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An Evening With General David Petraeus, USA Retired

 December 13, 2018

West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, PA

Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Program at 7:00 p.m.

Reservations required  by November 28, 2018

  • Tickets: $125 per person

 

 Purchase Tickets Now

 

 To purchase tickets by mail, please send payment with attendees names (and dietary restrictions if applicable) to:

 

Army Heritage Center Foundation

P.O. Box 839, Carlisle, PA 17013

 

For more information, please contact Amanda Neal

Phone: (717) 258-1102 or

Email: ahcfadmin@armyheritage.org

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation conducted its 11th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 3rd at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  With two hundred of its friends and supporters present, the Foundation recognized the service CWO4 Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1SG Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired.

Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1st Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired, received the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for their contributions as Soldiers throughout their careers but with a focus on their service during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.  

Mike Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent.  During Gothic Serpent in October 1993, he was briefly held prisoner after the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down. While his capture and recovery are events that brought him to the public’s attention, his service as a medivac pilot in Korea and his more than 15 years’ service with SOAR is in keeping with the motto of his unit – Night Stalkers Never Quit.

Matt Eversmann led a Ranger unit (Chalk Four) in the eighteen hour Battle of Mogadishu for which he received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device. Before he retired from active military duty in 2008 after 20 years of service, Eversmann served an additional 7 years with the Ranger Regiment from 2006 to 2007 and served as a First Sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division that deployed for eighteen months in Iraq. He taught at the U.S. Army War College and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Battle of Mogadishu.   

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation awarded the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) with the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  MG Clayton Hutmacher, President of the SWOF accepted the award.

SOWF supports Special Operations personnel from all U.S. military branches by providing full financial assistance for college education, counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their lives in the line-of-duty.  Since its inception almost 40 years ago, SOWF has provided college tuition for almost 1,300 children of Special Operations personnel and assisted 1,100 wounded personnel.

Finally, LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired received the MG John Armstrong Award.  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. For the past three decades, Colonel Andresen has been an ardent supporter of USAHEC’s archives and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center through the preservation and accessibility of Army technical manuals and regulations. After 28 years of active duty, Colonel Andresen volunteered at USAHEC full time for 25 years. 

 

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Twenty-five years ago, two Army Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. Soldiers died during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. On October 15, beginning at 7:15 p.m., an advanced premiere of U.S. release of the documentary Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story of the Battle of Mogadishu will be shown at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the heroic actions of the Soldiers from Task Force 2-14 (10th Mountain Division). These Soldiers, who were deployed to Somalia to support United Nations humanitarian operations, demonstrated extraordinary courage, skill, and discipline as they fought their way through the streets of Mogadishu, and into a “baited ambush” to rescue the 99 men from Task Force Ranger—special operations troops who were surrounded by more than 1,000 well-armed hostile forces.

This film describes the role that Task Force 2-14 played in the rescue of the 99 Rangers and Delta operators.  Task Force 2-14 was comprised of 341 Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division, 16 Rangers, and 8 Delta operators — not how it was portrayed in the film and in several books. This new interpretation of the 18 hour battle is why the documentary is called “the untold story.”

However, the documentary tries to add another interpretation to this complex story. All U. S. forces who fought on and above the streets of Mogadishu on 3-4 October 1993 were heroes. 

After 25 years, the soldiers from 10th Mountain Division deserve to have their story told.

This documentary film is based on numerous written accounts from participants, command post logs, official after-action reports, and interviews with more than 30 soldiers involved in the battle, including:

         all senior commanders, many NCOs, and enlisted men from TF 2-14

         senior Delta operator in the battle

         liaison officer between TF Ranger to TF 2-14

         commander of the special operations helicopters

         10th Mountain Division Assistant Commander

 

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

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — 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 USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe. 

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

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 honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.6 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

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Over four-hundred middle-school students will team up with local Veterans while touring the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle on Friday, September 21.  The students will spend the day at the Center with the Veterans exploring the mile-long Army Heritage Trail learning about the history of our nation and the men and women who served in the military in times of war and adversity.

“There’s no better way to learn about history than from the people who lived through it,” says Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks. “The exhibits at USAHEC provide the perfect backdrop for Veterans to share their stories of service and sacrifice.”

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is hosting the program with the tremendous support of our sponsors.  Humana is the premier sponsor for the event.  “Humana approached us about doing something for Veterans and local youths,” Hawks says.  “This event grew out of that conversation.”  Hawks notes that Starbucks, Giant, and Filson Water are also sponsoring the event, providing food and beverages for the veterans.

The event will also mark National POW/MIA Day and will feature Mr. Bill Dangro, a Korean War veteran and former POW.  Mr. Dangro was captured in December of 1950 and held for 33 months before his release at the end of the war.

Veterans of all eras and services are invited to participate.   For more information or to sign up, contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

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

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — 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 USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

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 honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.6 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

 

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Twenty-five years ago two Army Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. Soldiers died during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. The Army Heritage Center Foundation wants to honor and recognize those who fought during that battle at its 11th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 3, 2018.  The dinner, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, will also recognize those that support our Nation’s Soldiers and those that support the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

 

Honorees

  • Living Legend Award: CWO4 Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1SG Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Special Operations Warrior Foundation
  • MG John Armstrong Award: LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired

 

Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1st Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired will receive the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for their contributions as Soldiers during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.  Their individual achievements deserve recognition and serve as an inspiration for others.

 

Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent, in which he was briefly held prisoner in 1993 after a raid in Somalia in which the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal. He is also the author of In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers.

 

Eversmann led a Ranger unit (Chalk Four) with little combat experience in the eighteen hour Battle of Mogadishu for which he received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device. Before he retired from active military duty in 2008 after 20 years of service, Eversmann served eighteen months in Iraq where he led an elite Army Ranger force. He taught at the U.S. Army War College and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Battle of Mogadishu.

 

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation has selected Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) to receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  SOWF supports Special Operations personnel from all U.S. military branches by providing full financial assistance for college education, counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their lives in the line-of-duty and also provides immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized Special Operations personnel and their families.  Since its inception almost 40 years ago, SOWF has provided college tuition for almost 1,300 children of Special Operations personnel and assisted 1,100 wounded personnel.

 

LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired will also receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  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. For the past three decades, Colonel Andresen has been an ardent supporter of USAHEC’s archives and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center through the preservation and accessibility of Army tech manuals and regulations. After 28 years of active duty, Colonel Andresen volunteered at USAHEC full time for 25 years.

