OCS Heritage Center proposed for Fort Benning Museum

by Jim Wright
TUSAOCSAA

Tampa, Florida -- The U. S. Army Officer Candidate Schools Alumni Association (USOCSAA) announced plans to build a Heritage Center that will be constructed within the confines at Wigle Hall, at Fort Benning, Georgia. This new “Heritage Center” will celebrate and recognize the history and traditions of OCS since its inception prior to World War II.

The new OCS Heritage Center will feature displays and information covering:

• World War II

• Korean War

• Vietnam War

• Women’s Army Corps

• America’s Volunteer Army

• Army of Excellence

• Global War on Terrorism

There will be galleries honoring fallen OCS graduates and Medal of Honor recipients. Interactive Kiosks will feature OCS Hall of Fame Honorees, Distinguished OCS Graduates plus Patterson and Nett Awardees.

OCS “Success Stories” will be highlighted along with biographies and personal glimpses into individuals who have excelled in both the military and commercial worlds.

“The OCS Heritage Center will be the only place honoring what Officer Candidate Schools have meant to the U.S. Army and America,” said COL John Ionoff (Ret), OCS Alumni Association President. “It’s how we plan to preserve the legacy of the more than 250,000 OCS graduates regardless of their school or training location.”

Ionoff continued, “Whether you were in the Infantry, Armor, Artillery, Engineering or Transportation, all will be honored at the Heritage Center at Fort Benning.”

The completion date and unveiling is projected at April 28, 2019 at Fort Benning, Georgia. A dedication ceremony is planned.

The Heritage Center will be funded primarily through donations and contributions by OCS graduates, sponsors and others interested in preserving military history.

To contribute, please visit www.ocsalumni.org/donate or call 813-505-8335.

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