January 4, 2016
General Gordon Sullivan, USA (Ret.) Joins Commission Efforts
Arlington, VA - General Gordon R. Sullivan has agreed to join the commemoration as a Special Advisor to the Commission.
Sullivan retired from the United States Army on 31 July 1995 after more than 36 years of active service. He culminated his service in uniform as the 32nd Chief of Staff—the senior general officer in the Army—and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the Chief of Staff of the Army, he created the vision and led the team that transitioned the Army from its Cold War posture. In August 1993, President Bill Clinton assigned the duties and responsibility of Acting Secretary of the Army to General Sullivan, who continued to serve as Chief of Staff.
He is the co-author, with Michael V. Harper, of Hope Is Not a Method (Random House, 1996), which chronicles the enormous challenges encountered in transforming the post-Cold War Army through the lens of proven leadership principles and a commitment to shared values. He serves on the boards of several major corporations, including Newell Rubbermaid. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University; a director of the Institute of Defense Analyses, and the Chairman Emeritus of the Marshall Legacy Institute. Sullivan is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Association of the United States Army, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. He assumed his current position at the Association in February 1998. For his work with AUSA, he was awarded the prestigious Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy in 2003. (Wikipedia)
Happy New Year - 2016 will be a busy year!
Washington, DC - It will be a busy year for us indeed. First a Commission vote is scheduled for January 25th on a design concept for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park. You can Check out the the five final design concepts for the Memorial on the Stage II Design Development page of the Commission web site. The Commission will vote on the morning of the 25th, and a press conference follows at 2 p.m. EST at the National Press Club.
Also coming on the 20th of April near Paris, the French Ministry of Defense with the American Battle Monuments Commission will re-dedicate the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial. The Memorial is the final resting place of Americans who flew under the French flag prior to the U.S. entry into the Great War.
The Lafayette Escadrille was the brainchild of three individuals: Mr. Norman Prince of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. William Thaw of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dr. Edmond Gros, an American expatriate living in France. Seeking to aid the Allied cause, they lobbied officials in Paris to create an all-American squadron within the French Air Service. In need of more combat forces and ever-aware of the positive propaganda value Americans flying under the French flag could afford in garnering United States support for the Allied cause, French officials approved the concept on August 21st, 1915. Read more.
Washington, DC - 2015 saw organizing committees spring up in every state and territory in the U.S. That activity is the result of the importance Americans place on the Great War and on our collective will to honor those who served then and now. Over 400 volunteers across the nation are working on education, planning, conferences, books, movies and social media to tell their story. To them we express our heartfelt thanks.
And to those of you who opened your wallets until it hurt, know that you have made a difference in how our great nation will be reminded of the sacrifices of those 4.7 million Americans who served a century ago.
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“They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes."
During a summer outing through the country, our Official Merchandise partner discovered an estate sale at a farm full of overlooked history. After digging deep into a bin of dusty artifacts, they found a rusty old metal sign. There was a story behind that sign and it spoke about our country’s history! The idea intrigued them enough to design a series of 8" X 12" WWI metal signs that would convey the same feelings today - feelings of pride and gratitude, but of reminiscent humor as well. Check out the whole series in the Official Merchandise Shop.