 

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.®”   

 

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

 

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, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation has been approved as a participant charity in the Combined Federal Campaign for the sixth continuous year.  The Combined Federal Campaign is the workplace charity campaign for current and retired federal employees and military service members.  The campaign solicits contributions, through payroll deductions, for charities which have been reviewed and approved by the CFC, based on the charities’ work.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation can be found in the CFC listings under Military Support Groups of America.  Its code is #44284.

 

The Foundation supports the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), a component of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.   USAHEC is dedicated to “Telling the Army Story…One Soldier at a Time.”®  The Army Heritage Center Foundation builds the public components of USAHEC, enhances its programs and collections, and promotes the visitation to the venue.

 

Individuals who are not current or retired federal employees and are interested in learning more about the Foundation should call (717) 258-1102.

 

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Join us on December 13, 2018 for 

An Evening with General David Petraeus, USA Retired

at the West Shore Country Club, 

Camp Hill, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

For additional information about this event, to receive a formal invitation, or to purchase tickets, please contact Amanda Neal at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org

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Perspectives in Military History Lecture

at USAHEC

Three Battalions in May

Army Combat Operations during the Communist "Mini-Tet" Offensive

Dr. Erik Villard

U.S. Army Center of Military History

 

On January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese and their allies launched one of the largest, and most deadly, campaigns of the Vietnam War. With attacks across fronts spanning from the North/South Vietnam Boarder to Saigon, the country-wide campaign that became known as the Tet Offensive initially shocked the U.S Army. Less well known is the “Mini Tet” offensive in May of 1968 in which American and Allied counterattacks knocked the North Vietnamese off balance. On September 19th, 2018, at 7:15 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will host Dr. Erik Villard of the Center of Military History. Dr. Villard will give a talk entitled “Three Battalions in May: Army Combat Operations during the Communist ‘Mini-Tet’ Offensive.” The lecture will focus on additional research he completed based off his work for the book, Combat Operations: Staying the Course, October 1967-September 1968.

 

Dr. Villard will explore the May Offensive through the experience of three units: the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Khe Sanh and Dong Ha; the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry; 196th Infantry Brigade at Kham Duc; and the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry (Mechanized) at An Bao. Their actions led to the success of allied counteroffensives following Tet, forcing the Communists to change and scale back their plans for the May Offensive in I Corps and northern II Corps. Dr. Villard incorporated numerous interviews he conducted with Veterans from all three units, as well as the leadership of their higher headquarters, into his books and presentation.

 

Dr. Erik B. Villard graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with degrees in history and English literature, later earning a master’s degree and Ph. D in history from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has worked for the U.S. Army Center of Military History since 2000 and has devoted his personal time to helping Vietnam War Veterans through history-oriented social media groups. Over the last few years, he has become involved in digital humanities, applying graphic design software, 3D modeling programs, geospatial information systems, and audio-video production to the field of military history. He is also the author of several books and articles about the Vietnam War, including Staying the Course: October 1967 to September 1968, and The 1968 Tet Offensive Battles of Quang Tri City and Hue.

 

DATE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

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

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Speech Given by General Frederick Franks, Jr., USA Retired

USAHEC CARLISLE PA

ARMY BIRTHDAY 2 JUNE 2018

 

YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SURPRISE AN OLD CAVALRYMAN, BOB! (MG ROBERT SCALES, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AHEC FOUNDATION). I AM SURPRISED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY GENEROUS AND WARM INTRODUCTION. THANK YOU AS WELL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMY HERITAGE CENTER FOUNDATION BOARD AND TO ALL YOUR BOARD MEMBERS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO ENABLE THIS MAGNIFICENT ARMY CENTER TO TELL THE ARMY STORY ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME. THERE COULD NOT BE ANY MORE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY. THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR BOARD ALL THOSE IN AHEC FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE. IT IS GREAT TO SEE YOU AND DIANA AGAIN TONIGHT.

 

FELLOW WEST POINT CLASSMATES HERE, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, FELLOW VETERANS, THOSE SERVING TODAY WITH SUCH COURAGE AND SELFLESSNESS AND YOUR FAMILIES. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

 

I AM HUMBLED AND HONORED TO BE HERE. THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING DENISE AND ME BACK HOME. I SAID TO DENISE WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND SOME TIME THAN TO RETURN TO OUR NATIVE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA TO TALK ABOUT THE US ARMY? WE GREW UP JUST 70 MILES EAST OF HERE JUST OUTSIDE READING. WE WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL, WILSON HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATED IN 1954. SO, IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK HOME. 59 YEARS AGO, TOMORROW 3 JUNE MY CLASSMATES AND I RAISED OUR RIGHT HAND AND SWORE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION JUST AS THESE SEVEN YOUNG PEOPLE DID EARLIER ENLISTING INTO THE US ARMY. THREE DAYS LATER DENISE AND I WERE MARRIED AND WILL CELEBRATE OUR 59TH ANNIVERSARY NEXT WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE.

 

NOW FREQUENTLY, ESPECIALLY AFTER AN INTRODUCTION LIKE THAT I GET A LITTLE TOO FULL OF MYSELF, A LITTLE PUMPED UP AND I HAVE ASKED DENISE THIS QUESTION BEFORE, HOW MANY GREAT MEN DO YOU THINK THERE ARE IN THIS WORLD? AND SHE HAS A READY ANSWER FOR THAT QUESTION. SHE ALWAYS SAYS, ONE LESS THAN YOU THINK THERE ARE FRED. SOMETIMES I GET A LITTLE TOO FULL OF MYSELF AND ASK DENISE HOW MANY GREAT MEN THERE ARE IN THE WORLD AND SHE QUICKLY ANSWERS, ONE LESS THAN YOU THINK THERE ARE, FRED.

 

HAPPY 243D BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES ARMY!!

 

OUR US ARMY IS OLDER THAN OUR NATION IT SERVES SO PROUDLY. SINCE 14 JUNE 1775, (AND YOU CAN READ THE JOURNAL ENTRY INSIDE YOUR DINNER PROGRAM) AN UNBROKEN LEGACY OF SOLDIERS, DRAWN FROM ACROSS THE STRONG DIVERSITY THAT IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BEING THERE FOR OUR NATION TO WIN OUR INDEPENDENCE AND DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS AND WAY OF LIFE, HERE ON THIS CONTINENT, THEN AROUND THE WORLD DOWN TO THIS DAY 2 JUNE 2018.

 

WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE AND REFLECT ON THAT CENTERPIECE, THAT KEYSTONE OF OUR JOINT FORMATIONS. THAT ROCK OF OUR NATION’S DEFENSE OF OUR LIBERTIES. THE WORLD’S BEST LAND FORCE. THE US ARMY. HAPPY 243D BIRTHDAY!!

