HISTORY OF FORT LESLEY J. McNAIR
and The Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of Washington DC…
On 16 SEP 2016 to an assembled group of nearly 90 members and guests of this historic Association, John Michael delivered a presentation on the History of Fort Lesley J. McNair and his book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair. The presentation included the background of this historic US Army Post – the 3rd oldest in continuous operation (only West Point in New York and Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania are respectively older). Founded in 1791 as Military Reservation #05 when Major Charles Pierre L’Enfant laid out the new Capital City it was about 28 acres and a few years later with earthworks in place and a solitary artillery piece it was the first defenses of Washington DC.
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Who Was General Lesley J. McNair
Lieutenant General Lesley J. McNair was commander of ground forces during WW II. He was killed in France during that war and his remains stayed in France, Where he trained the troops for that war is the only US Army Post in Washington, DC and is named in his honor.
Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair
ON POINT is the Journal of the Army Historical Foundation. The Summer 2016 issue of the journal from the Army Historical Foundation contains a review of the book by John Michael “Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair” Beginning in 1791 when Major Charles Pierre L’Enfant designed the New Capital City of Washington DC. It began as “Reservation #05” – only 28 acres where a single artillery tube with earthworks was placed to defend the Capital City. Over time, the US Army Post was known by many different names – During the Civil War it was Washington Arsenal and where the first federal penitentiary was built – the location of where the Lincoln Assassination conspirators were incarcerated, tried and hanged. Later it became Washington Barracks and site of the US Army Engineering Schools. When Roosevelt Hall was built, it became the home of the US Army War College. A brief time, it was named Fort Humphreys and finally Fort Lesley J. McNair. Home to the National Defense University and its colleges – including the National War College. It is also where the Military District of Washington is headquartered and the US Army Center of Military History occupies a building that was first the Quartermaster stables then the post’s movie theater. When the US Army abandoned Fort Hunt Virginia, the US Army Band – “Pershing’s Own” and the US Army Music School was located at Washington Barracks (Fort Lesley J. McNair) before relocated to Fort Myer by the order of General George C Marshall. Likewise, for many years after the regiment was re-activated in 1948, Alpha and Echo Companies of the 3d Infantry – “The Old Guard” were stationed here.
You can read the review here at the Historic Fort McNair website An autographed copy of the book is available also here.
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Finding a parking pl;ace on the Saturday that they are holding the Cherry Blossom parade in Washington DC is a challenge. Finally I found one on a street near the Potomac River. From there I had trekked down to the Jefferson Memorial to catch the action of the All-Service Drill Team Competition, something that is a true sight to see — rifles with bayonets fixed the spinning and twirling of the nearly 11 pound weapons by these talented members of the military – the Drill teams of the services: US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard and the US Merchant Marine.
I had gotten there just as the US Marine Corps began their routine and continued to photograph until they announced the winner for 2012. With the memory card full of hundreds of photos, I walked back around the tidal basin and along the Potomac River – all lined with the cherry trees which normally at this time would still be in bloom, yet a very warm March forced them all to jump out early and now the trees were full of leaves … all except one.
As I approached where my vehicle was parked, there still loaded with blossoms was a cherry tree. An though my extensive inventory of photos from days past includes many cherry blossom photos, it was serendipitous, there was space for one photo remaining on the memory card in the camera. So here up close and personal is “The Last Washington DC Cherry Blossoms of 2012″
For those who missed the spectacular display of color when the other trees were in bloom, sorry, you’ll have to wait until 2013.
Did you see the 2012 cherry blossoms in full bloom?
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A very rare mission… with an even rarer ending…
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of this entry touched on the selection and inclusion of the photos from the cover through JUN 2010. PART TWO gets a bit more into history and background rather than the selection of photos as I go through JUL to DEC of 2010.
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Here’s a more in-depth look at the making and background of the calendar – “The Old Guard on Mission – 2010” – some history and little known facts…
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Or for those who cannot read Russian Cyrillic –
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John Michael broke new ground when he published the “First” Calendar about the US Army’s 3d Infantry Regiment – “The Old Guard on Parade – 2009” – The Escort to the President. Many have seen this regiment earlier this year as they led and participated in the Presidential Inauguration. Their ceremonial presence is only part of their story. After pouring through thousands of photographs taken primarily in 2009, a theme finally emerged to tell the story about these Soldiers that few people ever see.
Soldiers in this elite regiment are called upon to do a number of different missions on a daily basis… most of which the public never sees or is even aware. It’s hoped that the selection of these images provides a small glimpse of the varied assignments carried out and their contributions made as service to the United States of America…
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Add a “drop-in” visit from the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, A starting send-off by the Presidential Salute Battery from the US Army’s Old Guard combined with weather that was just perfect and one had a combination for a spectacular event –
Hosted by the US Army’s Military District of Washington, the 25th Anniversary running of the US Army Ten Miler was held this weekend with festivities beginning on Friday 02 OCT as the runners headed to the Washington DC Armory to get their credentials and spend some time perusing the array of vendors & exhibitors covering the floor of this DC Landmark.
Several of the runners had run in the first one over two decades ago were on hand to discuss “why they run…” It was quite special to encounter several people John Michael met over the years who were getting ready for the day on Sunday.
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I had a small inkling of what to expect having spent many days among the Old Guard and US Army Band – “Pershing’s Own” – but after the show began, I thought different. What unfurled was a extravaganza that kept moving right up until intermission… it was fast action, informative, precision, pageantry with a heavy dose of history mixed into the delivery. I was truly impressed and after the two hours of show, my camera had recorded over 800 photos of these Soldiers in action… I’m sure the attendees in Columbus, OH and Providence, RI would have the same impression or better.
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