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Horse Cavalry Tradition Returns to Carlisle Barracks

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce that the United States Cavalry Memorial Foundation (USCMF) has provided a $500,000 grant to preserve and promote the legacy of our Nation’s horse mounted Soldiers.  Mr. Jim Ottevaere, President of USCMF, presented the check to Mr. Joe Capita, Secretary of AHCF, at a ceremony at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania on December 12, 2017. 

“With funds provided by former horse Soldiers, who have all now passed away, the U.S. Cavalry Memorial Foundation has, since 1993, worked to promote the remembrance and recognition of United States Cavalry troopers and authorized mounted units that have served the United States from 1775 through the present day” said Jim Ottevaere, USCMF President.  He then continued “that today, we pass that responsibility to the Army Heritage Center Foundation who in conjunction with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, is well positioned to preserve and promote the contribution of our horse mounted units and Soldiers.”    

Joe Capita acknowledged how the Foundation with this gift “is proud to pledge to preserve the legacy of our horse cavalry Soldiers and effectively steward their donated resources.”  He also indicated that this grant was special in two other ways.  December 12, 2017 is the 201st anniversary of the Continental Congress’ decision to authorize our Nation’s first cavalry regiment and that the first home of the U.S. Army’s School for Cavalry Practice was established on Carlisle Barracks in 1838.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation expects to award the first grants funded with this donation in 2019.

About the United States Horse Cavalry Foundation 

The U.S. Cavalry Memorial Foundation was established in 1993.  Since then, the Foundation and its members have worked to promote the remembrance and recognition of individual United States Cavalry troopers and authorized mounted units that serve and have served in regular United States military forces, United States Militia elements, and Irregular Mounted Forces from 1775 through the present day.  The Foundation is currently in the process of dissolution.

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. 

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