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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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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that Governor Tom Corbett today awarded a $2 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to the Foundation to facilitate the continued expansion of the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).   

“This expansion helps USAHEC better educate the Army public about the service and sacrifice of our Soldiers and furthers the U.S. Army War College support of the Army’s strategic outreach initiatives” said MG (Retired) Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

The grant proposal for the expansion project was developed with the support of the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority and the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation as a means to improve the local economy and promote tourism. The federal government’s construction of the Conservation Facility on USAHEC’s campus served as a match for the Foundation’s grant request.  The Economic Growth Initiative Grant will support construction activities only; the Foundation is responsible for meeting qualifying requirements and all other costs associated with the project.

The expansion of the Visitor Center will provide 37,000 additional square feet to support continued growth in visitation and programs.  Enhancements include an exhibit and interpretative gallery to highlight soldier art; two 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 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 Army Heritage Center Foundation's Request for Proposal is now available on this site. Questions from potential contractors are due September 22, 2014. Answers to those questions will be provided on this site by September 26, 2014. Proposals are due by 4 :00 p.m. (EST) on October 17, 2014. Finalists will be identified on October 29, 2014. Finalist interviews and conference calls will follow. Contract selection will be made on November 8, 2014. 

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On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the United States Army War College will

conduct a remembrance ceremony to honor the fallen, the first responders,

and the survivors of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The event

will take place in front of Root Hall, on Carlisle Barracks, and will begin

at 8:30 a.m.  The ceremony will include bell chimes to correspond with the

times of the attacks, bell ringers to represent each community being

honored, a laying of a wreath, and the playing of Taps.  The public is welcome

to attend the event.

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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 7th Recognition Dinner and Silent Auction at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 8, 2014.

Awardees

  • MG John Armstrong Award:  The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation
  • Living Legend Award: Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr.
  • Boots on the Ground Awardees: The American Gold Star Mothers

Background

The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation will receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  It is named for MG John Armstrong(1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation.  The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation has been an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s efforts and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center 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 also served as counsel for the Ford Administration. He helped to shape the Army of the 1980s and return the Army focus to its roots.

The past national President and representatives of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers will accept the 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. 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.

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.armyheritagegiving.org.

About the Foundation and the 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. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

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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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the United States Office of Personnel Management formally admitted the Foundation into the Fall 2014 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.

The 2014 campaign season marks the Foundation’s second consecutive appearance within the CFC program which will solicit financial support for the Foundation’s programs.  The Office of Personnel Management’s acceptance 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, and the public.

“In order to qualify for CFC, participating charities must demonstrate that the services they perform aid citizens from all over the U.S., not just local or regional residents,” explained Foundation Executive Director Mike Perry.  “We are pleased to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading charities again this year.  The Foundation is planning to reach out to federal employees through CFC-sponsored events to build on the support we received last 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 44284.

Funds collected through the CFC program will support the Foundation’s educational programs and efforts to promote and enhance the public facilities of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The Foundation is currently leading a fundraising initiative to expand the Visitor and Education Center that opened in 2011. 

About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage & 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 the 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. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

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

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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Over this summer Samantha Weiss, a student intern from Elizabethtown College, explored the origins of NATO and its relevancy today.  Her assessment – NATO is not relevant today.  While NATO’s origins were based upon the Western Powers perception of the threat posed by the Soviet Union and the weakness of the United Nations; that perception is no longer valid.   Click here to see her argument. 

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The U.S. military forces are faced with ever changing threats as the community of nations moves further from the post-Cold War world.  At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present the first lecture in the 47th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series.  Dr. Jack Jarmon will present a lecture entitled, “The New Era in U.S. National Security: Changing Technological Patterns of Geopolitical and Economic Competition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age.”  The talk will look at the new types of battlefields impacting U.S. national security in the rise of the information age.  The lecture will connect a historical perspective of national security to Dr. Jarmon’s latest book, The New Era in U.S. National Security: Introduction to Emerging Threats and Challenges.

Scholar and author Dr. Jack Jarmon will discuss the need to bridge the gap between industrial age defense policies and the new complexities presented by the global reach of the information age.  Beginning by forming a historical perspective of Cold War politics, Dr. Jarmon will transition into the past decade of asymmetric warfare and technology’s impact on institutions and policy makers.  He will culminate the discussion by highlighting the cyber warfare threat of the crime-terrorist nexus as the latest emerging threat to U.S. national security.

Dr. Jack Jarmon started his career studying Soviet and Russian affairs at Fordham University and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.  He is fluent in Russian and holds a doctorate degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers.  He taught international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University, where he was also Associate Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data.  He was the USAID technical advisor for the Russian government in the mid-1990s.  His private sector career includes global consultant firms, technology companies, financial institutions, and was the Director of Strategic Alliances at Nortel Networks, Brampton, Ontario.