 

NOW I AM NOT A HISTORIAN BUT I LIKE OT HANG OUT WITH THEM, A PHRASE I BORROWED FROM GENERAL CARL VUONO WHO I HEARD USE IT MANY TIMES.

SO, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT HISTORY, SOME THAT WE ALL HAVE STUDIED, THEN SOME I WAS PRIVILEGED TO LIVE MYSELF, AND TOGETHER SEE WHAT THAT REVEALS ABOUT THE ETHOS OF OUR ARMY OVER THESE 243 YEARS.

 

OUR NATION AND OUR ARMY BEGAN WITH IDEALS OF LIBERTY, OF SELF GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS, OF WHAT JEFFERSON WOULD LATER CALL “WE THE PEOPLE” AND LINCOLN A “GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE”.

 

THOSE IDEALS CLASHED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF KING GEORGE III LEADING TO ARMED RESISTANCE AT LEXINGTON AND CONCORD ON THE 17TH OF APRIL OF 1775. LEADERS IN NEW ENGLAND SOON PETITIONED THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS IN PHILADELPHIA TO FORM AN ARMY TO UNITE THE COLONIAL MILITIAS AT BOSTON UNDER A NATIONAL COMMAND. ON 14 JUNE 1775, THAT CONGRESS DIRECTED FORMING OF 10 REGIMENTS OF EXPERT INFANTRY UNDER NATIONAL AUTHORITY, SIX FROM PENNSYLVANIA, TWO FROM MARYLAND, AND TWO FROM VIRGINIA. I MIGHT ADD AS A POINT OF PENNSYLVANIA PRIDE THAT THE RESPONSE WAS SO GREAT IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT THREE MORE COMPANIES WERE FORMED. ALL 13 REPORTED TO BOSTON TO FORM THE NUCLEUS OF THIS NEW CONTINENTAL ARMY. ON 15 JUNE GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS NAMED COMMANDER IN CHIEF. HE RAPIDLY MOVED TO BOSTON WITHOUT FIRST GOING HOME OR SAYING GOOD BYE TO HIS WIFE, AND ASSUMED COMMAND THERE ON 3 JULY 1775.

 

243 YEARS AGO, THAT NATIONAL US ARMY WAS ESSENTIAL TO WINNING OUR FREEDOMS. THE FIRST TO FIGHT. THE HISTORIAN DAVID MCCULLOUGH SAID IN HIS BOOK 1776: “BUT IN THE LAST ANALYSIS IT WAS WASHINGTON AND THE ARMY THAT WON THE WAR FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. THE FATE OF THE WAR AND THE REVOLUTION RESTED ON THE ARMY. THE CONTINENTAL ARMY … WAS THE KEY TO VICTORY.

 

AMERICA CAN BE PROUD OF HER ARMY FROM THOSE BEGINNINGS TO THIS DAY. EACH GENERATION OF AMERICANS HAS STEPPED UP TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTY, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON WHO, WHEN APPOINTED COMMANDER IN CHIEF, SAID WITH GREAT HUMILITY BUT ALSO WITH TOTAL COMMITMENT, “I FEEL GREAT DISTRESS…THAT MY ABILITIES AND MILITARY EXPERIENCE MAY NOT BE EQUAL TO THE EXTENSIVE AND IMPORTANT TRUST: HOWEVER AS CONGRESS DESIRE IT, I WILL ENTER UPON THE MOMENTOUS DUTY AND EXERT EVERY POWER I POSES IN THEIR SERVICE AND FOR SUPPORT OF THEIR GLORIOUS CAUSE…” JOHN ADAMS WOULD DESCRIBE WASHINGTON TO HIS WIFE: AS MODEST, VIRTUOUS, AMIABLE, GENEROUS, AND BRAVE.

 

WHAT OF THE GENERATION SERVING NOW? ALMOST 470,000 ACTIVE ARMY SOLDIERS WITH ALMOST 30,000 MOBILIZED FROM USAR AND ARNG. 109,000 OF THOSE SOLDIERS SERVE OVERSEAS IN OVER 140 COUNTRIES, MANY IN HARM’S WAY AS WE ALL KNOW; ANOTHER 69,000 IN THE USA AND OUR TERRITORIES SUPPORT COMBATANT COMMANDS. ACCOMPLISHING TOUGH NATIONAL SECURITY MISSIONS: IN KOREA, IRAQ, SYRIA, EASTERN EUROPE, AFRICA, AND THE NOW ALMOST 17 YEAR-LONG WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THEIR FAMILIES HERE AT HOME, SELFLESSLY SERVING, VOLUNTEERING, RAISING FAMILIES, WORKING IN THEIR OWN CAREERS. OUR OWN GRANDSON MICKEY BOZEK IS A CPT IN 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION WITH HIS FAMILY. COULD I ASK ALL THOSE SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY TO PLEASE STAND WITH YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. (APPLAUSE). THANK YOU.

 

THESE CHAPTERS IN OUR ARMY HISTORY ARE BEING WRITTEN ABOUT THOSE TOUGH MISSIONS, DEFENDING AMERICAN LIBERTY, ARCHIVED RIGHT HERE AT AHEC, ‘ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME’ AS THE INSPIRING MOTTO SAYS. AHEC ENSURES WE RECORD, REMEMBER, AND KNOW OUR INSPIRING HISTORY AND CELEBRATE THAT SELFLESS SERVICE, THAT NOBILITY OF COURAGE TO DEFEND WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR.

 

THE NOBLE SERVICE TO THOSE IDEALS OF LIBERTY AND SELF GOVERNMENT SINCE THOSE EARLY BEGINNINGS ARE OUR US ARMY CREDENTIALS, THIS UNIQUE INSTITUTION OF AMERICA, SO NOBLY SERVING AND FULFILLING DAILY THE TRUST OF OUR PEOPLE, BEARING TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE OUR FOUNDING BODY OF IDEAS IN OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND OUR CONSTITUTION. WE FOLLOW THE “THIS WE’LL DEFEND” MOTTO ON OUR ARMY FLAG DRAWN FROM THE 1776 WAR OFFICE SEAL AND SET ABOVE THE LIBERTY CAP. WHAT IS IT THAT WE’LL DEFEND? IT IS OUR LIBERTY, OUR UNITED STATES, OUR CONSTITUTION.

 

OUR ARMY DOES MANY GREAT THINGS FOR OUR NATION. BUT I BELIEVE THE MOST IMPORTANT DUTY IT DOES IS TO FIGHT AND WIN OR STAY READY TO DO THAT TO FULFILL OUR TRUST TO THAT MOTTO, ‘THIS WE’LL DEFEND’ AND TO OUR CONSTITUTION.

