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2016 – Happy 115th Anniversary – Army Nurse Corps

The Army Nurse Corps – Over a Century of Service

Army Nurse Corps

Army Nurse Corps

The Army Nurse Corps became a permanent corps of the Medical Department under the Army Reorganization Act (31 STat. 753) passed by Congress on 2 February 1901.

Thank you all for your service!

 

These days many universities offer ROTC programs that combine with their nursing instruction resulting in registered nurses going directly into the US Army

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Too Busy to Read? – GEN Mattis Doesn’t Think So

TIME TO READ – General Mattis Thinks So!

In my exploring, I came across an interesting article penned by Geoffrey Ingersoll, who at that time worked for the “Business Insider”  It included an email from US Marine Corps General James Mattis commenting on how there’s always time to read – in fact a necessity!  I offer it to you with links to the books mentioned in the email with a couple of suggestions of my own at the end of the blog entry.

Thank you Geoffrey Ingersoll!

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A General’s View of Morale

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General Bruce C. Clarke

“Morale: Knowing what you do is important, doing it well, knowing it is appreciated.”

— General Bruce C. Clarke USA (Ret.)

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Remembering Patton

We Lost A Hero Today – Patton Dies

It was 21 December 1945 when GEN George S. Patton Jr. died from the injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.  Seven decades have passed since that day.  He was buried with full military honors on Christmas Eve day at The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is located in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg in Belgium.

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Remembering General Y

It was 06 DEC 2005 – Ten Years Ago that the world lost a man who had given much …

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS TO CLOSE

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS

TO CLOSE

JANUARY 4, 2016 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2016

WWII and Vietnam aircraft to be installed during temporary closure

 

 

Dumfries, Va. (November 25, 2015) – The doors to the National Museum for the Marine Corps will temporarily close, January 4 – March 31, 2016. The closure, in conjunction with a massive addition to the Museum, will allow two new aircraft to be added to Leatherneck Gallery. A recently sbd-dauntless-25restored World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber will be hung from the ceiling of the central gallery, while a new tableau featuring a Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter will also be installed on the floor.

Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter

 

 

 

 

The Museum has remained open and free to the public nearly every day since its 2006 dedication. More than a half million visitors walk through its galleries each year. The temporary closure is necessary due to the significant logistical and engineering process required to install the two aircraft. The entire building, including its eateries and Museum Store will close. However, the Store will still operate online, and the outdoor playground and chapel, pathways, and memorials of the adjoining Semper Fidelis Memorial Park will remain open, weather and construction permitting. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s and Museum’s websites and social media will post updates during the closure.

 

“While we never like to close the doors of our Museum, this process will better enable us to tell the stories of every American who has earned the title ‘Marine,” remarked LtGen Robert R. Blackman, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation. “Marine Corps history is American history, and we look forward to sharing these impressive pieces of our past with visitors from across the country and around the world.”

Museum Expansion – Doubling In Size!

“The addition of the aircraft is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to more completely interpret the history of the Marine Corps and share more of the collection,” according to Museum Director Lin Ezell. In March, the Foundation broke ground on the construction of an additional 117,000 square feet of new physical space. Upon completion of the construction, the museum will have nearly doubled in size to make room for a giant-screen theater, expanded education suite and Children’s Gallery, a Sports Gallery, Art Gallery, Hall of Valor, and two additional historical galleries depicting the bravery and service of the men and women who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 though present day. The construction is scheduled to be finished in 2017, and galleries will begin opening in 2017, with all exhibitions completed by 2020.

About the National Museum of the Marine Corps

The Museum is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. It is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA. and is normally open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except Christmas Day.  Admission and parking are free.  For more information, call 703-784-6107 or visit on the web at www.usmcmuseum.com.

About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities. For more information, visit MarineHeritage.org.

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GRIT

Tough Calls = Grit

People who learn to habitually make the tough calls stand out like flamingos in a flock of seagulls.

