b'Big Changes Coming To The Future OfArmy HistoryBy Sean KimmonsArmy News Service, May 2, 2019www.army.mil/article/217965/big_changes_coming_to_the_future_of_army_historyFORT MEADE, Md. The Army Center of Military History realigned under Army Training and Doctrine Command May 1 to better promote history at schoolhouses across the force, officials recently announced. The Experiential Learning Center at the National Museum of the U.S. Army, which is projected to open in 2020, will The centers mission will remain the same and its activitiesbe a dedicated education space with G-STEM programs and interactives for visitors of all ages. will continue at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Fort McNair inThe museum, as well as nearly 50 other Army museums, falls under the Army Center of Military History. Washington, D.C.(Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo)Under TRADOC, a four-star command, the center will havesupport, funding and lines of accounting, and new ratingfurther access to inspire and educate Soldiers from trainees officials for GS-15 and above employees. in basic combat training to officers at staff colleges.The centers move is part of reforms being made by the It allows us to much more effectively do what we do onsecretary of the Army to ensure the headquarters level is behalf of the Army, said Charles Bowery Jr., the centersfocused on policy and oversight, and commanders at lower director.levels are properly equipped to carry out their functions. There are currently no plans to physically relocate or Were kind of the standard bearer of reform for the Army eliminate the centers 250 employees due to the realignment,in realigning to TRADOC, Bowery said. he added.The modern organization of Army historical efforts dates The Institute of Heraldry, a CMH directorate for theback to World War II as the service sought to record the past three years, however, will remain at the Departmentofficial history of the war, according to the centers website. of the Army headquarters level under the Office of theOver the decades, the center expanded that role into militaryAdministrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. history education, introduced automated data-retrieval systems, Other key changes will mainly occur behind the scenes,and currently manages the Armys museum system. such as new procedures for reporting and administrative The museum system includes 47 Army museums and176 other holdings, which have around 500,000 artifacts and over 15,000 works of military art.The center is also behind the National Museum of the U.S. Army, which is under construction at Fort Belvoir and pro-jected to open in 2020.With 750,000 visitors expected to visit each year, the museum will serve as a launch point for TRADOC to engage the public about the Army. We look at the national museum as a premiere platform to adver-tise the Army to the nation and the world, Bowery said. Other Army museums may also see changes as the center plans to look at some management reforms to ensure they run more efficiently. Its all about funding the secretary of the Armys priorities, Bowery said, and we want to make sure were good stewards of the money we receive to run the museums.(Photo Credit: National Infantry Museum)22 Military Appreciation Resource Magazine Aberdeen Proving Ground'