 

THIS NOBLE SERVICE IS CAPTURED BY GEN CREIGHTON ABRAMS’ STATEMENT INSCRIBED ON THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE HERE AT CARLISLE, JUST OUT SIDE ROOT HALL, AWC. THERE MUST BE, WITHIN OUR ARMY, A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND A DEDICATION TO THAT PURPOSE. THERE MUST BE A WILLINGNESS TO MARCH A LITTLE FARTHER, TO CARRY A HEAVIER LOAD, TO STEP OUT INTO THE DARKNESS AND THE UNKNOWN FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OTHERS.”

 

OUR ARMY’S HISTORY INDEED HAS BEEN WRITTEN ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME.

 

AT TRENTON AFTER DEFEATS ACROSS NYC AND NEW JERSEY, FROM LATE DECEMBER 1776 TO EARLY JANUARY 1777, WASHINGTON AND HIS SOLDIERS, ROSE TO THE OCCASION, THEIR TOUGH MISSION, AND HARSH WINTER CONDITIONS. THEY “STEPPED OUT INTO THAT DARKNESS”. NO COMPLAINING, NO WHINING. JUST FIND A WAY TO WIN. THEY DID SO AT TRENTON IN SPITE OF THE DEFEATIST ATTITUDE OF MANY OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN READY TO GIVE UP THE CAUSE. THEY MADE A DIFFERENCE AND TURNED THE TIDE OF HISTORY. THEN, AFTER THAT BATTLE, AND A SECOND WINTER CROSSING OF THE DELAWARE, WASHINGTON APPEALED TO HIS SOLDIERS AS ENLISTMENTS WERE ABOUT TO RUN OUT, ‘YOU HAVE WORN YOURSELVES OUT WITH FATIGUE AND HARDSHIPS, BUT WE KNOW NOT HOW TO SPARE YOU. IF YOU WILL CONSENT TO STAY ONE MONTH LONGER, YOU WILL RENDER THAT SERVICE TO THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY, AND TO YOUR COUNTRY, WHICH YOU CAN PROBABLY NEVER DO UNDER ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE.’ THEY STAYED AND WENT ON TO ANOTHER VICTORY CATCHING THE BRITISH FROM BEHIND AT PRINCETON. (MCCULLOUGH 285-286). AN EARLY ETHOS OF NO QUIT TOUGHNESS AND RESILIENCE, BATTLE SKILL, SELFLESS SERVICE, LOYALTY AND DUTY, HONOR, VALOR, VICTORY. UNITED STATES ARMY.

 

AT GETTYSBURG, WHERE I WENT FOR MANY YEARS WITH WEST POINT CADETS LED BY MY GREAT FRIEND AND HISTORIAN BG JACK MOUNTCASTLE HERE TONIGHT WITH HIS WIFE SUSAN. AS THE ARMY BEFORE IT HAD WON OUR INDEPENDENCE, THIS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC SAVED OUR YOUNG NATION BY THEIR VALOR AND SACRIFICE. THOSE WHO IN PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S WORDS “GAVE THAT LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION”; THEY GAVE US “A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM. LT ALONZO CUSHING, BATTERY A, 4TH US ARTILLERY, POSITIONED WITH THE PHILADELPHIA BRIGADE, KILLED IN ACTION THERE AT HIS GUNS ON THE THIRD DAY, DEFENDING THE UNION LINE AT THE POINT OF THE CONFEDERATE MAIN ATTACK WITH HIS FIRST SERGEANT FREDERICK FUGER NEVER LEAVING HIM. HE WAS AWARDED POSTHUMOUSLY IN 2014 THE MEDAL OF HONOR. COURAGE. SELFLESS SERVICE, NO QUIT RESILIENCE, MISSION FIRST, DUTY, HONOR, SACRIFICE. VICTORY. AMERICAN SOLDIERS. OUR UNITED STATES ARMY.

 

NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN WITHOUT ENORMOUS AND SELFLESS SACRIFICE.

 

THIS WEEK WE STOPPED ON OUR 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEMORIAL DAY. ACROSS AMERICA IT IS NOW A SACRED DAY, TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO GAVE THAT LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO BEAR THE CONTINUOUS PAIN OF THEIR LOSS. FROM THIS CURRENT WAR, ALMOST 7,000 WHO HAVE DIED, OVER 4,000 FROM OUR US ARMY. WE ALL GIVE OUR DEEPEST RESPECT AND HONOR TO THOSE FROM THIS GENERATION AND TO ALL THOSE OF ALL OUR WARS DEFENDING OUR LIBERTY FROM OUR BEGINNINGS THROUGH 100 YEARS AGO OF WWI, WW II, KOREA, VIETNAM, DESERT STORM TO NOW. WE INSCRIBED ON THE WWII MEMORIAL WHEN I WAS HONORED TO BE A MEMBER OF AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION IN WASHINGTON IN FRONT OF THAT FIELD OF OVER 4,000 GOLD STARS, “HERE WE MARK THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.”

 

WE KNOW WELL THERE ARE OTHER COSTS WE CALL THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR. WE HONOR OVER 1700 AMPUTEES FROM THIS WAR, OVER 1100 ARMY, GETTING BACK UP AGAIN AND GOING ON, “GOING THE DISTANCE AND BEYOND” (THEIR MOTTO), MANY CONTINUING TO SERVE, LIKE LTC(P) DAVE ROZELLE HERE TONIGHT WITH HIS WIFE KIM, AS I WAS BY OUR ARMY, WHICH FOR ME WAS LIFE’S GREAT PRIVILEGE, TO THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF PTS AND TBI THAT WE ALL ADVOCATE THAT THE BEST OF OUR MEDICAL SCIENCES PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BE DEVOTED TO TREATING AND HEALING.

 

DEVOTION, SELFLESS SACRIFICE. VICTORY. US ARMY.

