National Spokesman Joe Mantegna Tours Museum
Joe Mantegna, National Spokesman for the National Museum of the United States
Army, recently joined LTG Roger Schultz USA-Ret), Army Historical Foundation
(AHF) President, and Ms. Tammy Call, Director of the National Army Museum, to
view progress at the facility now under construction at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
It was Mantegna’s second visit to the site. His previous visit was in May 2018
while in the National Capital Region to co-host the annual Memorial Day Concert
on the National Mall.
“The progress made in the past year is unbelievable,” Mantegna told Schultz and Call as they moved from the Lobby to the Army Concourse that will provide visitors access to two of the three Museum’s major galleries and the Army Theater, “During my last visit this whole area was a football field-long, with nothing but four shed-like structures on one side to protect some macro artifacts, and what I was told would be another major gallery and a theater on the other side. Work on all of that is now well underway,” Mantegna added.
Schultz and Call guided Mantegna on the hour-long tour, with Schultz explaining the Foundation’s role in directing the funding and construction of the facility for the Army and Call providing details on her role in directing the Army’s installation of the exhibits and overseeing Museum operations when the facility opens in 2020. Mantegna showed particular interest in the Fighting for the Nation Galleries and the Experiential Learning Center, offering personal comments on the selfless service of specific Army veterans and currently serving Soldiers as well as the sacrifices made by Army family members and Gold Star families.
During the visit Mantegna also walked the Path of Remembrance where he viewed the two commemorative bricks honoring his four uncles from Chicago who served in World War II, and before leaving he taped two short videos. His parting comments—“Very impressive! This magnificent Museum will honor our nation’s Soldiers, the Army Family, and Army history every day of the year.”