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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Molly Guptill has a book coming out in December entitled, When Books Went to War, which tells how the War Department distributed over 140 million books (1300+ titles) to the men in the services during World War II.  It is being published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  

Her publisher is arranging a special feature on CBS Sunday Morning about WWII's Armed Services Editions and CBS would like to interview World War II veterans who recall reading these books while at war.  World War II veterans who might be willing to be interviewed (CBS will come to them, so location is not an issue). can contact Molly at whenbookswenttowar@gmail.com

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For years prior to the globe-shattering events of World War II, relations between Japan and China simmered until the brutal Japanese invasion in 1937.  Spanning eight years, the conflict catapulted China to prominence on the world stage as Chinese fighters helped to defeat the Imperial Japanese Army.  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is proud to present a lecture as part of the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Series from Mr. Richard B. Frank entitled, “China in World War II: New History; New Perspectives for Today.”  Mr. Frank will use new scholarship to propose a nuanced account of the competitors for power within China and restore appreciation for the massive human and economic costs of the struggle.  The lecture will be in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center at 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2014. 

As a U.S. Army Veteran and historian with expertise in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Frank will apply new evidence accumulated during his research for his upcoming Asia-Pacific War trilogy to shed light on the eight-year skirmish with Japan. The new information, uncovered by scholars in the past two decades, reshapes the conventional narrative of the “War of Resistance” as China’s role in World War II.  Mr. Frank’s lecture will address China’s participation in World War II, how that history influences Chinese views of the world, and how an understanding of China’s actual contributions during the war may help inform the United States’ current views of the country. 

Richard B. Frank is a 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri.  Following graduation, Mr. Frank spent four years in the United States Army, during which time he completed a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.  He went on to graduate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.  In 1990, he published his first book, Guadalcanal, and completed his second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, in 1999. In 2007, he completed MacArthur, as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series.  Mr. Frank is the winner of both the William Greene Award and Harry S. Truman Book Award.  He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945.  

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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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA is excited to host the second annual Mysteries in Military History Day. Last year’s popular event helped visitors identify a variety of items including a family member’s uniforms from the Spanish-American War and a 1830’s Pennsylvania longrifle handed down through generations. Staff members are eager to continue the tradition of helping visitors understand the historical mysteries in their lives. USAHEC would like to help answer these questions and invites you to bring in your mysterious items pertaining to Army history, on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Let the professionals help you begin your research into unknown items!

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

Please note that firearms are welcome, but they must be unloaded and will be checked and marked by safety personnel prior to entering the building.  Those planning on attending the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check.  They will need to provide their name, contact information, time of arrival, and information about the weapon they plan to bring. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event.  If you are unsure whether an item is safe to bring, please call 717-245-3972.  Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and free to attend. The event will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in USAHEC’s Multipurpose Rooms. Parking is free, and both Café Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit the website: www.usahec.org.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is sponsoring a new exhibit Veterans: The Paintings of Nina Talbot at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Nina is New York City artist who brings a special perspective to telling Soldiers’ stories and is the first civilian artist to have an exhibit at an Army Museum.  The exhibit’s public opening is on July 17 at 4:30 p.m. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public.

In her new series of paintings entitled Veterans, artist Nina Talbot paints unseen and rarely told personal stories of American veterans. The portraits reflect Soldiers and the wars they served in to create an image that shows how a Soldier’s identity becomes enmeshed with their wartime experience. Using translucent layers of paint, the artist portrays the Soldiers’ faces superimposed and surrounded with combat and landscape scenes, friends who never returned home, images of civilians, and scenes from Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Somalia, Vietnam, and European countries. Through this work, we see how Veterans’ identities become shaped and defined.  Elements of the paintings highlight the Veterans’ lives before and after deployment. This series of paintings highlight that to understand war; we must understand the experiences of the individual men and women who served.

This collection of work is a “visual oral history”, and allows the viewer to gain an appreciation of the lives of Veterans. The paintings convey the pressing need for a civilian understanding of the realities and experiences of Veterans from current and past generations. The paintings work to bridge the gap between civilian and military life so that the public can appreciate Veterans’ struggles and give proper recognition to our nation’s service men and women. Through images, voices, and writing, we learn of the kinship created when a Soldier puts their life on the line for fellow warriors and both the pride and struggles that follow Veterans throughout their lives. The paintings reveal how Veterans are permanently shaped by their service; in this way, a Veteran never stops being a Soldier.

Two Veterans that Nina’s paintings highlight will attend the opening ceremony.  Anthony Wallace served as an infantryman in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division, and Sandra Rolon served as a military policeman in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce the Leadership in History awards committee of for American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) has selected the exhibit: A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863 for a 2014 AASLH Award of Merit. Each year, the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) receives nominations for the leadership in history awards for exhibits, publications, and projects that represent achievement in history. They are among the nation's most prestigious awards.

A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863 is the story of people and identified Soldiers who fought and died in the critical year of the Civil War. The detailed experiences of fourteen Soldiers and thirty other military and civilian individuals are highlighted through their original artifacts, documents, and images presented in a high quality exhibit using historically outfitted mannequins, interactive elements, and traditional display methods. Visitors can see the War through their eyes and their words. The objective is to inspire and educate military personnel, veterans, and the nation about the Soldiers and battles of that very pivotal year in American history. 

The exhibit was developed, designed, and installed by the USAHEC/Museum team and draw on the rich collections of artifacts, archives, and photographs of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Military History Institute.

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