 

THOSE OF OUR VIETNAM GENERATION. OUR ARMY SOLDIERS WHO REMAINED DEVOTED TO THEIR OATHS, THAT VERY SAME OATH THESE NEW SOLDIERS TOOK TONIGHT, EVEN WHEN THEIR SERVICE WAS DENIED RESPECT WITH BROKEN TRUST BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY SERVED AND BY SOME OF THEIR LEADERS. THOSE OF OUR VIETNAM GENERATION. FROM REMARKS BY COL (RET) DR. BOB SORLEY HERE TONIGHT WITH HIS WIFE GINNY, “I TITLED MY REMARKS “ALSO GREAT” AND BEGAN BY OBSERVING HOW, IN RECENT YEARS, MUCH ATTENTION HAD BEEN FOCUSED ON OUR VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II, FAMOUSLY CHARACTERIZED BY TOM BROKAW AS “THE GREATEST GENERATION.” MORE RECENTLY, I NOTED, AMERICA HAD SENT NEARLY THREE MILLION SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN TO A WAR IN VIETNAM. THERE THEY SERVED, I SUGGESTED, WITH VALOR AND ABILITIES FULLY EQUAL TO THOSE OF THEIR WORLD WAR II COUNTERPARTS, BUT—PRIMARILY DUE TO IDEOLOGICAL CONTENTION SWIRLING AROUND THE WAR AND, INEVITABLY, THOSE WHO FOUGHT IT—THEIR SACRIFICES AND ACHIEVEMENTS HAD NEVER BEEN ADEQUATELY APPRECIATED, MUCH LESS ACKNOWLEDGED OR ACCLAIMED. YET, I SAID, THEY WERE ALSO GREAT.”  

 

LAST JULY AT FENWAY PARK BOSTON, ON THE FIELD BEFORE THE GAME WITH THE YANKEES, THERE WAS A PUBLIC TRIBUTE TO THAT ALSO GREAT GENERATION, 800 OF US ON THE FIELD WITH 500 FAMILY MEMBERS, HUMBLED BUT PROUD OF OUR WELL AND FAITHFULLY EXECUTED SERVICE DESPITE NO HOMECOMING AND THE BROKEN TRUST. ONE, RICHARD WATKINS BROCKTON, MA, WAS WEARING A CAP; IT READS, VIETNAM VETERAN. NO REGRETS. DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY (HOLD UP CAP). I ASKED WHERE DID YOU GET IT? HE SAID I MADE IT MYSELF. HE SENT THIS ONE I WEAR PROUDLY. HE SAID I ALSO WROTE A BOOK. IT IS ONE WE SHOULD GET HERE, ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME. WE CANNOT CHANGE WHAT HAPPENED AND THAT BROKEN TRUST BUT WE CAN VOW NEVER TO LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. VALOR, NO QUIT TOUGHNESS AND RESILIENCE, BATTLE SKILL, DEVOTION. LOYALTY, DUTY, SELFLESS SACRIFICE. YES. ALSO GREAT. UNITED STATES ARMY.

 

SOLDIERS AND LEADERS OF OUR 146,000 SOLDIER VII CORPS WHO ATTACKED 24-28 FEBRUARY 1991 250 KM IN 89 HOURS EXECUTING THAT ARMORED CLOSED FIST LEFT HOOK ATTACK FIGHTING AND WINNING THAT LARGEST TANK BATTLE OF SOUTHERN IRAQ AND NORTHERN KUWAIT IN OUR HISTORY AND WITH THE COALITION LIBERATED KUWAIT. PFC BRUCE HUGGINS, A TANK MECHANIC IN 1/37 ARMOR, THE VERY SAME ARMORED REGIMENT GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS COMMANDED BREAKING THROUGH TO LIBERATE BASTOGNE IN WWII, HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, “THEY ASKED FOR OUR HELP AND WE’RE GOING TO GIVE THEM THAT HELP AND WE’LL FREE THAT COUNTRY. WE’LL DO OUR JOB, GO HOME, AND CARRY ON WITH LIFE.” LIBERATE KUWAIT. CRYSTAL CLEAR MISSION STATEMENT BY A PFC. HISTORY ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME. AS GREAT MISSION CLARITY AS IN THE NOW DECLASSIFIED NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVE OF EARLY JANUARY 1991. SPECIALIST SHAWN FREENEY, ALSO A MECHANIC, “IT LETS YOU KNOW THAT, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, YOU’RE AROUND FAMILY. ALL OF US HERE ARE FAMILY—RIGHT HERE IS MY FAMILY.” YES FAMILY. TEAMWORK, SOLDIERS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS FROM ACROSS AMERICA UNITED TOGETHER FOCUSED ON ONE MISSION AS A GREAT TEAM. A MOTHER OF 2D ACR TROOPER WHO SAID, ‘IT WAS TRAINING AND TEAMWORK THAT KEPT MY SON ALIVE”. PFC MCLEMORE INJURED IN TRAINING BEFORE OUR ATTACK WHO WHEN I ASKED HIM IN THE HOSPITAL WHAT I COULD DO FOR HIM ASKED ME TO GET HIM BACK TO HIS UNIT. SO, WE DID, WITH ME ON MY COMMAND BLACKHAWK TO HIS UNIT, 1ST SQUADRON, 2D ACR.

 

THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER IN 3D ARMORED DIVISION WHO SAID TO ME 15 FEBRUARY 1991, DON’T WORRY GENERAL WE TRUST YOU’. NOW THAT NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER CAPTURED AS NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS FREQUENTLY DO WHEN WE TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THEM, ONE OF THE BASIC TRUTHS OF COMBAT LEADERSHIP. GAIN THEN MAINTAIN TRUST IN THE WAY WE PREPARE THEM FOR MISSIONS, BY THE WAY WE COMMAND AND LEAD OUR SOLDIERS IN COMBAT.  BY OUR DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS WE MAKE TO ACCOMPLISH THOSE MISSIONS AT LEAST COST TO THEM THAT FULFILL THAT BOND OF TRUST BETWEEN US AND THOSE ENTRUSTED TO OUR LEADERSHIP FROM ACROSS AMERICA .IN AN INSTANT THAT NCO CAPTURED THE BASIC TRUTH OF LEADERSHIP AND COMMAND, AS NCO’S FREQUENTLY DO WHEN WE ARE WILLING TO LISTEN TO THEM. EARN THEN SUSTAIN THE TRUST OF THOSE ENTRUSTED TO US FROM AMERICA BY THE WAY WE PREPARE THEM FOR THE MISSION THEN OUR DECISIONS AND METHODS OF COMMAND TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION AT LEAST COST TO THEM. STUNNED ME. INSPIRING AND DEEPLY MOVING TO HEAR SUCH DEVOTION AND WILLINGNESS TO GIVE IT ALL. RENEWED MY OWN DRIVE TO FULFILL THAT TRUST. I BELIEVE THAT TO LEAD IS ALSO TO SERVE. SO, YES, FULFILLMENT OF THAT TRUST IS WHAT WE DO, TO OUR SOLDIERS ENTRUSTED TO US IF WE ARE LEADERS, AND ALL OF US AS AN ARMY TO OUR OATH OF SERVICE AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SELFLESS TEAMWORK, DISCIPLINE. NO QUIT TOUGHNESS. COURAGE. FAITHFUL DEVOTION. SACRIFICE. VICTORY. UNITED STATES ARMY.

