Saturday, December 7, 2013

General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox, Kentucky

We visited the George Patton Museum of Leadership located on the Fort Knox base. Drove by the actual Fort Knox where all the gold is stored, but did not have time to stop in there. The George Patton Museum of Leadership is the U.S. Army's only museum dedicated to the history of Army leadership at all levels and ranks. It operated as the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor from 1949-2010, when it began transformation to its new theme and storyline.

Today's museum devotes 33,000 square feet of space to exhibits covering topics as varied as Army history since 1775 and recent operations including Afghanistan and Iraq. Other immersive and interactive exhibits using the latest technology cover leadership in the Civil War, the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. The famous General George C. Patton, Jr. collection is featured throughout the museum, including many artifacts that are on exhibit for the first time. The museum also features exhibits on the Army's peacetime operations, training and recruiting. Outdoor exhibits include several historic armored vehicles, Armor Memorial Park, and a restored WWII Barracks.

The General George Patton Museum of Leadership is the only museum dedicated to telling the history of Army leadership. Through a multi-year transformation, the museum will use the latest technology to bring its artifacts to life and tell the stories of leaders at all levels from corporal to general. The Museum will not only tell the enduring story of General Patton's life-long study of history and human character; it will also tell visitors about the importance of the human element in war and peace and how leadership makes the difference. The Museum also collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits artifacts related to the history of Fort Knox from 1918 to the present, plus the story of Army recruiting, and the history of the Reserve Officer's Training Corps.

Background, beliefs, education and experience shapes character. Becoming a person of character is a life-long process. To some extent, everyone is responsible for their own character development, but leaders are responsible for encouraging, supporting and assessing the efforts of others. Doing the right thing is good, but doing the right thing for the right reason with the right goal is better and promotes an ethical climate. 

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