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Carlisle, PA – The Honourable Company of Horners will be holding its annual meeting at the U.S. Army History and Education Center (USAHEC) at Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 6 and 7, 2015.  The public is invited to attend from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, March 6th and from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 7th.  Admission is free.  On display will be multiple tables of powder horns, cups, combs, and other historic objects made of cattle horn, as well as contemporary examples of items made by gifted artists today.  Master craftsmen will be demonstrating the processes to accomplish these works of art, including one working on a reproduction 18th century lathe.

The Honourable Company of Horners began in 1996 by like-minded mostly powder horn collectors and artists, forming the "Horn Guild" the same year as a not for profit corporation dedicated to discovering the history of cattle horn raw material used in manufacturing.  Many household objects like shoe horns, horn rim glasses, and even window panes were made this way.  The Guild's primary focus is education of its members and the public about this once common but nearly lost skill.  The idea of a handful of men has grown to nearly 400, and through their efforts, books are now being published and distributed for the interested.

The display portion of the event is free and open to the public.  As always, USAHEC has a number of exhibits to view as well, including "Understanding the War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory," the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, and the Soldier Experience Gallery. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland, throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and USAHEC is handicapped accessible. For more information about this event, please visit www.hornguild.org/upcoming-events/the-19th-hch-annual-meeting-at-the-ahec-march-6-7-2015/ or call: 717-245-3972.

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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! The Center is pleased to invite the public and living historians to attend the 4th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in USAHEC’s 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 pikemen 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 periods each group represents. In addition, 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. A War of 1812-era team will display all of the equipment an American Soldier carried to battle against the British, and Civil War-era cavalrymen will show the kit their mounts carried on campaign. 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 Fourth Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public. USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the bookstore and the Café Cumberland. Parking is free. For directions, general information, upcoming events, and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at www.usahec.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.   

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In the years 1675 and 1676, New England saw a series of blood-soaked battles when the Wampanoag Indian alliance violently pushed back against encroaching European settlers. The bloody conflict, known as the Great Narragansett War or King Philip’s War, devastated much of New England while the colonies struggled through their infancy. However, one colony emerged from grisly war relatively unscathed; Connecticut, unlike the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, did not experience the same level of carnage during the horrific contest. As part of its Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History Lecture Series, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is proud to present a lecture from Major Jason Warren of the U.S. Army War College entitled, “Success Amidst Disaster: Connecticut in the Great Narragansett War (King Philip's War), 1675-1676.” The lecture will begin at 7:15 PM on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Warren’s book will be on sale, and the Army Heritage Center Foundation will hold a book signing after the event.

To every war and conflict there is an administrative side. A nation’s, or colony’s, course of action can either help or hinder a victorious outcome. Connecticut’s protocol for managing the war with enemy Indians helped the colony emerge relatively unharmed compared to her neighbors. Warren reveals a new perspective on this chapter of Colonial America and the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largest Indian tribe in southern New England at the time of King Philip’s War. In his book, Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676, Warren explains how Connecticut’s comparatively conservative Indian policies were key in making an alliance with the otherwise hostile Mohegans and Pequots possible.

Major Jason Warren graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army. He served as a Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer with the 10th Military Police Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. Warren received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University and served as an Assistant Professor of History at West Point. In 2012 and 2013, Major Warren served as a strategist and training officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Currently, he is a strategist and the Director, Concepts and Doctrine at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.

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, 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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“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly, and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke those famous words on December 8, 1941, as he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Though the events of December 7th ushered America into World War II, they were hardly the first signs that war was coming. On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, invites you to join us for a Strategic Art Film Program viewing and discussion of the award-winning film, Tora! Tora! Tora!, the Hollywood depiction of events that led up to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and ultimately, American involvement in World War II.