 

THIS GENERATION SERVING SO SELFLESSLY WITH GREAT SKILL, DEVOTION, AND COURAGE TODAY. CPT MARK NUTSCH AND HIS ODA TEAM 595 THE HORSE SOLDIERS IN 2001 WHO CAME LATER FOR ONE CLASS TWO YEARS IN A ROW TO MENTOR CADETS IN OUR BATTLE COMMAND ELECTIVE AT WEST POINT TO OUR OWN PA ARNG 28TH DIVISION SOLDERS NOW TF SPARTAN IN KUWAIT, TO ALL THOSE REPEATEDLY DEPLOYED ON MULTIPLE TOURS OVER THESE 17 YEARS AND YOUR FAMILIES, TO AMPUTEES GOING ON AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE LIKE LTC (P) DAVE ROZELLE, SSG ANDY MCCAFFERY, SFC LEROY PETRY ALSO MOH, SSG JOHN GOUDIE, COL GREG GADSON, CPT SETH NIEMAN TO MOH RECIPIENTS DENISE AND I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET, TY CARTER AND RYAN PITTS, TO THOSE I WAS PRIVILEGED TO TEACH AT WEST POINT, MAJORS ELI MYERS, JAKE VANKO AND SARAH JOHNSON. INDEED, ‘THIS WE’LL DEFEND’.

 

WHAT A STUNNING 243 YEAR HISTORY TO CELEBRATE AND HONOR. STARTING WITH HUMILITY AS WITH WASHINGTON’S ACCEPTANCE OF HIS DUTY. SERVING A CAUSE AND IDEALS LARGER THAN OURSELVES SO SELFLESSLY AND AT SUCH GREAT SACRIFICE. AS RECORDED ON THE STATUE NEAR HERE IN ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, CALLED OLD SIMON, “NOT FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR OUR COUNTRY”. WELL AND FAITHFULLY. HISTORY ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME. UNITED STATES ARMY.

 

JUNE 14 OUR ARMY BIRTHDAY IS A DAY THAT USUALLY PASSES WITHOUT MUCH PUBLIC NOTICE. LARGELY AWAY FROM PUBLIC VIEW, OUR US ARMY HAS EXECUTED ITS DUTIES FAITHFULLY AND SOMETIMES AT GREAT SACRIFICE TO SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES. THAT SELFLESS SERVICE, THAT SKILLED AND VERSATILE PERFORMANCE OF DUTY, THAT PRIDE THAT COMES FROM KNOWING YOU DID YOUR DUTY TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITIES AND DID IT HONORABLY, HAS LARGELY DEFINED THE US ARMY IN PEACE AND WAR. SUCH BEHAVIOR HAS BEEN ETCHED IN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS BY THE DEEDS AND ACTIONS OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US AND BY THOSE WHO SERVE NOW AND INSPIRE US DAILY.

 

OURS IS A MAGNIFICENT HISTORY ONE SOLDIER AT A TIME AT THE VERY FOUNDATION OF DEFENSE OF OUR LIBERTIES WITH TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO OUR CONSTITUTION. OUR ARMY IS THE KEYSTONE OF OUR JOINT FORMATIONS. AT AHEC WE CAN REFLECT ON THOSE STORIES AND HONOR OUR ARMY AND OUR NATION THESE SOLDIERS SO WELL AND FAITHFULLY SERVED AND WHO GAVE US OUR US ARMY IDENTITY THROUGH THE AGES. AN ETHOS AND AN IDENTITY OF COURAGE, SELFLESSNESS, SKILL AND ADAPTABILITY, VERSATILITY, HONOR, FAITHFUL DEVOTION, NO QUIT TOUGHNESS AND RESILIENCE, SACRIFICE, AND VICTORY.

 

IT WAS A LIFE’S PRIVILEGE TO HAVE WALKED IN THEIR RANKS AND SERVED SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEM FOR TWO DAYS SHORT OF 35 ½ YEARS, IN TWO WARS, WITH MY LIFE’S PARTNER DENISE AND ALL THOSE SELFLESS FAMILIES WHO SERVE WITH THEIR OWN BRAND OF COURAGE RIGHT TO THOSE OF YOU SERVING TODAY.

 

GOD BLESS THIS MAGNIFICENT UNITED STATES ARMY AND THE SPLENDID AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO SO FAITHFULLY SERVE AND SACRIFICE TO STAND BETWEEN THE EVIL OUT THERE THREATENING OUR LIBERTY AND ALL OF US HERE AT HOME. THIS WE’LL DEFEND. GOD BLESS AMERICA. HAPPY 243D BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES ARMY. THANK YOU.

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43rd Bombardment Group Reenactment and Lecture Program

 

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018

 

 

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and the Army Heritage Center Foundation are pleased to announce a special program commemorating the service of the 43rd Bombardment Group during WWII.  The weekend program is in support of the 43rd Bombardment Group Association’s 2018 reunion and will include a lecture series and a reenactment on both Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018.  The Association invites the public to this free event. 

 

The 43rd Bombardment Group assigned to the 5th Air Force entered combat in September 1942. From then until November 1944, the group operated in support of the campaign in New Guinea, first from Australia, then from New Guinea and Owi Island, concentrated in particular in attacks on shipping vessels. The unit experimented with low level skip bombing using this tactic at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, March 2-4, 1943 with some success. The Group received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for its efforts during this battle. In November 1944, the group moved to the Philippines, helping the ground campaign at Luzon as well as conducting strategic bombing missions against targets in China and Formosa. Finally in July 1945, the group moved to Le Shima, from where it flew missions over Japan attacking shipping vessels as well as airfields and railways. 

The lectures will occur in the Visitor and Education Center of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the reenactment on the Army Heritage Trail. 

Free lectures.  Lectures will occur both Saturday and Sunday.

·       Saturday, 10:30 a.m.:  Larry Lewis:  Sadie’s Boys which is the story of his father who as a member of Co I, 3rd Bn, 415th Infantry,  104th Infantry Division was captured on December 3, 1944 near Lucherberg, Germany and his uncle a B-17 Navigator and member of the 43rd Bombardment Group that went missing over New Guinea.

·       Saturday, 1:00 p.m.:  Bob Drury and Jim Rembisz.  Bob Drury is the author of the Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission which is the story of the only double Medal of Honor mission in the history of the Air Force.  Jim Rembisz is the nephew of Joseph Sarnoski who was one of the airmen to receive the Medal of Honor.

·       Saturday, 3:00 p.m.: David Allen Lambert will speak on Researching U.S. and Canadian WWI Veterans.  Lambert has been on the staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston Massachusetts since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. He is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history and an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., as well as a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He serves as the Registrar of the Massachusetts Sons of the Revolution and the State Historian for the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution.  He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachusett-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.

