** NEW (Nov 2016). The FAO Heritage Pentagon Exhibit located in the 7/8 APEX, 2nd Floor is complete and the groundbreaking will be hosted by Mr. Daniel P.C. Feehan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), Performing Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) on December 12, 2016. For more details please click here.
Alongside the display, a formal process has been created (DRAFT) to establish a FAOA Charter endorsed, "FAO Hall of Fame/Annual Awards Program." Below is a sample of Phase 2 construction milestones including completion of the video wall.
Phase 1 is complete and can be viewed in Pentagon (7/8 APEX, 2nd Floor). Please scroll down for Phase 2 update.
For Phase 2, there are still plenty of opportunities to share ideas for design and content of the alternative wall including a need for additional artifacts especially those that may have been acquired during recent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Construction ends for Phase 1 and Phase 2 planning begins with funding received. DRAFT design content review, vendor negotiations, and preparations for final proof concept are well underway. Expected completion for the entire exhibit is later Fall 2014 with an anticipated ground breaking event. Please be check back frequently for a, "Save the Date." An overview of Phase 2 follows:
RECAP OF THE PROJECT'S GENISUS
On 3 September 2013, Mr. Al Jones, the Curator for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Exhibits sent forward specifications and guidance to The Saenz Group, the vendor who will begin construction of the FAO exhibit due for completion by the end of October 2013. This will finalize Phase I (FY13) portion of the project. See details below for Design and Construction schedule.
Pictured above (left to right), Mr. Al Jones and Mr. David Edwards (DLNSEO) signing off on final production proofs on December 2013.
Several FAO members invested volunteer time to assist with the review of production proofs on 29 August. This effort was led by the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) including Mr. David Edwards who was instrumental in securing additional funding for the project. Participants from this review who deserve personal thanks include:
- U.S. Navy FAO Proponent Program Manager, LCDR David Wilcox
- U.S. Army FAO, Commander of the U.S. Military Observer Mission – Washington (USMOG-W),
COL Tom Moffatt
- U.S. Army FAO (Ret. COL) Ray Bluhm who is also Chair of the FAO Heritage Exhibit History
- U.S. Army FAO (Ret. COL) Tom Wilhelm who also offered to provide the George C. Marshall
Center for European Center for Security Studies a personal progress report while TDY to
Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Both the Center and Ret. COL Wilhelm contributed several artifacts and
substantial review of the exhibit.
Additional appreciation must also be relayed to the FAO Journal Edit team, Service Historian offices, Dr. Roy McCullough and all of the artifacts he provided to support Lieutenant General Vernon Walters, LTC Jason Weece, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Program Manager, and FAO Heritage Exhibit Design Committee Chair, Ji Shin. We are also especially thankful for personal comments and insight provided by (U.S. Army retired) LTG Sam Wilson, one of the first Russia FAST graduates.
Located in the Pentagon 7/8 APEX (Corridors) on the 2nd Floor, the FAO exhibit will include three walls. The Design and Construction schedule is divided into two phases as followed:
PHASE I (FY13):
Consists of two walls. Due for completion by the end of October 2013.
- Wall 1 (pictured above) includes FAO Origins dating back to the expeditions of Lewis and Clark; FAO History and Development (starting in 1930 to a 21st Century theme titled, Redefining Global Partnerships); a section displaying the accomplishments of two FAO Pioneers, Lieutenant General Vernon Walters and General James Van Fleet; and a dedication to a FAO Founder, (U.S. Army Ret.) Lieutenant General Samuel Vaughan Wilson.
- Wall 2 (pictured below) is the primary front portion of the exhibit, which includes a definition of “What is a FAO?” in addition to an overview of DLNSEO as the lead sponsor of the exhibit. Wall 2 also includes a touch-screen internet kiosk, which will allow the display of multiple FAOs in Action categories of information like a FAO Hall of Fame and Roll of Honor.