The evening will feature U.S. Army War College Professor Al Lord as film moderator.  He will review the film while guests enjoy a Japanese themed dinner with a complimentary glass of sake. In addition, the event will feature local Pacific theater militaria collections, as well as miniature and model displays highlighting Japanese WWII aircraft. Finally, guests will also have the opportunity to participate in assembling paper models of the famed Japanese Zero fighter plane, which gained its notoriety because of its widespread use during World War II.

Those who wish to participate in the dinner must purchase tickets from Carlisle Barracks MWR and can do so by calling 717-245-3099 or 717-245-4329. Preferred seating is provided for dinner guests, but those who do not wish to purchase dinner are welcome to enjoy the movie for free. 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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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will host the annual “Great Decisions” lecture series beginning on Friday, January 16, 2015. Each lecture will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays through March at USAHEC, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA.

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on World Affairs. In Central Pennsylvania, the program features U.S. Army War College faculty and their expert insight in a weekly series of presentations with question and answer opportunities for the eight most critical issues facing America each year.

This presentation series is free and open to the public. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, the Soldier Experience Gallery, and the Army Heritage Trail, will also be open, as well as Café Cumberland and the Museum Store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is wheelchair accessible.

Date                            Topic                                                              Presenter

January 16                  Brazil’s Metamorphosis                                          Dr. Evan Ellis

January 23                  Human Trafficking in the 21st Century Professor       Carol Horning

January 30                  Privacy in the Digital Age                                      Dr. G. K. Cunningham

February 6                   Sectarianism in the Middle East                             Mr. Bob Hervey

February 13                 Syria’s Refugee Crisis                                           Dr. Larry Goodson

February 20                 Russia and the Near Abroad                                  Dr. Marybeth Ulrich

February 27                 U.S. Policy toward Africa                                      COL Tom Shepard

March 13                     India Changes Course                                          Dr. David Lai  

For weather related schedule changes, please check the U.S. Army War College’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/usawc).

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation has received a grant from the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club to support the Foundation’s Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp in the summer of 2015.  The grant represents a partnership that advances the Spouses Club’s mission  of promoting friendship, fostering a spirit of goodwill at Carlisle Barracks, and supporting outreach and community service projects; as well as the Foundation’s goal of “telling the Army Story, one Soldier at a time”®.

The Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp provides youths in grades 7-10 an opportunity to study history and understand the role of the Soldier in the defense of our nation through a week-long living history experience that recreates the training of a by-gone era. 

 Camp activities are based on historical training manuals, adapted for safety and practicality by the Foundation’s staff of certified teachers and Veterans of the time period, who also serve as the primary instructors.  The camp is conducted on the grounds of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

“Many people have no real understanding of what Soldiers do,” says Army Veteran and Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “We provide an opportunity for children to find out by following in their footsteps.”   In addition to the training, campers eat military rations and spend the days outdoors, just like Soldiers on training exercises do.  “Parents should know that we measure success by how happy, dirty, and tired the campers are at the end of the day.” 

Hawks says last year’s program was highly successful and generated significant positive feedback from participants.  In 2015, the Foundation will be offering three sessions: July 6-10, July 27-30, and August 10-14.  Parents of interested campers should contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or eddirector@armyheritage.org.

The Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp is not funded, sponsored, or managed by the U.S. Army.

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On July 3rd, 1863, under the command of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Major General George Pickett led the ill-fated charge on Union lines on the third day of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg.  Since that time, one of the most famous actions of the Civil War has been immortalized in books, the diaries of Soldiers, and U.S. Army records.  Did you know these items can be the key to unlocking your family’s history? On Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, invites you to join us for a presentation and hands-on workshop about using the USAHEC Collection to discover genealogy through Civil War military records.

The program will feature an in-depth presentation by Mr. Marty Andresen, followed by a hands-on workshop focusing on how to start researching your family’s past using Civil War military records and the USAHEC Collection.  These records include a multitude of primary sources such as unit histories, photograph collections, newspapers, unit records, and numerous manuscript collections.  While this event focuses on Civil War Military Records, it is perfect for genealogists, researchers, and students of all experience levels.

