Speaking of moving, where are we moving to?
By Allen Dale Olson, Secretary, Public Affairs
The frost may be on the pumpkin, and the fodder may be in the shock, but the Board of the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) would never notice. They are from coast-to-coast, night and day, indoors and out with exhibits, programs, presentations, and ceremonies.
The right people in the City of Albuquerque like our proposal to site our Museum in the Albuquerque Area and have encouraged us to develop the proposal still further. The leadership of the Overseas American Schools Historical Society has presented us a proposal to bring their library and bricks and pavers to our site – so we are earnestly launching a campaign to obtain a permanent home.
Circe went to the Overseas Brats “Gathering” in Laughlin, Nevada, to invite participation in the MAMF Postcard Project and bring them up to date on the work of MAMF. Ole and Joan did the same for the Brats reunion in Daytona Beach. Read the rest of this entry »
by Allen Dale Olson
As the Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center begins its third year of operations, it is fitting to review our Mission and Vision to assure that we are indeed bringing “together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served – American Military Families.”
We learned from a report of the National Security Council just two years ago this month, that less than one percent of Americans serve in uniform today, but they bear 100 percent of the burden of defending our nation. More than 2.2 million service members make up the all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve Components, and more than two million troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than half the force is married, and almost 40% of them have at least two children. Only 37% of their families live on military installations, which means that more than 60% of all military families live in over 4,000 communities nationwide.
Combat injuries, multiple deployments, and reintegration of returning veterans all have serious effects on these families and on the communities in which they live. These effects prompted the President to direct the National Security Staff to develop a coordinated Federal Government-wide approach to supporting military families and the First Lady to call on the public to find ways to support and engage military family members.
Our Museum serves as a forum for the spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and others who have loved and supported a member of the military. We collect and preserve the stories of people who have lost loved ones to military service and who minister to the special needs of wounded and troubled veterans. We call attention to the spouses and children who give up or change careers and who move to a different school every two, three, or four years. We provide a resource for family members seeking information and/or comfort from the experiences of others.
In short, our Museum fills an important void; no other museum or organization focuses exclusively on the challenges and achievements of the military family. We want the general public to understand that behind every man or woman in uniform, there are unrecognized people behind them – wives and mothers, fathers and husbands, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.
Our Mission and Vision are on target.
Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month (March) is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987. www.history.com
At the museum, we started March off by celebrating the accomplishments of women by attending the annual Tribute to Women in the Military at Kirtland Air Force Base, designing and creating aprons to hang at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in 2013 Apron Project installation, and partnering with local and national organizations to screen the film, Service: When Women Come Marching Home at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.
By Allen Dale Olson, MAMF Secretary for Public Affairs
A few minutes with the Governor, a half-hour with the State Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development, another half-hour with the State Cabinet Secretary for Veterans Affairs, a full hour with the City Director of Cultural Affairs, and a series of meetings with the Albuquerque Director of the Special Library Collections and with the senior staff of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History are only a hint of our Board’s activities since the first of the year.
2013 is going to be a great year for the Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center, thanks to our board, our supporters and our friends around the world.
As a young organization, no longer in our infancy, we are clearer in our mission, vision and direction than we were when we started out with little more than a concept and a sense of purpose.
For those of you who have been with us since the beginning, you can see that our Board of Directors has grown and we now have a solid Advisory Board. We have community liaisons who provide us information and feedback from their respective “communities” and we have some faithful volunteers. We are a small non-profit organization with a Big Mission: Read the rest of this entry »