National Museum of the United States Army
In July of 2015 it was announced that the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) have joined forces with a shared vision: To provide the Army, its soldiers, their families and the public with The National Museum of the United States Army.
This vision, a world-class educational destination, has resulted in an affiliation agreement between AHF and AUSA.
“AUSA has been the leading supporter of AHF’s efforts to get the museum built from the outset of the Capital Campaign. AUSA’s joining forces with AHF on this priority project at this time will have a huge rippling impact,” said Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, USA, Ret., AHF’s president, in announcing the affiliation agreement.
Adding, “Our mutual efforts will accelerate museum construction, expand both entities’ education programs designed to preserve the history and heritage of the Army and its soldiers, and to stimulate Capital Campaign fundraising.”
Schultz explained that under terms of the affiliation, AHF and AUSA will remain two separate and distinct organizations.
“The only structural change is a newly constituted AHF Board of Directors,” he said.
The new AHF Board will be led by Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., chairman, and Gen. William W. Hartzog, USA, Ret., vice chairman.
Members include Hon. Thomas E. White Jr.; Hon. Sandra Lee Pack; Gen. Eric Shinseki, USA, Ret.; Gen. George W. Casey Jr., USA, Ret.; Lt. Gen. David K. Heebner, USA, Ret.; Lt. Gen. William H. Campbell, USA, Ret.; Lt. Gen. Larry R. Jordan, USA, Ret.; Maj. Gen. Russell L. Furhman, USA, Ret.; and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, USA, Ret.
Hartzog, White, Casey, Jordan, and Preston served on the former AHF Board.
“General Bill Hartzog and I are all in on this—so is the board, the staff, and the 133,000 Americans who’ve supported the museum so far. We’re all fully committed to not only seeing that this museum gets built, but also that it tells the story of the Army and its soldiers in the special way it deserves to be told, passing on inspiring examples of leadership, character, courage, and sacrifice of ordinary men and women who have done extraordinary acts to defend and advance our nation,” the newly elected board chairman, Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan said.
Adding, “A great Army and its great soldiers deserve a great museum, and we intend to deliver it.”
THE ARMY IS THE ONLY BRANCH OF THE MILITARY WITHOUT A NATIONAL MUSEUM.
The proposed National Museum of the United States Army will serve as the capstone of the Army Museum System and provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions. The National Army Museum will celebrate the selfless service and sacrifice of over 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775. The Museum will be a technological marvel incorporating the latest advances in museum exhibits while providing advanced educational opportunities that will capture the attention of visitors old and young. As the Army’s national landmark, the Museum will honor United States Soldiers – past, present, and future – and provide an interactive educational experience explaining the Army’s role in creating and defending our nation, as well as the Army’s social initiatives and contributions for more than 240 years.
Under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of the Army signed in September 2009, we were designated the official fundraising entity for the National Museum of the United States Army and launched the Capital Campaign, committed to raising $200 million to build the Museum. Initial site prep began in 2016 starting with tree removal.
The Army also established the National Museum of the United States Army Project Office to oversee the design and construction of the Museum. In September 2008, the Army selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of New York as the design architect and Christopher Chadbourne & Associates of Boston as the exhibit design firm. In 2012, Eisterhold Associates Inc. assumed the exhibit planning, and Design and Production, Inc. began the exhibit fabrication. The U.S. Army will operate and maintain the Museum when it opens. We will be responsible for all revenue-generating operations.
The National Army Museum will be located on over 80 acres at Fort Belvoir, VA, less than 30 minutes south of our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. The main building will be approximately 186,000 square feet and display selections from over 15,000 pieces from the Army Art Collection and 30,000 artifacts, documents, and images. The vast majority of these rare and priceless artifacts have never been seen by the American people. The Museum will welcome an estimated 750,000 visitors every year. See the Museum Design.
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