This program kicks off USAHEC’s Winter History Series, which highlights different eras and topics in U.S. Army history through special lectures and hands-on workshops.  The next winter program is the 4th Annual USAHEC Reenactor Recruitment Day, on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Registration is not required, and the lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, the Soldier Experience Gallery, and the Army Heritage Trail, 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 bookstore. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is wheelchair 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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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received two significant grants from The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation and the G.B. Stuart Charitable Foundation to support the expansion of the Visitor Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).  These grants are in addition to a $2 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant awarded to the Foundation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, earlier this year.

“These two grants were critical to our efforts to initiate a construction program in 2015” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “Both 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 existing 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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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to announce the Carter Rila Collection is now available for research. Rila (1938-2009), a fellow of the Company of Military Historians, conducted extensive research on military equipment, gear, and uniforms and collected photographs, postcards, and manuscripts related to U.S. Army history throughout his life.

The Carter Rila Collection at USAHEC primarily consists of photographs and postcards of the Mexican Revolution, to include the U.S. Army’s participation in the Battle of Vera Cruz (1914) and Mexican Border Service (1916-1917). In addition, the collection contains a large quantity of World War I images. The entire Rila Collection covers circa 1891 to circa 1990s. It also includes two small manuscript collections from individual Soldiers and around three hundred stereocards.

The Archives Staff at the U.S. Army Military History Institute, a component of the USAHEC, devoted many hours to preparing the collection for public use in advance of the centennial of the United States entry into World War I, which takes place in 2017. For questions regarding access of the Carter Rila Collection and other research at USAHEC, please see the Research Webpage: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/research.cfm or call the USAHEC Reference Desk: 717-245-3949.

 

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The USAHEC main exhibit gallery and museum store will operate on a modified schedule during the holiday period (Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015). USAHEC will be closed to researchers during this time, and the Café Cumberland will also be closed. The adapted hours are as follows:

Wednesday, December 24 -- Closed to the public

Thursday, December 25 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, December 26 -- Closed to the public

Saturday, December 27 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 28 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Monday, December 29 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, December 30 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 31 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

Thursday, January 1 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, January 2 –  10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Friday, January 2, 2015. Support will be provided to official, Federal Government researchers during this time by appointment only; please call (717) 245-3949 to schedule.

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The USAHEC main exhibit gallery and museum store will operate on a modified schedule during the holiday period (Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015). USAHEC will be closed to researchers during this time, and the Café Cumberland will also be closed. The adapted hours are as follows:

Wednesday, December 24 -- Closed to the public

Thursday, December 25 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, December 26 -- Closed to the public

Saturday, December 27 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 28 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Monday, December 29 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, December 30 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 31 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

Thursday, January 1 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, January 2 –  10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Friday, January 2, 2015. Support will be provided to official, Federal Government researchers during this time by appointment only; please call (717) 245-3949 to schedule.

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Point Of Contact: Judy Scott, 717-245-3099, judy.r.scott.naf@mail.mil

After watching his platoon suffer heavy casualties during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in October 1918, Sergeant Alvin C. York took command and led seven men in a charge on an enemy position.  Because of Sgt. York’s leadership and bravery, the group captured a machine gun nest and enemy soldiers who caused great damage to Allied lines. For his service, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to join us for a Strategic Art Film Program viewing and discussion of Sergeant York, the famed Hollywood depiction of Alvin C. York’s military service during World War I.

The evening will feature Colonel Doug Mastriano serving as moderator. He will review the film while displaying original items from the archaeological site of the famous charge that earned Sgt. York the Medal of Honor. The film will also be accompanied by a dinner with World War I themed food and libations from the different conflict countries. In addition, the event features American and German World War I re-enactors, who will display historical items and discuss the experiences of Soldiers during the war. Finally, guests will also have the opportunity to write a letter to a currently serving member of the Armed Forces using reproduction World War I American Expeditionary Forces letterhead.

