Exhibit on Department of Defense Schools Worldwide Brings Back Memories for Military Families Who Were Stationed Abroad

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:     Dr. Allen Dale OlsonPhone 505-400-3849 olsonallen@msn.com 

Exhibit on Department of Defense Schools Worldwide Brings Back Memories

for Military Families Who Were Stationed Abroad

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM, July 27, 2015—A special exhibit at the Special Collections Library’s Botts Hall chronicles the experiences of families who were based in locations around the world: Military families whose children might attend five or more schools by the time they graduated from high school.

“Schooling with Uncle Sam,” is focused on the history of the 181 schools for military dependents located in the U.S. Spread from the Far and Middle East to Western Europe. Self-titled “Military BRATS,” the children of military families, from lowest to highest ranks, attend Department of Defense Education Agency Schools and build strong ties and cherished memories through their varied experiences.

The exhibit features comments from dozens of students, teachers and parents remarking on their experiences during various tours of duty—which involved the whole family. “Together We Serve” is the tagline of the Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center, an organization whose mission is to bring together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served–America’s Military Families. Artifacts from school experiences        provided by those who attended or taught at DODEA schools bring the story home to the many retired military and BRATS who live in our area, as well as those who did not serve in the military, but want to learn more about the experience of those who do.

The new exhibit includes detailed information about the history and growth of the schools, anecdotes from students who attended them, and a host of artifacts that include: a 1948 report card; teachers’ guides; books on learning to speak, write and sing in the language of their new home; school flags and pennants; posters; school photos; yearbooks; athletic jackets and trophies; a high school diploma; a bison head that was worn by the varsity mascot at the Mannheim, Germany high school; a statement from General Colin Powell, US Army, Ret.; and much more. Many of the artifacts in the exhibit are provided by the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS), based in Wichita, Kansas.

“Schooling with Uncle Sam” is free to the public and available at the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Avenue NE (corner of Central and Edith). The library is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except for Thursdays, when it opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. Please stop by and learn more about how children of military families received excellent education in places around the world thanks to “Uncle Sam.” To access the exhibit, please check in at the library’s Information Desk. The exhibition closes on August 22.

The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center (MAMF) collects and preserves the stories, experiences, documents, photos, and artifacts of the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, spouses, siblings, and others who have loved and supported a member of America’s military services from Revolutionary War times to modern times. MAMF is an all-volunteer not-for-profit online entity in quest of a permanent home in Albuquerque and is launching a capital campaign to support that quest.

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Governor Martinez Says the “New Mexico True” Campaign Is Working

By Museum of the American Military Family
At an Albuquerque press conference on June 29, New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez said that “half-a-million more visitors came to New Mexico in 2014 than in 2013” and that all-in-all, the state counted “32.7 million travelers last year.”

Following her presentation, MAMF Secretary for Public Affairs – Ole – had five minutes of one-on-one conversation with the Governor who was pleased and impressed that a MAMF exhibit had attracted 20,000 visitors in 2014. “You’re doing your share,” she told Ole.

Ole was able to tell her about MAMF and the upcoming exhibition, “Schooling with Uncle Sam,” and she said she would look forward to an invitation. When she told Ole she would plan a visit to the museum, he explained that we are in search of a home and are close to finding a semi-permanent place – and added that “we could use some help.” He gave her a MAMF brochure and told her that MAMF had received some comments from General Colin Powell and a letter of encouragement from Jill Biden.

Ole was also able to spend time with the Tourism Department Communications Director, Heather Bricanti, to tell her about MAMF and its programs. As the conference broke up, Ole gave a MAMF brochure to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham and told her he would like to come talk with her sometime soon.

Latham had told the group that the New Mexico True Campaign promises tourists that they will have experiences “steeped in culture” when visiting the state. Both she and the Governor stressed that tourism initiatives were also focusing on attracting more state residents to travel within New Mexico.

The Governor said she was proud to announce that this was the “third year in a row for record-breaking tourism growth for New Mexico.”

Memorial Day in Bernalillo, NM

Please help MAMF acquire a permanent home

IMG_0933The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center needs your help. We’ve found a building to buy in Albuquerque, NM, and can take immediate possession with $35,000 down, and open the doors this summer.

MAMF honors Military Families—of all branches and all generations—If we all pitch in, we can help create a permanent museum showcasing Military Families.

All supporters will be recognized in the museum in a permanent display. Together, we can do this!

MAMF is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit. Your contribution will help make this a reality.



4 Voices Performance at the Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center in ABQ

On March 27, MAMF Director, Circe and MAMF Writer-in-Residence, Caroline joined poets Jacqueline Murray Loring  and Karin Bradberry onstage to perform as “4 Voices”. The Apronistas, a collective of women artists brought along their healing dolls as part of Women’s History Month events. Here are some photos from the 27th.


Month of the Military Child

Slide1 2Story from the Army News Service  and  The Bayonet Photo: Bing copyright-free images

Whereas, since 1986, Army installations around the world recognize the sacrifices and applaud the courage of military children by celebrating the Month of the Military Child throughout the month of April; and

Whereas, each day, military children undergo unique challenges, which they face with resilience and dignity beyond their years; and

Whereas, it is essential to recognize that military children make significant contributions to the country while dealing with uncertainty and concern for their parents during extended hours and long deployments; and

Whereas, the high demand of Family responsibility that military children accept takes courage and strength as they serve the Nation along with their parents; and

Whereas, our men and women in uniform cannot focus on the missions or challenges ahead if they are concerned about their children at home; and

Whereas, the Army strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment for military children to enable a stronger and more resilient fighting force; and

Whereas, the Month of the Military Child reinforces this concept, reminds the nation that the service members’ children also serve, and gives communities an opportunity to share their gratitude for the service of military children; and

Now, therefore, we hereby join the nation in honoring our military children throughout the month of April.

John M. McHugh Secretary of the Army

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Army chief of staff

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey Sergeant Major of the Army

Read more here: http://www.thebayonet.com/2015/03/31/774360/month-of-the-military-child.html#storylink=cp.

Ribbon Cutting For “Not Forgotten Outreach” in Taos, NM

Not Forgotten Outreach is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting of the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center in Taos, New Mexico, on 06 April 2015 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

We invite you to JOIN us for the Ceremony and live music by the Jimmy Staddler Band and good eats from the Farm House Café, who will be providing snacks & refreshments.

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together for up to a week free, and help each other reintegrate into society. The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war. By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.

“Ol Orinda” Offerings

· Taos Veterans Farming Project learn basic skills & best practices for sustainable farming for business or hobby
· Therapy animals
· Lodging, class & office space
· Secluded tranquility with breathtaking mountain views

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.

Not Forgotten Outreach would like to thank Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. a 501(c)(3) is dedicated to motivating Military, Veterans & their Families and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process. Providing opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeships and at the same time enhance personal well-being.

For Further information Contact Don Peters, at 575-224-1503 or don@notforgottenoutreach.org


Don Peters
Executive Director, Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.


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