Field Museum Support Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Anniston Army Depot hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Field Museum Support Center. Numerous curators from US Army museums were on-hand to assist in the ribbon cutting event. The administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Gerald O'Keefe, and the deputy chief of staff, G-8, for the Secretary of the Army John Daniels, presided over the opening. O’Keefe says the Field Museum Support Center will centralize the Army's museums' collections to best support the mission of telling the Army story. Field Museum Support Center Contractor John Gurner who also serves as curator says the collections in storage will be maintained by well-trained and focused curators allowing the museums to better rotate their exhibits to keep them fresh and exciting for returning and new visitors. Currently the Army Museum System collection consists of more than 650,000 artifacts located at 228 sites centrally managed by the Center of Military History, the Museum Division. There are also two Reserve Component and 48 National Guard museums.