Those who wish to participate in the dinner must purchase tickets from Carlisle Barracks MWR and can do so by calling (717) 245-3099 or (717) 245-4329. Preferred seating is provided for dinner guests, but those who do not wish to purchase dinner are welcome to enjoy the movie for free. The dinner menu includes:assorted appetizers, Seafood Bisque, Beef Osso Bucco, herb roasted carrots and potatoes, Creme Brulee, and complimentary glass of Reisling.

 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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Former State Department Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren caused a great uproar after writing the controversial book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. The book’s publication eventually resulted in his dismissal from the Foreign Service. Mr. Van Buren will visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 to present a lecture on his book. The lecture will begin at 7:15 PM in USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center.

Winning hearts and minds is an idea in which mission success is not a function of superior force, but rather emotional and intellectual appeals to gain supporters from the other side of a conflict. In America’s bellicose past, the strategy was alternatively emphasized, implemented, and ignored during war, insurgencies, and other conflicts. The Iraq War (2003-2011) is no exception; the war demonstrated the efficacy of the “hearts and minds” tactic if it is properly put into practice. In his book, former Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren describes, from first-hand experience, how America’s decade-long occupation and the ongoing reconstruction of Iraq was mismanaged, leading to grievous misspending and waste. Van Buren’s lecture will emphasize the military and civilian leadership’s poor planning, disorganization, and lack of forethought for the future of Iraq and its people. He will describe how the U.S. State Department’s good intentions to defeat terrorism led down a road of counterintuitive and frivolous spending. Van Buren’s inside look at the State Department’s misguided efforts span from spending taxpayer money on a sports mural in Baghdad’s most dangerous neighborhood, to pastry classes meant to train women to open cafés on bombed-out streets without water or electricity. Because of ineffective projects and bureaucratic fumbling, the Iraq reconstruction project is remembered as the most expensive hearts-and-minds campaign since the Marshall Plan.

Peter Van Buren is a 24-year veteran Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, who spent a year in Iraq (2009-2010) leading two State Department Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT). He is the author of the books Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent, and We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.

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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Dancing is a key component of Native American culture, and watching a demonstration of the various dances provides an opportunity to better understand traditions. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to welcome performers from the Redhawk Dancers, a part of the Native American Arts Council on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques from all eras and nations in American Indian culture. The dance demonstration will include interactive presentations, where attendees are invited to participate and learn some of the dances!

Each tribe maintains traditions and culture through many distinct styles of dance, and the dancers from the Redhawk Native American Arts Council will combine traditions from various nations to demonstrate traditional and social dances, with verbal interpretation. Some dances are rituals performed during religious and marriage ceremonies or birthday celebrations. Others are performed to help the harvest, to invoke rain, or as a medium of storytelling. Social dances teach tribe history and folklore, and participation is intergenerational, allowing the older tribe members to pass their values and traditions on to the next generation through dance. For additional background on the Redhawk Native American Arts Council Dancers, please see their website: http://redhawkcouncil.org/redhawk-dancers/.

This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM and will conclude around 8:30 PM.  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 and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center were pleased to accept a congratulatory letter from General Bernard Montgomery to then Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley during a donation ceremony at the Center on November 3, 2014. 

The letter, dated June 27, 1944, commended General Bradley and the officers and Soldiers of the 1st US Army for their capture of the port city of Cherbourg, France.  The capture of the port of Cherbourg was one of the most important early objectives for the Allies after the D-Day landings. The planners for Overlord believed that the capture of an intact major port was essential, if they were to be able to build up their forces faster than the Germans.

Mrs. Randi (Hansen) Wood, the daughter of LTC Chet Hansen, General Bradley’s aide de camp during and after World War II, possessed the letter.  Mrs. Wood commented that “my father always believed that his letters should be returned to the Army”   and this letter will join a larger collection of LTC Chet Hansen’s materials the family has already donated to the Army.  

