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Elizabethtown Chapter 1050 of National Active and Retired Federal Employees recently met at Nolin RECC.
Guest speaker, Retired Col. Mike Weaver presented information about the World War II barracks renovation project, initiated at Fort Knox to restore one of the last original remaining barracks left standing from the WWII era.
The initiative resulted in the May 2011 move from near the Fort Knox training area to the Patton Museum area. The mission is to restore the barracks building and contents to its original 1940s condition. When renovated, its exploration will provide an addition to the exhibits planned for the newly renovated Patton Museum of Leadership. The projected cost is estimated at $500,000, and donations are greatly appreciated. The Patton Museum Foundation is selling engraved bricks to place in front of the barracks to support the restoration and to help cover operating expenses in the future.
Weaver explained the original barracks were built in the early 1940s, and were used to house trainees from WWII through many wars. He had one of the original oak steps on which thousands of service personnel and others had trod. Over the years, the buildings also were used for Fort Knox teacher quarters, school buildings and office buildings. Many NARFE members at the meeting had lived or worked in the buildings. The grand opening of the Renovated Barracks is planned for June 14 in conjunction with the celebration of the 238th Army birthday. For information, contact Mike Weaver at email@example.com.
During the general meeting, Mary Tom Haun reminded those present that the February meeting is a potluck event of chili and soup, with those attending also bringing complimentary condiments as well as desserts. Haun also said the June, July and August meetings will be in the evenings at 6:30 p.m. to encourage those who still are working to attend.
The next regular NARFE membership meeting is at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Nolin RECC, following the service center opportunity from 9 to 11 a.m. For information, call Mary Tom Haun, 862-9357.