From our Family to Yours


One Community Auto has Partnered with MAMF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center Selects One Community Auto to Handle Vehicle Donations 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, November 15, 2020—The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF)  announced today an affiliation with One Community Auto to increase the value of vehicles donated in support of the organization’s mission. MAMF will work with One Community Auto to promote the program to their supporters, detailing how the fast-track program works to bring in monies for their critical missions.

One Community Auto repairs and refurbishes the donated cars and other vehicles, then sells them in their monthly online auction. The online sales effort means quicker sales, getting the monies raised to specific charities to provide additional critical funding. 

“We are appreciative of the opportunity to be part of this program,” says MAMF Secretary/Public Affairs Dr. Allen Dale Olson. “One Community Auto is a veteran owned business and works hard to support military and veteran organizations in New Mexico. Even though One Community Auto is in Albuquerque, it can accept donations from anywhere in the US. We look forward to working with One Community Auto.”

The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served–America’s Military Families.

MAMF encourages its supporters to learn more about the opportunity to turn cars into cash to support its mission by visiting https://militaryfamilymuseum.org/donate/

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For Additional Information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director (505) 504-6830

Museum of the American Military Family.  546B State Highway 333  Tijeras, NM 87059


We are seeking submissions of stories about schooling on military installations.

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Schooling With Uncle Sam will focus on personal memories–what it was like to work or study in the school system, to live and work in a foreign country or military installation – the mundane, funny, or tragic events and interactions that made for a memorable experience. Stories should be about a certain time, event, or experience about school/work/life with DoDEA (or with its predecessor organizations such as DoDDS, USDESEA, DEG, etc.) Authors included in the anthology will receive a free copy of the book in lieu of payment.  All stories become the property of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collections Library. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to help the Museum continue to bring exhibits and programming to the museum community free of charge.This is a chance to preserve a unique history and to be a part of it. It’s an opportunity to share a personal look at a world-wide school system serving America’s world-wide interests and assuring that your involvement with it will be recognized. You can submit up to three different pieces for the book.


CALL FOR STORIES-75th Anniversary DODDS-DODEA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On October 14, 2021,  the Museum of the American Military Family will observe the 75th anniversary of the opening of Defense Department Dependents Schools in Europe and the Far East by releasing a commemorative anthology,  “SCHOOLING WITH UNCLE SAM.”

The anthology will not focus on the school system history or governing policies but on  personal memories–what it was like to work or study in the school system, to live and work in a foreign country or military installation and move from year to year to another country or state  – the mundane, funny, or tragic events and interactions that made for a memorable experience. Stories should be about a certain time, event, or experience about school/work/life with DoDEA (or with its predecessor organizations such as DoDDS, USDESEA, DEG, etc.)

This is a chance to preserve a unique history and to be a part of it. It’s an opportunity to share a personal look at a world-wide school system serving America’s world-wide interests and assuring that your involvement with it will be recognized.

Your story  should be first-person and can be as long or short as you choose. Please also consider including black-and-white photos to help illustrate your memoir. You can submit up to three different pieces for the book.

Authors included in the anthology will receive a free copy of the book in lieu of payment.  All stories become the property of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collections Library. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to help the Museum continue to bring exhibits and programming to the museum community free of charge.

Story suggestions … a unique classroom, your daily commute to school, your host nation neighborhood, a military “incident” in or around school, a favorite host nation restaurant or field trip experience,  a celebrity or high ranking or local dignitary visiting your school, something funny at school. Or an event memorable to you.

You need not be an accomplished writer to participate. MAMF will provide minor editing to sharpen your contribution.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 2, 2021. The anthology will be released at a public anniversary observance in October of 2021.

To submit a story, or for more information, please e-mail the submissions to OlsonAllen@msn.com.

To learn more about the museum visit the website: www.militaryfamilymuseum.org and follow us on FB http://www.facebook.com/MuseumoftheAmericanMilitaryFamily.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SOME REMARKABLE MEMORIES!

 


TELLING THE STORY OF MILITARY FAMILIES

As the only museum in the country dedicated to collecting and preserving the stories, documents, photographs, and artifacts of the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and spouses of those who serve and have served in America’s military, the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF)includes a permanent exhibition about the history of DoDEA since its founding and a collection of  teacher-collected artifacts from around the world.

Founded by former DoDEA teacher and student, Circe Olson Woessner is the daughter of long-time DoDEA staffer and WWII veteran and is a military wife and mother and brings a realistic and enriching perspective to the unique challenges and achievements of military families.

Besides presenting permanent and revolving exhibits about the life style of military family members and the educators who support them, MAMF conducts town hall meetings about military and military veteran issues and interacts with a world-wide audience through a variety of social media and through a series of audio and video podcasts.

MAMF has been recognized in each of the past three years with Awards of Excellence by the American Association of State and Local History including an Albert Corey Award for exceptionally distinguished programming. It is affiliated with the American Alliance of Museums, the New Mexico Association of Museums, and the Museum Collaborative Council of Albuquerque.