 

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Donation Ceremony

Mr. Mike Perry, Army Heritage Center Foundation;  COL (Retired) Wood; Mrs. Randi (Hansen) Wood; COL Rick Harney, Director, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

 

About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Army Heritage Center Foundation works with the U.S. Army and our supporters to expand the USAHEC campus and enhance its programs. The Foundation, which also serves as the project manager for privately funded construction projects on the campus, constructed the first phase of the Visitor and Education Center, a key component of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus. Opened to the public in 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 currently is seeking support to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center, support construction of the Heritage Center, and create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs.

 

USAHEC is dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served their nation as Soldiers. 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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As part of its Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lectures in Military History Series, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is proud to present a lecture from Colonel (Ret.) Henry Gole entitled, “Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany.” The lecture will begin at 7:15 PM on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Colonel (Ret.) Gole’s books will be on sale, and a book signing will be held after the lecture.

During the rapid changes in Germany in the interwar years, having an insider with connections and expertise to keep tabs on Hitler was the essential link to understanding the politics of the Third Reich.  That essential link was Colonel Truman Smith. In his latest book, Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany, Colonel (Ret.) Henry Gole presents a meaningful look at one of the many unsung heroes of World War II, against the backdrop of the tempestuous history of Germany in the mid-20th century. Gole explores both Colonel Smith’s fascinating career gathering key intelligence behind the scenes in Hitler’s Germany and Smith’s professional career and personal life before and during the Third Reich. Gole goes on to recount the story of this virtually unknown U.S. Army officer and his key role in the development of U.S military planning before and during World War II.

Colonel Henry G. Gole., USA (Ret.), Ph.D., a former Green Beret, fought in Korea and served two tours in Vietnam as a Special Forces officer. He has taught at West Point, the U.S. Army War College, the University of Maryland, Dickinson College, and Franklin & Marshall College.  Some of his published work includes The Road to Rainbow: Army Planning for Global War, 1934-1940 and Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places.

All Brooks E. Kleber Memorial 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. Parking is free, 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 will hold its 7th Annual Recognition and Membership Dinner at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 8, 2014.  Honorees include the G.B. Stuart Charitable Foundation of Carlisle; PA, Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr.; and the American Gold Star Mothers.  The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet will provide a musical tribute to our honorees and the evening will include a silent auction.

The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation will receive the MG John Armstrong Award. This award, named after one of the founders of Carlisle, PA, recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation has provided significant financial support to the Foundation’s efforts in constructing the public components of the Visitors Center on the USAHEC campus.

Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr. is the longest serving Secretary of the Army or Secretary of War in our Nation’s history.  He will receive the Living Legend Award for his unwavering service to our Nation and its Army.  A World War II and Vietnam War veteran, Marsh also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Commonwealth of Virginia, before been selected as Secretary of the Army during the Reagan and Bush Administrations (1981-1989). He helped to shape the Army of the 1980s and return the Army focus to its historical roots.

The American Gold Star Mothers will accept the Boots on the Ground Award which recognizes individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families. The Gold Star Mothers is a national organization composed of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.  Since 1928, its members have helped to lessen the pain of others and promote patriotism within their community.  Representing the national organization will be their past president, Mrs. Barbara Benard, and local Gold Star Mothers.

 

The Dinner

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet will provide musical entertainment for the evening.  Since its inception in 1972, the United States Army Brass Quintet has performed for a wide variety of audiences and dignitaries in more than 39 states and 12 foreign countries.

The Quintet eagerly sought out this event because they wanted to amplify the recognition of the Foundation’s awardees – former Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr. and the Gold Star Mothers.

In addition to the dinner and musical program, the Foundation will also conduct a silent auction to raise funds to support its programs during the year.  More than 70 items have been donated.  Highlights include autographed items by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Heath Miller, Brandon Sutter, Franco Harris, LeSean McCoy, Joe Theismann, and Adam Jones, a publisher proof of The Black Hats, by Don Troiani, tickets to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Disney World tickets, and a Gibson Les Paul Signature T Alpine White Burst Guitar.

The annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s ability in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are also 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.armyheritagegiving.org.

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From June 1864 to March 1865, the hard-bitten Civil War veterans of the Union and Confederate armies converged on the Virginia town of Petersburg. The resulting siege remains the longest in American history, inflicting nine brutal months of trench warfare on the soldiery of both sides. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present the third lecture in the 47th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. Dr. Richard Sommers will present the lecture entitled, “Richmond Redeemed: The Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg,” focusing on lessons in leadership at corps, army, theater, and national levels of command.

Union forces, commanded by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, assaulted the reeling Confederates under the indomitable General Robert E. Lee, but the unsuccessful attack forced the Federals into more than thirty miles of muddy trenches surrounding the city. The Siege at Petersburg ultimately involved more than 180,000 soldiers, thirty percent of which became casualties. Grant only realized victory after dwindling resources forced General Lee to abandon Petersburg and Richmond in April 1865, leading to his retreat and surrender at Appomattox Court House.

Dr. Sommers served the U.S. Army Military History Institute at the Carlisle Barracks for over twenty years as Chief Archivist and Military Historian and won the U.S. Army War College’s Harold K. Johnson Professor of Military History in 2007 and 2008. He served in various positions in the archives and patron series at USAHEC. He teaches American history courses at the U.S. Army War College and has made numerous television appearances. Dr. Sommers has written over 100 books, articles, entries, and reviews, primarily on the Civil War. Richmond Redeemed: The Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg is his most recent work and highlights the courageous leadership skills demonstrated by Generals Grant and Lee and their men during the harsh fighting of the Siege of Petersburg.

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 the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet will perform at its 7th Annual Recognition and Membership Dinner on November 8, 2014 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle. 

This is the third time that the Brass Quintet, an element of The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” has performed at the Foundation’s dinner. The Quintet is the first to honor new presidents with the traditional “Hail to the Chief” on live national broadcasts and frequently performs at the White House, presidential inauguration events, and at official state ceremonies in the Nation’s capital. Since its inception in 1972, the United States Army Brass Quintet has performed for a wide variety of audiences and dignitaries in more than 39 states and 12 foreign countries.

The Quintet eagerly sought out this event because they wanted to amplify the recognition of the Foundation’s awardees – former Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr. and the American Gold Star Mothers.

See the U.S. Army Band Brass Quintet’s website for additional information and examples of their music at http://www.usarmyband.com/brass-quintet/the-us-army-brass-quintet.html.

The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm with a reception and silent auction.  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.armyheritagegiving.org.

About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center 

The Army Heritage Center Foundation works with the U.S. Army and our supporters to expand the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) campus and enhance its programs. The Foundation, which also serves as the project manager for privately funded construction projects on the campus, completed its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010 with construction of the first phase 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. In the fall of 2011, the Foundation launched its Build on Success capital campaign to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center.

The Foundation’s development program seeks grants and donations to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center, support construction of the Heritage Center, and create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits by providing teachers educational material from the USAHEC collection, 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 their 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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When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, the old flag should be "retired" with all the dignity and respect befitting our Nation's colors.  In what has become a local tradition, the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Marine Corps League Det. 524 of Carlisle will conduct its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.  The ceremony’s guest speaker will be the U.S. Army War College’s Command Sergeant Major, CSM Malcolm D. Parrish.

This year’s event will occur at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on October 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

This event has become engrained in community history as an event to pay homage and tribute to our country, our flag, and those who serve it. Those who attend will walk away with a great sense of pride and more educated about our country and our flag. Respect, Honor, and Tradition will be showcased at this great community event. Please bring any flags that need to be retired to this event.

For more information about this free public event, please contact Jim Washington of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Marine Corps League Det. 524 at 717-226-1966.

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