FORT LEE, Va. — A complete remodeling of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, planned to take place over a three- to four-year span, was announced Thursday with a ribbon cutting of the first redesigned exhibition.
Museum director Paul Morando estimated costs to renovate all of the exhibits to be anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000. He said funding sources would be the Army, the museum's foundation and the U.S. Army Quartermaster School on post.
Improvements to the first exhibition began a little over a year ago and include artifacts, images, displays and interactive video modules to portray the mission and duties of the Army's Aerial Delivery and Field Services Department.
One of five training departments at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, the school trains enlisted soldiers in the military occupational specialties of parachute rigger, shower and laundry, and clothing repair.
The ADFSD is charged with providing needed supplies and basic services to Army units. Parachute riggers pack parachutes for aerial delivery operations used to deliver supplies by aircraft to combat zones. Shower and laundry and clothing repair specialists are responsible keeping showers and laundries clean, and for clothing alterations and repairs.
Morando said the goal of the exhibition was to realistically capture how the department operates in an engaging way.
"By bringing in key artifacts and using multi-media modules, I feel we have captured what riggers and field service personnel do on a daily basis," Morando said. "We really wanted to refresh history to teach in a different way to appeal to everyone — soldiers, civilians and the general public."
Brig. Gen. John O'Neil, Army quartermaster and commandant of the Army Quartermaster School, said the exhibition was about keeping history alive.
"There are so many stories to tall about all of those men and women who served selflessly on freedom's frontier," O'Neil said.