·      Sunday, 1:00 p.m.: David Allen Lambert Researching American WWII Veterans

·      Sunday, 3:00 p.m.:  Dr. Michael Spradlin:  Author of the Sons of the 43rd: The Story of Delmar Dotson, Gray Allison, and the Men of the 43rd Bombardment Group in the Southwest Pacific.

 

The Reenactment.  The reenactment will occur at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on both Saturday and Sunday on the Army Heritage Trail.  The reenactors will recreate the group’s headquarters and mission briefs for air attacks that occurred during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, which occurred in the Southwest Pacific in March 1943.  These air attacks resulted in significant losses to the Japanese Army. 

 

Schedule of Events:

o   Saturday:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Open to the public

§  2:00 p.m.: Full squadron air mission brief for a target in support of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea

o   Sunday:  Noon to 5:00 p.m.

§  Noon:  Church Service by former Army Chaplain Dr. Michael Spradlin using sermon preached during WWII by the Chaplain of the 43rd.

§  2:00 p.m.:  Mission Brief

 

After visiting the reenactment or attending one of the lectures, feel free to visit USAHEC’s exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery, the “Battle Babies” art exhibit, and the World War I exhibit, entitled “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.” You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or browse the book selection found at the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible.

 

 

For more information about the Center please visit their website at www.USAHEC.org or the Foundation’s website at www.armyheritage.org.

 

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Carl Lavin was a high school senior in Canton, Ohio when 4,500 miles away Japanese Zeros screamed over Pearl Harbor. Along with thousands of young men and women, Lavin responded by joining the U.S. Army as soon as he turned 18. His decision led him from Ohio to Europe with the 84th Infantry Division, through battle at the front lines, and finally to victory and Occupation. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 7:15 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will host Carl Lavin’s son, Mr. Frank Lavin, as he gives a lecture based on his book, Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II. Mr. Lavin will tell his father’s story, garnered from personal letters and recollections, interviews with Carl Lavin’s brothers in arms, and formal histories.

Carl Lavin’s story is a reflection of the experiences of most of the young men and women who were thrust into the horrors of combat in Europe in World War II. Carl Lavin’s papers and recollections cover his reaction to the experiences of military life, from intense combat to the idiocies of military bureaucracy. Frank Lavin’s unfettered access to Carl’s life story adds a richness to the scholarship on World War II.

Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of the e-commerce firm Export Now. He earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service (Georgetown); an M.S. in Chinese Language and History (Georgetown); an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins); and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School (Pennsylvania). Working for the U.S. Government, Lavin served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001 to 2005 and as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2005-2007. Previously, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs from 1987-89. He is currently a columnist for Forbes.com and has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other periodicals.

DATE: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room

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

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Click here to view the Army Heritage Center Foundation's 2017 Annual Report.

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, the Foundation shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.

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“Battle Babies,” the story of the 99th Infantry Division in World War II is on display in a new art exhibit at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The exhibit features the artwork and story of Robert (Robbie) S. Robison who enlisted in the Army on November 21, 1942 and served in Europe with the 99th Infantry Division as a writer and artist on the division newspaper called the Checkerboard.   Robison's comic strip artwork in the Checkerboard featured the escapades of Private Van Dorn, affectionately known as "Dornie." Utilizing Private Van Dorn, Robison illustrated the story of a new Soldier while using gentle sarcasm and a keen sense of observation of what it was like to grow up as a Soldier in the United States Army.  Using the military exploits of Private Van Dorn, Robison’s humor representing the common place happenings of Soldier life during training and war helped lift the morale of the American troops.

The Checkerboard title referenced the division’s distinctive checkerboard shoulder patch which represented 99th’s lineage in Western Pennsylvania. The patch consisted of a black shield, the black representing Pittsburgh's iron industry, with 9 blue and 9 white squares.  The blue and white were from William Pitt's coat of arms.  Pittsburgh was named for William Pitt in 1758. 

Artist Robison, was trained at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and after the war served as an instructor and later department Chairman of the commercial Art Department at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

All of USAHEC’s exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information on the USAHEC or other exhibits, please visit www.usahec.org.

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The 1968 Tet Offensive is known as a pivotal campaign of the Vietnam War. During this year’s Army Heritage Days event, on May 19 and 20, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will commemorate Tet’s 50th anniversary year with several themed events and lectures scheduled throughout the weekend.

Our first lecture of the weekend takes place on Saturday, May 19th at 12:00 pm and transports visitors to May 1968 with, “Three Battalions in May: A Look at Army Combat Operations during the Communist ‘Mini-Tet’ Offensive." Using a series of interviews with Veterans, Dr. Erik Villard, Digital Military Historian from the Center of Military History, will explore the May Offensive through the experiences of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, at Khe Sanh and Dong Ha; the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade at Kham Duc; and the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry (Mechanized) at An Bao to show how the successful Allied counteroffensives that followed Tet forced the Communists to change and scale back their plans for the May Offensive in the I Corps and II Corps areas.

The second lecture, presented by Mr. Rick St. John on Sunday, May 20th at 1:00 pm, steps back in time and explores the campaign that took place in January of the same year.  In 1968, Rick St. John was a 23-yr-old 1st Lieutenant and the executive officer of B Company “Tiger Bravo” in the 2nd Battalion (Airborne) of the 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Committing early on the morning of January 31, 1968 to the Battle of Bien Hoa, Tiger Bravo participated as part of a 300 man reaction force. St. John will present his first hand experiences in a lecture entitled “Tiger Bravo - The Soldiers of B Company, 2/506th in the Tet Offensive." The talk will include details of the Viet Cong’s 5th Division attack of the Bien Hoa/Long Binh Complex, Allied counter measures to defend Bien Hoa Air Base, street fighting in Bien Hoa City, and the aftermath of the fighting, as told through personal accounts of paratroopers and St. John’s extensive research of battlefield documents and journals.

Visitors can further immerse themselves in Tet history as it comes to life in “The U.S. Army Soldier during Tet” living history program at the Vietnam Firebase on the Army Heritage Trail on Sunday, May 20th at 9:30 am. Re-enactors will portray a “boots on the ground” program about the Tet Offensive while outfitted in period gear, giving visitors an idea of the weapons and materials a Soldier would have carried during the offensive and the vehicles they would have used.