People who learn to habitually make the tough calls stand out like flamingos in a flock of seagulls.

 

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Here comes the Book

Here comes the Book … Here comes the Book!

 

After months of research, finding just the right photographs, images and map,  complemented by extensive writing, it’s finally here!

On 04 MAY 2015,  “Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair” was released.  It proudly joins John Michael’s other book “Images of America – Fort Myer”  ( The FIRST BOOK about that Civil War era fort which was once known as Fort Whipple).  Fort Lesley J. McNair is the third oldest US Army post in continuous operation established in 1791 when Major Pierre Charles  L’Enfant designed the new Capital City of Washington, DC.

Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant

Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant

What became Fort McNair started off small.  The first 28 acres were designated “Reservation #05”  by L’Enfant – a slip of land first known as “Turkey Buzzard Point”. It was  later renamed to Greenleaf Point when James Greenleaf, a real estate investor from Boston purchased the surrounding land hoping to profit from the new Capital of the United States.

Over the years, as needs grew, the single artillery piece that L’Enfant placed at the tip of the peninsula was exchanged for many as the area became Washington Arsenal which provisioned the US Army during two wars – The War of 1812 and the US Civil War.  During the War of 1812, when the British invaded and burned Washington DC, the arsenal was also invaded and destroyed.  The British incurred several casualties from that invasion, due to their inquisitive nature to find what was down at the bottom of a dry well.  It was the only time that the acres experienced an invasion.

Washington Arsenal During the US Civil War

As one of the main delivery hubs during the US Civil War,  Washington Arsenal provided ordnance and ammunition.  Women working among the buildings of the arsenal were turning out on a daily basis up to 125,000 rounds of ammunition.   While in the workshops, arsenal workers were crafting gun carriages and limbers to draw the artillery to the battles.

"Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair"

“Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair”

 

Ir’s been named Fort Humphreys. Washington Barracks, Army War College and finally Fort Lesley J. McNair over the years. We could tell you more, but then there’s so much more about the history of this US Army Post in the book.

 

This new addition of  this book serves as another milestone in the mission,”Preserving the memories so others will remember…” ™   You may purchase an autographed copy on the website for the book –  Historic-FortMcNair.com

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Suggested Reading – MAY 2015 Part 01

A NEW FEATURE – Suggested Reading

In an effort to provide some quality reading for the audience out there,  there will be going forward a regular suggested reading for further enrichment beyond the content on these pages…  the first installment focuses on fitness.

 

It’ s not too late to get ready for summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.  I discovered a great e-book that will help you get on track.  The author is well versed in the area of fitness.

TITLE – HOW TO GET FIT FAST

 

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National Museum of the Marine Corps Expansion – Part 1

HERE THEY GROW AGAIN …

One of my favorite museums since 2006 has been the National Museum of the Marine Corps located just outside the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia.  It’s a short ride down the interstate from the Washington DC area and the spire of the museum building is always beckoning to visit (you’ll be glad you did!)

On Friday 27 MAR 2015 despite the rainy weather, a celebratory ceremony took place both in and outside the spacious atrium marking the new expansion of the museum that will double the exhibit space – adding 120,000 square feet – and more.  The new Timothy T. Day Overlook was also dedicated.  Among the special guests and speaker on hand was the 35th Commandant of the US Marine Corps retired General  James F. Amos USMC (Ret.)

 

