U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

2014 USCBS Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution on September 19.

Military Training

 

 

 

At the time of its founding, one of the primary goals of USCBS was the training of U.S. troops to recognize their obligation to protect cultural property as required by the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Today, in great part because of the efforts of USCBS, much of the training is done by the U.S. military itself.

8 June 2012—Training for 354th Civil Affairs Command

1954 Hague Convention training for 26 personnel from the 354 Civil Affairs Brigade, an Army Reserve unit based in Riverdale, MD, was conducted at the Smithsonian Institution. This was the third time that USCBS has trained personnel from the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade.

9 July 2011—Training for 353rd Civil Affairs Command Team

Training took place at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art courtesy of its director Dr. Johnnetta Cole. The unit is now deployed in Djbouti in the Horn of Africa.

14-15 November 2010—Training for 352nd Civil Affairs Command

1954 Hague Convention Training for 70 personnel from the 352nd Civil Affairs Command deploying to Iraq took place at Ft. Dix, N.J.

See:  “Troops headed to Iraq get lessons in ancient artifacts”

5 January2010—Provincial Reconstruction Team Training, Camp Atterbury, Indiana

Training for about 60 Provincial Reconstruction personnel deploying to Afghanistan.

6 December 2009—Training for 354th Civil Affairs Command

Approximately 30 Civil Affairs personnel from the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade were trained at Ft. Dix, N.J. A portion of the unit will be going to Iraq and the rest to Afghanistan.

16-17 June 2009—Provincial Reconstruction Team Training, Camp Atterbury, Indiana

Both civilian and military personnel train at Camp Atterbury to serve on Provincial Reconstruction Teams headed to Afghanistan.

21 January 21—Military Cultural Property Training, Ft. Dix, N.J.

35 Civil Affairs soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq were trained at Ft. Dix.

27 February 2009—Military Cultural Property Training, Ft. Dix, N.J.

Training for a Civil Affairs unit deploying to Iraq was conducted at Ft. Dix.

16, 22, 26 September 2008—Military Cultural Property Training, Ft. Dix, N.J.

On September 16th, Dr. Brian Rose of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Barbara Roberts representing the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), taught two sessions for a total about 60 personnel. Dr. Rose, Barbara Roberts and Cori Wegener taught about 150 personnel on September 22nd. On September 26th, John Russell (for AIA), Catherine Sease (for AIC) and Cori Wegener (USCBS) taught a session for about 132 personnel.

3 June 2008—Military Cultural Heritage Training, 304th Civil Affairs Brigade, Ft. Dix, N.J.

John Russell, Catherine Sease, Senior Conservator, Museum of Natural History, Yale University, and Cori Wegener trained approximately 20 senior leaders from the unit.

1 May 2008—Military Cultural Heritage Training, 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

John Russell and Cori Wegener provided a day of cultural heritage training for 12 soldiers of the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion.

3 June 2008–Military Cultural Heritage Training, 304th Civil Affairs Brigade, Ft. Dix, NJ.

John Russell, Catherine Sease, Senior Conservator, Museum of Natural History, Yale University, and Cori Wegener trained approximately 30 senior leaders from the unit.

18 January 2008—Military Cultural Heritage Training, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Dr. Brian Rose, President, Archaeological Institute of America, Barbara Roberts, a conservator with the American Institute for Conservation, John Russell, and Cori Wegener (USCBS) provided a day of cultural heritage training for 50 soldiers from the Functional Specialty Teams of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command.

November 2007—Arts, Monuments and Archives Training, Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin

USCBS provided training to about 30 soldiers of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion during their pre-mobilization annual training. On another occasion approximately 60 soldiers of the 418th and 443d Civil Affairs Battalions were trained.

15 April 2007—Cultural Property Training, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, Ft. Meade, Maryland

USCBS board members Corine Wegener and John Russell, along with Barbara Roberts, an art conservator and expert in museum emergency training, provided a day-long training session to approximately 60 soldiers on cultural property protection and the 1954 Hague Convention.

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