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First Snow

First Snow Last week, the fine folks of northern Virginia were treated to their first snowflakes of the season.  As the weather forecasters say, it was a conversational snow.  And it occurred mid-day, so it didn’t screw up traffic….always important around here. Folks gathered up at the windows and pointed to the flakes.  There were a few gasps as the wind whipped it sideways at times.  But in general, everybody took it as a marker of the Holiday season to come. Holiday season, a time to come out of the cold and enjoy good food, good wine, and warmth of company.  People gather at family and friends, and at the … Continue reading

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The Big Reveal

On Saturday of the 2019 version of the Open House, the Americans in Wartime Museum demonstrated once again why it is an international leader in the restoration and display of armored vehicles.  It did something that literally no other museum across the globe could do…….  Intrigued?  Good, read on. That day was the culmination of years of planning, and thousands of hours of hard work, sweat, and tears by the staff and volunteers. Saturday was glorious in terms of weather, and, visitors for the Open House.  The field was crammed with vehicles, living historians, and our wonderful fans.  But as 11:00 am approached, there was a buzz across the display … Continue reading

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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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Keep ‘Em Running: Englands Tank Museum

  At Bovington Camp in Great Britain is The Tank Museum.  Not the “Tank Farm” we all know and love in Nokesville, VA, but across the Atlantic in southwest England.  There one will find over 300 tanks of all sizes and shapes.   So why blog about a tank place that is thousands of miles away?  Because I just came back from visiting there last week and one thing struck me while I toured the facilities….the spirit of mission and values that imbues the staff and volunteers at such a place.   The Tank Museum at Bovington recently had its Open House.  And I enjoyed tremendously seeing some rare and … Continue reading

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July 4th

Thinking about the 4th of July…………..AFTER It is now several weeks since the 4th of July; the grills are once again cool, the fireworks have exploded and America’s celebration of her Birthday has come and gone. I thought about this because my Birthday is coming up in a few days and it caused me to think about what I saw and did on the 4th. My lovely bride and I braved the heat to attend the National Parade down Constitution Avenue. Having never attended previously, I did not know what to expect. But all along the march route were thousands of eager faces, young and old. Many waving American flags. … Continue reading

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From the gunners position, an open house story.

WHAM!!! WHAM!!! A Perspective on being a Sherman Tank Gunner at the Americans in Wartime Museum Open House I recently had the honor and privilege to serve as the Gunner on our M4A1 Sherman Tank during the 2016 Open House. The experience was so incredible I thought I would share the sights and sounds of what it was like. Preparation started well before the Open House. We carefully carried the un-charged (but primed) rounds out to the Sherman to make sure each would fit into the cannon’s breech. Museum staff then made arrangements to have blank 75mm rounds charged with powder under controlled conditions. After the powder was carefully measured … Continue reading

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Ozzy and Company at the Tank Farm

The Tank Farm had an unlikely visitor in March.  Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack came out to film an episode of a new show named, “Ozzy and Jacks World Detour.”  The show is slated for ten hour long episodes and will feature Ozzy and his son Jack, both self proclaimed history nerds.  They hit the road and make their way around the world stopping at historically significant spots that include Mt. Rushmore, The Alamo, the Jamestown Settlement, and yes, the Tank Farm. While at the Tank Farm, Ozzy took a tour led by museum staff and was very intrigued to say the least by the tanks and other military … Continue reading

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