September 16, 2021
This week, I will be joining the SAC ACCA (Strategic Air Command Airborne Command and Control Association) for their conference and reunion in Charleston, SC. As the guest speaker for their banquet, I will be highlighting the recent completion of our EC-135 and asking them to join us in the redevelopment plans by sponsoring naming rights of the new area dedicated to Looking Glass. I hope to learn much more about their individual stories of the Cold War and the missions they were on, plus the stories of their loved ones who lived with a mission.
Well, the 2021 Gala is postponed until Spring 2022. It’s another casualty of COVID-19 as Mr. Dan Rather, who turns 90 next month is taking health precautions and not flying. It also appears there is a family medical issue that is also contributing to restraints on his travel. Instead of trying to get another speaker, it was decided to postpone. We are looking at dates, and as soon as we can find a good one (there is so much already planned by others), we will let you know.
The Museum has some exciting news; the Department of Defense’s DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) and the Museum are signing a Memorandum of Understanding, creating a joint partnership. The Partnership will allow the Museum to be the venue that helps tell the story of DPAA, the research in identifying lost souls, the forensic studies and ultimate return to loved ones. They will also be storing some artifacts here that are currently stored at Wright Patterson in Ohio. This is a super important role for the Museum in our continued effort to tell the stories of the human toll of conflict and the story of what it takes to fight for democracy. It fits perfectly into our strategy of being a significant regional and national museum in these subjects.
Thank you for your continued support of the Museum!