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public about the efforts of their neigh-bors, co-workers and family members. “A key component will be a memo-rial to the Guardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terrorism,” says Guthrie. The names of those who have been killed in the line of duty will be inscribed on the memorial, which also will include steel from the World Trade Center that has been donated to the NGEF by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The concept design for the gallery has been completed. It will take over the final two rooms of the current museum, including a small exhibit opened in 2005 that is dedicated to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “In order to make this happen, we’ve gone out and raised new chari-table monies,” says Guthrie. “Hun-dreds of individuals and corporations have stepped up.” Work will begin soon on the proj-ect that will take several months. Pearl is now collecting artifacts to tell the story of the post-9/11 Guard. “At 1,000-square feet, we can’t be encyclopedic,” she says of the space, but there is room to represent the many tasks undertaken by the Guard around the country and the globe. For example, she plans to equip a mannequin with all of the assorted gear a combat soldier carries in a war zone, from night-vision goggles to a flak vest to a first-aid kit. Many visitors may not have any idea how loaded down a soldier must be to operate in a hostile area, she says. But she wants the gallery to be about more than the combat role of the Guard. The State Partnership Program and the unique agribusiness development teams will be featured. “Both of those reflect the best of the Guard,” she says. A Polish tea set given as a gift to the Illinois adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Wil-liam L. Enyart Jr., will help represent the more than 60 partnerships between states and nations around the world. Pearl says the agriculture teams will be represented by a beekeeper’s mask which was used by a Guardsman in Afghanistan to help a village establish a hive of bees to produce honey and by an apple crate that was part of a commercial venture in another village. Such simple items can make ter-rific museum displays, Pearl says. She hopes to receive other pieces to reflect the medical evacuation mission of Pearl notes that the artifacts and the gallery can have benefits beyond education of the public and honor for the Guard. The museum is located in the Na-tional Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters, just a couple blocks “We want the gallery to reflect not just conflict, but the real breadth of what the Guard does around the world.” —Cathleen Pearl Deputy director, National Guard Educational Foundation the Guard, as well as its engineering work, civil affairs mission and the as-sorted other jobs. “It may seem mundane to them. It’s what they use every day,” Pearl says. “But to someone not in that line of work, it’s really interesting to see.” from Capitol Hill. “We get people in this building who can make things happen for the Guard,” she says. Ron Jensen can be contacted at (202) 408-5885 or at ron.jensen@ngaus.org. H OW Y OU C AN H ELP More dollars and artifacts are needed to make the 9/11 Era Gallery a real-ity. Anyone interested in providing artifacts to the museum should contact Cathleen Pearl at cathleen.pearl@ngaus.org. Financial donations can be made by using the envelope attached to this page or by contacting Luke Guthrie at (202) 408-5886 or luke.guthrie@ngaus.org. A ugust 2011 | 65

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