Presiding over the official groundbreaking of the expansion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, (left to right) Lin Ezell, Director, National Museum of the Marine Corps; Gen. Walter E. Boomer, USMC (Ret), Chairman of the Board, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Timothy T. Day, Founder, Bar-S Foods, Inc.; Sandy R. Day, Director, Timothy T. Day Foundation; Lt. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Programs & Resources; Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Gen. James F. Amos, USMC (Ret), 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps; Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC (Ret), former President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Presiding over the official groundbreaking of the expansion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, (left to right) Lin Ezell, Director, National Museum of the Marine Corps; Gen. Walter E. Boomer, USMC (Ret), Chairman of the Board, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Timothy T. Day, Founder, Bar-S Foods, Inc.; Sandy R. Day, Director, Timothy T. Day Foundation; Lt. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Programs & Resources; Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Gen. James F. Amos, USMC (Ret), 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps; Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC (Ret), former President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Dumfries, Va. (March 27, 2015) – The first visitors of the day were beginning to file into the National Museum of the Marine Corps outside Quantico, Va. this morning, when an excavator sitting on the steep hill rising against the north wall of the museum rumbled to life and drove its bucket into the earth, officially breaking ground on a historic expansion of the nation’s home for Marine Corps history. The operator behind the controls of the excavator was himself a Marine who served during the 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War that are not yet represented in the museum’s galleries. Upon completion of the construction, the museum will have doubled in size to make room for a giant screen movie theater, expanded education suite, a Marine Sports Hall of Fame, Marine Corps Combat Art Gallery, and two additional galleries depicting the bravery and service of the men and women who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 though present day.

The award-winning museum, which opened in 2006 and completed its first additions in 2010, currently includes permanent galleries representing Marine Corps history from the Corps’ establishment in 1775, through the end of the Vietnam War. Construction of the 120,000 square feet of new physical space is expected to be finished in 2017. The first of the new artifacts will be installed beginning in 2016, and all new galleries and exhibits will be complete by 2020.

“The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a world-class institution that has been enjoyed by more than four million visitors from around the world. Yet, it remains incomplete until it tells the story of every man and woman who has earned the title, ‘Marine,” said Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. “Marines, corporations, foundations and individual Americans have made this magnificent museum possible. And I have no doubt that we will see their continued support as we construct spaces to honor today’s generation of Marines.”

Nearly 200 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony, including one Marine Corps veteran who helped make the expansion possible as the foundation’s largest individual donor. Timothy T. Day, founder of Bar-S Foods, donated more than $12 million toward construction of the new spaces. A portion of his gift also sponsored the Timothy T. Day Overlook in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, adjacent to the museum. The overlook was dedicated shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony, and will offer visitors a scenic vista along the park’s memorial lined paths.

A committee of senior advisors, including general officers and senior enlisted Marines, and a long list of subject matter experts representing veteran service organizations, education groups, Marine Corps family focus groups, and the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment, guided the planning of the expansion’s design and contents. The first artifacts to be added will be among the most dramatic. A World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber will be hung from the museum’s soaring glass ceiling above the existing Tarawa display. A tableau featuring a Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-340D helicopter will also be added.  In 2017, a two-story, giant-screen theater with a 350-seat capacity will open and feature a spectacular film about the celebrated history of the Marine Corps with a focus on the modern day Marine.

The following year, a gallery depicting Marine Corps service in regional conflicts and in humanitarian relief missions after the Vietnam War, including those in Beirut, Grenada and the Persian Gulf, will open to visitors. The Global War on Terror gallery will open at the same time, telling the latest chapter of Marine Corps history following the attacks of September 11, 2001. These two galleries will feature an impressive collection of large artifacts, including an AAV7A1 amphibious vehicle, M198 howitzer, an M60A1 tank, MAT-V mine-resistant vehicle and Bell UH-1N Huey helicopter. Some of the smaller, yet powerfully symbolic artifacts will include an oil-soaked Marine Corp flag from Desert Storm, election ballots from Iraq, gear worn by Women Marines whose critical role during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom marked historic firsts for the Marine Corps, and the rifle carried by Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Rafael Peralta.

“Today’s Marines have made the same indelible mark on the history of our Marine Corps, nation and world as every Marine who has served since 1775,” said Lt. Gen. Blackman. “They have earned their place in this extraordinary museum, and the ground we broke today is a symbol of our commitment – our mission will not be accomplished until this museum is complete.”

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation:

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities. For more information, visit MarineHeritage.org.

TO BE CONTINUED …

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