MAMF’s Operation Footlocker is a mini mobile museum treasure chest of memories donated by military families, military brats, and teachers from the overseas schools of the Defense Department. The fleet of eight footlockers travels around the USA – to brat functions, to schools, to libraries, to teacher and military reunions – anywhere people gather who want to learn more about the military family experience.

Dr. Woessner is now looking forward to next October and the 75th anniversary of the establishments of DoDEA schools around the world. She is planning to publish an anthology of stories by teachers, past and present, about their unique experiences teaching and working in civilian-type schools on military installations throughout the States and around the world. Through DoDEA and MAMF websites, she will issue a call for stories along with guidelines for submission in October 2020.

MAMF has already published a series of such anthologies: War Child, a collection of stories by adults who grew up as children in a war zone; Front Lines to the Homefront, stories by adults reflecting on their experiences in or around war; On Freedom’s Frontier: Life on the Fulda Gap, stories by veterans and family members who lived and worked along one of the world’s most sensitive potential battlegrounds.

Their anthology SHOUT! Sharing our Truth, by LGBT veterans and veteran family members about their service in the military before and after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, has been produced as a play performed in Richmond, Virginia, and scheduled for performances in San Francisco and Providence next year. MAMF has also turned the anthology into a documentary film.

Visit website www.militaryfamilymuseum.org to learn more about MAMF and what it is doing to honor military families and the schools that serve them and to provide a place for scholars to learn the history of the millions of families who have also “served” our country.


Happy 103rd Birthday Doris Baker!

On September 23, 2020, HMOR Ms. Doris C. Baker was presented a Special Forces Flag by SFA Chapter 84 member Chad Rogers in honor of her (Friday September 25th) 103rd Birthday. She was wearing her special SF necklace and autographed a copy of her book “The Originals” for Chad.

 


UMMC preserved by Alum


The UMMC Keller

The university established a “Student Keller” under the Officer’s Club for us in 1966. We were told that it was, at one time, the SS pistol range for the German military during World War II. In fact, the stage used by live bands was where the targets used to hang. We students fixed it up with a bar and tables and chairs that local German breweries gave us. It was a nice place to meet and dance without having to go off McGraw Kaserne, especially in the colder months of Munich. Stephen R. Sirbaugh, 1965-1967 from the book, Noch Eins

The Student Keller was great unless you lived on the other side of the main street (Tegernsee Landstrasse) on McGraw Kaserne. This was a major street that went right through the middle of McGraw Kaserne from the back gate to the front gate. The German Polizei would occasionally open the back and front gates on busy weekends to let the German traffic go straight through McGraw Kaserne, instead of having to drive around McGraw Kaserne. That was great for the city of Munich, but very dangerous for us drunken college students who had to get back to the girls’ dorms or the freshman boys’ dorm (Beukema Hall).
As long as I attended, I never heard of any of us getting hit by a vehicle, but to this day, I still can’ t believe we used to dodge cars to get back to our rooms. I can’t believe the Germans or the U.S. Forces permitted such a policy. In the ’80’s, the city of Munich dug out the main street on McGraw Kaserne and made walkway bridges over the open below ground roadway.
Stephen R. Sirbaugh, 1965-1967
Photo: Pat McCabe

Photo: Pat McCabe

I have a lot of fond memories down at the Keller below the Officers Club at McGraw. Some of the guys formed a band – they were pretty good – – the Outcasts played a lot of the hits of the day that we used to listen to on AFN –the Beatles, Stones, Mamas and Papas, Loving Spoonful, James Brown… Just to name a few–From Noch Eins.
Photo: Pat McCabe

Photo: Pat McCabe


Munich Campus Memories

A Virtual Walk Down Memory Lane

 

Servus! We hope you like our little tribute to our beloved “Cobble Stone Campus.” Almost every object has a link to it–and will take you to a story, song or video. It is not the most elegant presentation, but it is heartfelt. If you enjoy this blast from the past, please look for our museum (Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center) on the web or on Facebook. Or scrounge up some bier money and consider donating to our building fund. As always, we thank you. Prost!

So after class, it’s time to head to the dorm for some studying and then to get ready to head out on the town!


Follies of Youth

One night at the Keller, a newbie from the land of round doorknobs sat down with us and proceeded to down some good ‘ol German bier. Now, being a newbie, and not used to the German bier (much stronger than the American beer-flavored water), his attempt to keep up with us resulted in a very soused individual in a very short time. He proceeded to pass out after the third “halbe”. Being the concerned citizen that I was, (and still am), I volunteered to carry him back to the dorm after finishing up my fifth “halbe”. I got him up the stairs to the first landing, and proceeded to drop him on his head… This woke him up, and with a mighty “OOOWWWWWWW”, he was able to more or less crawl up the remaining stairs…and with some assistance from me, was able to make it back to the dorm. The next morning was spent not so much nursing a hang-over, but a nagging headache from being dropped on said head… but, all ended well. I do wish I was able to stay for more semesters…but there was this thing called the “draft”…and I decided to get it over with… Ahhh, the follies of youth…
Norm Peterson, UMMC 1971 from Noch Eins
Photo: Pat MCabe