b'U.S. Coast Guard Museumhttps://seahistory.org/museums-sites/us-coast-guard-academy-museumThe U. S. Coast Guards rich heritage dates back to1790, with the establishment of the Revenue Marine.The United States Revenue Cutter Service wasestablished by an act of Congress on August 4, 1790 asthe Revenue-Marine upon the recommendation of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.to serve as an armed customs enforcement service. As time passed, the service gradually gained missions either voluntarily or by legislation, including those of a military nature. The Revenue Cutter Service was generally referred to as the Revenue-Marine until July 31, 1894, when it was officially renamed the Revenue Cutter Service.The Revenue Cutter Service operated under the authorityof the U.S. Department of the Treasury. On January 28, 1915, the service was merged by an act of Congress with the United States Life-Saving Service to form the United States Coast Guard.As one of the first branches of the U.S. armed services,the Coast Guard has preserved a small but representative National Museum Photo by jpellgen collection that includes art and artifacts from the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation and the Steamboat of the Marine Corps The Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profitInspection Service. The collection also includes artifacts from throughout501(c)(3) organization to support the historical programs ofthe modern era including personal materials, uniforms, A Monument to HONOR, COURAGE & COMMITMENT the Marine Corps in ways not possible through governmentequipment, and tools.The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lastingfunds. The Foundations current primary mission is to secureU.S. Coast Guard Academytribute to U.S. Marines, past, present, and future. Situatedthe necessary funding to complete the construction of the15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320-4195on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico,National Museum of the Marine Corps. They also supportwww.history.uscg.mil/MuseumVirginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University,the Museums volunteer and educational programs.the Museums soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisersThe museum opened in 2006 with 200 years of MarineThe National Coast Guard of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-footCorps history depicting Americas 911 force from the structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the mostAmerican Revolution to Vietnam. Museum projectinnovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceableIn 2015 construction was started for expansion of the artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds ofmuseum. The new wing will nearly double in size, growingwww.coastguardmuseum.org/Marines in action. from 112,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet by 2020.The National Coast Guard Museum Association isThe Museum is a public-private partnership between the The expansion is being completed in stages and will featurecommitted to building a world-class Museum that will not U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. the addition of an IMAX-style movie theater, refurbished aircraftonly honor the heritage of the U.S. Coast Guard, but also and combat vehicles along with a host of new exhibits. provide to the public a gateway to discover Coast Guard life.Exhibits will cover Marine missions in Panama andInteractive exhibits, programs, public and privateGrenada, the deadly barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon;partnerships, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield; and the wars in(STEM)-based educational programs and leadership training Iraq and Afghanistan.opportunities are expected to be a formidable part of the The new wing also will house a host of authentic artifactsMuseum experience.used during this period, including a refurbished F/A-18National Coast Guard Museum Associations board, fighter jet, an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter, an M60A1announced at a ceremony in late Juy that the first phasetank, an MRAP-All Terrain Vehicle, drones and more. J of construction is projected to start in early 2020.Located near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico,The final design, which was approved by the boardVirginia, this museum features interactive exhibits thatearlier this year, features an 80,000-square-foot, five-story, surround visitors with artifacts and immerse them in theinteractive museum.sights and sounds of Marines in action. The Museum will be built on the waterfront, next to the Marine Corps Photo www.usmcmuseum.com/marine-corps-links.htmlCross Sound Ferry Terminal inNew London, Connecticut.26 Military Appreciation Resource Magazine Aberdeen Proving Ground'