrays the Vietnam War as a conflict of questionable intentions, which divided the country for many years. Television news reports, photographs, magazine articles, and newspaper clippings echoed a tense public outcry during that period. But did that accurately depict the true nature of the American Soldier? USAHEC’s exhibit, “Courage, Commitment, and Fear,”characterizes the honorable service and varied experiences of the American Soldier in the Vietnam War.

The exhibit will explain some of the realities of the Vietnam War and highlight the bravery and sacrifice of those who served. To do this, several unique immersive displays, such as a “spider hole” and “booby traps,” allow visitors to experience, first-hand, the types of challenges Soldiers faced. The exhibit also includes the film, “Our Journey Through War,” which was produced by USAHEC and features interviews with Soldiers and their families who experienced the conflict. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display for two years.

The grand opening ceremony for the exhibit is FREE and open to the public. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments, provided by the Army Heritage Center Foundation. For directions to USAHEC, general information, or questions about the event, please visit: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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The first devastating battles of the Civil War played in the minds of the twenty-eight remaining cadets enrolled at West Point in 1862. These tough young men went on to fight their former classmates not as generals astride horses, but as junior officers leading the charges of platoons and companies. To explore the minds and actions of these young leaders, LTC (Ret.) Brian R. McEnany will present a lecture based on his book, For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862, at 7:15 PM on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The lecture will be at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Brian R. McEnany spent years in archives across the country writing his book, For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862. In this lecture-version of his research, he will focus on sixteen young cadets, as they struggle through their classes while watching the country fall to violent pieces around them. Following these twelve Federal and four Confederate officers onto the battlefield, he uses first person accounts, as well as numerous other primary sources, to give life to their personal alliances, demons, and struggles. Each account not only sheds light on the junior leadership during such battles as Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, but also reflects on the senior leadership, national strategy, and the soul of the armies contesting the rights of the Federal government versus the states.

LTC (Ret.) McEnany is a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as an artillery officer in combat in Vietnam, as well as in garrison in Korea, Germany, and the United States. He retired as an operations research analyst with the rank of lieutenant colonel.  In his retirement, he has written several historical articles about West Point during the Civil War.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to USAHEC will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM in the Ridgway Hall Research Room. 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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More than a quarter of a million soldiers clashed among the choking smoke of muskets and the roaring thunder of cannon, as the forces of Napoleon III smashed into his enemies during the Battle for Solferino on June 24, 1859. The French Campaign in the Italian Piedmont region represented the beginning of full-scale industrial-age warfare and offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of warfare. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present a lecture by Dr. Frederick Schneid, an author and professor at High Point University, entitled, “The European Battlefield in the 19th Century: Napoleon III and Military Leadership During the Second French Empire.” Dr. Schneid will discuss the international coalition which fought the battle, as well as how the conduct of the battle at the operational level reflected the changing nature of warfare in the Industrial Age. The talk will also cover how tactical level traditions of leadership established during the First French Empire remained sacrosanct.

Napoleon III took the French throne at the end of 1852, but the early 19th-century political and military rule of Napoleon I was not far from the new leader’s mind. The Second French Empire (1852-1859) formed alongside Napoleon III’s coup d’état and with it, the ‘Bonapartist’ agenda or ‘Napoleonic Idea’ was reinstated. Its principles established the emperor as the supreme leader of the free peoples of Europe. This idea resulted in Napoleon III’s plan to influence political events in Italy by fostering Italian nationalism to reunify the country through the dissolution of the European Alliance. The French Army allied with the Piedmont region of Italy in 1859 to drive the repressive Hapsburg rulers out of the peninsula.

Dr. Schneid is the chair of High Point University’s history department, as well as a professor. Schneid’s research concentrates on the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, with publications including, Napoleon’s Italian Campaigns, 1805-1815 (2002), Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe: The War of the Third Coalition 1805 (2005), and The Napoleonic Wars-Essential Bibliography Series (2012). His most recent book, The French-Piedmontese Campaign of 1859 (2014), drew considerable acclaim at the International Book Fair in Turin, Italy. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era and serves as the Southern Regional Director of the Society for Military History.

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 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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