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Soggy

Soggy Northern Virginia, 31 December 2018   As a very wet, soggy 2018 changes into 2019, I am focused more on a different set of numbers. 200,000, or 400,000, or perhaps a number somewhere in between. Depending on which government source and which moment of a particular day, there are somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 members of our Armed Forces not sleeping in their own bed tonight. The numbers change continuously and by the second. These guardians of our freedom—be they men or women. Marines, Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard or other. Whether on permanent change of station or temporary duty—they are manning the ramparts so that the rest … Continue reading

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NMAW on Veterans Day

NMAW will be bringing a World War 2 Dodge Weapons Carrier  to the Mission BBQ in Chantilly, VA. on Veterans day. We will be set up from 10am until after 2pm. Please drop by to say “Hi” and  support this great business that does so much for our veterans.   > Chantilly, VA Chantilly, VA 13067 Lee Jackson Mem. Hwy. Fairfax, VA 22033 Directions 571-325-0975  Restaurant 703-495-2746  Catering

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2018 Tank Farm Open House

This years Tank Farm Open House was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23 in Nokesville, VA.  Due to rain overnight on Saturday and all day Sunday, the second day of the event had to be canceled.  Despite the challenges imposed by significant rain in the weeks prior, Saturday was a huge success with thousands of people making their way through the gate. Tanks and military vehicles where, as usual, the featured attraction, but by no means the only one.  The vehicles displays were enhanced by several groups of reenactors who set up their camps at various locations around the farm. The Marine Corps Historical Society conducted demonstrations to include … Continue reading

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Gabriel Field, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

Gabriel Field, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky   Gabriel Field, Fort Campbell Kentucky, is a place I did not know about until last week. But it will be forever etched in my memory from now on. It is a parade ground surrounded by lines of trees. Not just any trees. These trees are planted each time a base member dies in combat. At the foot of each tree is a small bronze plaque inscribed with the Fallen Hero’s name, Date and Place of Death. Too many names. Too many far off places. Some trees are now 30-40 years old. Unfortunately, some are brand new. American flags flutter in the breeze at the … Continue reading

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Voices of Freedom Visit the Army Heritage and Education Center

The Voices of Freedom visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA on May 18 – 19 to take part in the 2018 version of Army Heritage Days.  This is the first time the VOF has participated in the annual event. Rain the morning of the first day and threats of rain the remainder of the weekend kept crowds low, however, those that attended were greeted with tank and halftrack demonstrations and reenactors depicting army units from colonial days to present.  The Army Heritage and Education Center was also open to visitors and provided those visitors with walk through of the Army’s rich history. The Voices of Freedom conducted … Continue reading

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Mansions of the Lord: A Tribute to the Fallen

A tribute to the U.S. military service personnel who gave their all for our freedom from videographer John Langskov.

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Thank you volunteers for another great year!

As another year comes to a close, I wanted to thank all the volunteers that have made it possible for us to put on another open house. It is their tireless dedication to the collection, museum and all those who have served and continue to serve that make it possible to bring NMAW to the public. As the operations manager of Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles I have the honor to work alongside this dedicated group of people on a daily basis and have the utmost respect for their dedication and positive attitude. We have now winterized the collection and have moved all our work inside the shops for the … Continue reading

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M 10 ammo trailer restoration

Here are some pictures of our M10 Ammunition Trailer, before and after. We have been working on it for the last couple of months and just completed it, the cover is NOS and makes it look as original. The M10 trailer weighs about 2000 lbs and loaded can weigh about 5000 lbs. it would have been towed behind a M7, M10, CCKW and other vehicles. Remember this and other restored vehicles can be seen at open house on September 24 & 25. John S.    

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July 4th

As we think back on the Independence Day Holiday…   One of the founding principles of the Americans in Wartime Museum is its vision to not only honor the brave men and women in uniform who served our country, but to demonstrate via the museum the sacrifices made by ALL Americans at various parts of our history.  Because during the War of Independence fought on our soil, civilians were in the line of fire.  The very first shots fired at Lexington and Concord were basically from civilians. And civilians were in the line of fire throughout our military operations.  But most importantly, the folks on the home front also made … Continue reading

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M 1917 restoration

The museum’s M 1917 light tank is coming together and we hope to complete it in the near future. Its progress has been slow due to the difficulty in finding and fabricating parts that are missing or beyond repair. We will continue to post updates of its progress and we plan on having it out for our annual open house on Sept. 24,25.

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