MAJ. GEN. (ret.) GUS HARGETT RETIRES AS PRESIDENT OF NGEF
On March 13, 2017, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gus Hargett retired as the President of the National Guard Association of the United States. In that capacity, MG Hargett also retired as the President of NGEF. The Formal Announcement of Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gus Hargett’s retirement may be read here. His accomplishments are unparalleled and will leave a lasting impression on the National Guard. Also leaving an astounding legacy here, MG Hargett served as NGEF’s President during its most robust and dynamic period since being founded in 1975. During his tenure, the endowment quadrupled and the portfolio expanded exponentially. Because of his devotion to the Foundation, more people know the story of the National Guard than ever before. We are delighted that he remains a part of the NGEF future serving as the Vice Chairman of the NGEF Board of Directors. As we move forward, we welcome Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson (MS) as our new President!
Nine firms adding to earlier gifts were among the major financial contributions the National Guard Educational Foundation honored March 11 during a special reception at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C. In all, NGEF recognized 17 recent donations from corporations, individuals and families. The gifts of $10,000 were through the foundation’s Legion de Lafayette (LdL) program, which is reserved for its largest benefactors.
On Wednesday, December 7th, National Guard Museum Intern, Fall Semester, 2016, Heather Glady opened her exhibit on “1968 District of Columbia Army National Guard Riot Gear”. Her goal is twofold — first to demonstrate the growing significance of the Total Force “concept”. Total Force was yet to be realized as a policy until four years later in 1973. Secondly, she wanted to tie our collection to an exhibit NGEF and the Museum staff helped coordinate with the DC National Guard at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. For their exhibit, “You Say You Want a Revolution”, the DC Guard and NGEF have an entire 1968 uniform on loan through February, 2017. Heather’s exhibit here may be considered a small sister show.
On display the visitor can admire clearly written narratives placed next to an M-1 Garand bayonet, a canteen, a combat M-1 helmet and liner, and an M9A1 gas mask. This equipment had use that spanned several decades of conflict in good condition and utility. The adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind.
The artifacts will be on display during normal Museum hours through May, 2017.
28th ID (PA) Commemorative Plate
This commemorative plate celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of the official creation of the 28th Infantry Division, the oldest continually serving division in the U.S. Army. The Pennsylvania branch of this division can trace its roots back to the militia organized by Benjamin Franklin in 1747. The division has had many nicknames over the years, but two of the most well known are the “Keystone Division” and the “Iron Division.”
The Artifact of the Week program was initiated by NGEF in 2015. The artifact and description can be seen here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. All artifacts are on loan or owned by NGEF and are part of the National Guard Memorial Museum collection.