As always, Army Heritage Days will cover more than the Vietnam War, and will include portrayals from the Colonial Era to U.S. Army Current Operations by re-enactors stationed along the mile-long Army Heritage Trail. The Tank Obstacle Course will also be returning this year and will feature even more vehicles as drivers test their skills on a custom built course in front of the crowd. For a full schedule and more information, please visit www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. Make sure to follow #CountdowntoAHD on our social media pages as more events are announced.

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To celebrate the Army’s 243rd Birthday, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s sixth annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on June 2, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers, Veterans, and their families.

The highlight of this year’s event includes a swearing in ceremony of new Army volunteers and our guest speaker, General Frederick Franks, Jr., USA Retired. General Franks is the former commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and commanded the VII Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations have celebrated the Army’s birthday.  However, celebrations in Central Pennsylvania have been modest.  “The development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provides us a perfect venue to celebrate the Army birthday“ said MG Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “We hope that for a large turnout since the Army War College is still in session, and the presence of a large local retiree population and many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Army Reserves.  We also hope for a good turnout from our local communities for this event which highlights the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Event Sponsors include BAE Systems, M&T Bank, F&M Trust, and Gannett Fleming.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to RSVP, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org. 

 

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

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — 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 USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 now known as the Hall of the American Soldier, which added a new gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

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 honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, more than 1.5 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is sponsoring tours of the Normandy Battlefield and D-Day Beaches in 2018.  

The experiences of the Soldiers who fought in Normandy during the Summer of 1944, especially those who landed on the D-Day beaches, hold a special place for many.

On this tour, you will visit the significant beaches, the battle sites, and cemeteries You will be based in Bayeux and your schedule will give you time to explore this fascinating region. On the final day, you will return to Paris with time to explore “The City of Lights.” Your tour group will be small and led by an experience historian who knows the diverse Normandy landscape and the events.

For more information, please click here.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Foundation at info@armyheritage.org or (717) 258-1102.

A partnership between the Army Heritage Center Foundation and NW European Study Tours (https://nw-europe.com).

 

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation will host a screening of the documentary The Weight of Honor on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.  Lieutenant Colonel David and Mrs. Kim Rozelle will serve as moderators and lead a panel discussion immediately following this one hour documentary.

 

This free event is co-sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation and Carlisle Barracks Chapel and is open to the public and the media.

 

The Weight of Honor follows the lives of the caregivers of catastrophically wounded Veterans injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Filmed over five years, this documentary reveals the thoughts and struggles of the spouses, children, and parents now tasked with caring for once able-bodied and self-assured sons, daughters, wives, and husbands. 

 

The Weight of Honor is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of the caregivers and families of Veterans who have been catastrophically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film’s subjects are the spouses, parents, and children who give a rare glimpse into their lives, as everyone grapples with finding a ‘new normal’ after the devastating effects of war time injuries.

 

Stephanie Seldin Howard, the film’s director said, “For the last five years, I've been filming and crafting the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded veteran can have on caregivers, families, and relationships.  The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers and to ignite change.”  Film critic Hal Donahue said The Weight of Honor is “A brutally honest film of courage and loyalty above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

LTC Rozelle is the author of Back to Action: An American Soldier¹s Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude. In Back to Action, Rozelle tells the story of his deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where a land mine tore off his right foot, through months of agonizing rehabilitation to his final triumphant recertification as "Fit for Duty."

 

Also highlighting the panel will be Ryan and Nancy Kules. Ryan serves as the national Combat Stress Recovery Program Director for the Wounded Warrior Project. He is a multiple amputee and a retired Army Captain. They have three children. Nancy has been his caregiver, and their experiences have been shared and documented in the national media.

 

The panel will also include the documentary director, Stephanie Seldin Howard, and Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry and Mrs. Karlyn Sieg. The Siegs will share their challenges during Jerry’s post recovery from a brain tumor and then cancer. Chaplain Seig served with the Third Infantry Division during the initial assault on Bagdad.

About the Army Heritage Center Foundation

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — 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 USAHEC. The Foundation also focuses on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016. Known as the Hall of the American Soldier, this expansion added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

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. 

For additional details about this program, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

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Reenactor Recruitment Day is back at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) for the 7th year running and will be bigger than ever before! Bring your family and friends to the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to experience military reenacting and living history up close and personal during Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. This free event is open to the public and is an annual favorite. This year, we have expanded the indoor display area to include even more reenactors from more eras! The event will feature dozens of different living history organizations and over four hundred reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history. Reenactor Recruitment Day is not only a great outing for kids and history aficionados alike, it also serves as an opportunity for reenactors to meet with members of other living history organizations, and to discuss living history with professional historians.

Reenactor Recruitment Day will feature hundreds of living historians representing militaries spanning from pike and swordsman to Civil War Cavalry. We will also feature adversary units, allied units, and highlight the doughboys from World War I. Each reenactor will be in period dress and have a table display, where they will be available to answer any questions, introduce their equipment and materials, discuss their upcoming activities, and highlight the importance of reenacting as a way to keep history alive. Come to the USAHEC to experience history, live!

The 7th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public, including children of all ages. Our exhibit galleries, including The Soldier Experience, and “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” will be open, as well as the Museum Store and Café Cumberland. Additionally, Café Cumberland will feature tasty lunch specials for this event. For more information, including directions and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.

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If the highest ranks of the U.S. Military and diplomatic corps had listened to, and took stock in, Major General Edward Lansdale, the outcome of the Vietnam War may have been quite different. As a young officer after the carnage of World War II, Major Edward Lansdale started his epic, and sometimes ignominious, career working with the Philippine Army to rebuild their intelligence services, learning the complicated ins-and-outs of psychological operations. His experience in the Philippines, combined with his fast-track rise through the ranks of the U.S. Air Force, led to his participation in every facet of the diplomatic, military, and civil aspects of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will host New York Times best-selling author Max Boot to discuss his recent biography, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. The presentation will explore how Lansdale used his experience in the Philippines to spearhead a “hearts and minds” approach to diplomacy in Vietnam.

Mr. Boot’s lecture and book utilize numerous new sources never before used by authors writing about the Vietnam War. He conducted and uncovered dozens of interviews, gained access to previously unknown documents, and even found long-lost love letters to bring together a new look at the dramatic rise and fall of Major General Edward Lansdale. The story casts a new light on the traditional tale of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Mr. Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. A military historian and foreign policy analyst, he has been called one of “the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Mr. Boot is a New York Times best-selling author, a contributing editor to numerous respected publications, and is extremely influential in the foreign policy decision making at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Mr. Boot holds a master’s degree in history from Yale University (1992) and a bachelor’s degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991).

DATE: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the talk begins at 7:15 PM. The question period concludes around 8:30 PM. PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Rooms

For more information and any last-minute changes in meeting times/places, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: 717-245-3972.

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