Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MILITARY MATTERS: Remembering 9/11 | WTVM Report, 31 August 2011

WTVM's Chuck Leonard visited the National Infantry Museum and the Patriot Park IMAX to get the scoop on our next event, REMEMBERING 9/11: CELEBRATING THE RESILIENCE OF OUR NATION. Catch the report as part of the 5:30 broadcast tonight (31 August), or check out the video here:


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REMEMBERING 9/11: Your Story, #1 | National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning/Columbus, Georgia

Today, we begin our on-going series of 9/11 recollections, as shared by our readers. The following comes from PFC Brandon Huskisson, currently serving in the United States Army Infantry. Thank you, PFC Huskisson, for your story and your service:

On September 11, 2001, I was in 6th grade at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte, NC. I was in social studies class when the science teacher down the hall came to notify my teacher of what happened.
None of us knew what was going on because we were too young to understand the magnitude of it. Little did I know that that day would be the foundation of the problems we now fight against in the Middle East.
I am now a PFC in 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. My MOS is 11B-Infantryman. Deploying next year to Afghanistan. 9/11 has influenced my life very much. I look forward to defending our country next year. Infantry leads the way!
PFC Huskisson, Brandon
If you have a story to share, email jbeck@nationalinfantryfoundation.org. Over the coming weeks, stories will be posted every 1-2 days. If your submission is selected for publication, you will be notified immediately. The National Infantry Foundation retains the right to edit for clarity and content (grammar errors, offensive language, etc.), but will not alter the intent of the writer. These are your stories in your words.

Monday, August 22, 2011

REMEMBERING 9/11 Article Submissions

A full day of family-friendly events...click the "Remembering 9/11" tab at the top of the page for more information!

ATTENTION ALL WRITERS, VETERANS AND PATRIOTS:
As you know, this September 11 will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed the world and defined a generation. Thousands died that day and thousands more have given their lives to prevent such an attack from happening again.

Above all else, the National Infantry Museum is a museum of people, not just dates and artifacts. As part of our 9/11 memorial program, the National Infantry Museum is giving you the chance to share your story with the world. Where were you on 9/11? Did you lose a loved one in the attacks? Are you a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom? From now until September 11, we'll be publishing your stories on this blog!

To kick this off, one of our staff has provided his own personal reflections on the free screening film for September 11, The Man Who Predicted 9/11. Covering the extraordinary life and service of COL Rick Rescorla (US Army, Ret.), the film documents how his foresight and courage were directly responsible for saving over 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001.

Click to read more about this film and Rick Rescorla


TO PARTICIPATE:
  • Email your stories to jbeck@nationalinfantryfoundation.org
  • There is no length limit, so write as much as you please.
  • Not all submissions are guaranteed to be published; you will be notified if yours is selected.
  • Be respectful. Offensive language will not be tolerated.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

*NEW* National Infantry Museum Combat Simulators | Grand Opening on Friday, 12 August 2011


Beginning 12 August 2011, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will place you in the middle of the action with our new combat simulator attractions!
Three different pricing options to enjoy all 3 of the NIM's simulator attractions











Located in the Grand Hall, the NIM Sim provides a high-fidelity, information-rich experience in which you can take part in a virtual test drive of the U.S. Army's mechanized operations. The NIM Sim operates from the America's Army computer game, rendered with state-of-the-art Army training simulation technology to create a life-sized virtual world.

You'll conduct high speed missions in an authentically-recreated operating environment, employing teamwork, rules of engagement, high-tech equipment and leadership to achieve mission success.

SCENARIO
Experience a virtual simulation of today's modern battlefield
A well-armed genocidal faction in the national city of Nradreg has surrounded a group of humanitarian aid workers and refugees, who face starvation and imminent attack. This enemy faction has rejected all diplomatic efforts to negotiate safe passage of relief supplies. As part of international relief efforts, a combined U.S. Army air, sea and ground task force has been ordered to use appropriate force to reach the remote compound, fighting through fierce resistance to rescue friendlies and deliver vital supplies.

EXPERIENCE
Receive your mission, assemble your team, and roll out!
Up to seven participants take their places in an HMMWV simulator modeled on vehicles employed by Army Special Forces, firing M4 rifles or assigned special duties such as CROWS Gunner or HMMWV Turret Gunner.

Four other participants load into a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter where they employ light arms and provide air support against enemy forces attacking the ground convoy.
Both teams work together to rescue noncombatants and neutralize enemy forces, navigating through the chaos that typifies the contemporary operating environment.


ADVISORY
Rated T for realistic
combat environment
(no blood/graphic violence)
Total simulation runtime: 6 minutes

Must be 50" tall to fire M4 rifles; no height restriction for operating the CROWS system with a standard game controller

To maximize the experience, the NIM Sim contains motion effects and LOUD noises; user discretion advised

No flash photography, food or drink permitted

Same system used at the Virtual Army Experience (VAE) traveling show, based on the America's Army PC game, as featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fox News, CNN and AdWeek