FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — Fort Rucker’s new Training Support Facility will have the evolution of all aspects of aviation equipment, weapons, and uniforms.
The facility, which will also contain a large classroom and reference library, will help train and develop some 15,000 Army aviation soldiers that go through Fort Rucker annually.
“We’re going to use this facility, the backdrop of these artifacts and historical holdings that will be in the library,” said Bill Kidd, deputy to the commanding general. “The instruction we have to integrate history and consensual thinking into the programs of instruction for all of these students rather they’re Private all the way through Colonel.”
One of the main reasons for this new facility is the education it will provide.
“The Army has been upgrading and updating the way they present the history of the Army to new soldiers coming into the Army,” Robert Mitchell, Army Aviation Museum Director, said. “What better way to do it then in a training and support facility with the actual physical pieces, the material culture of the Army?”
The idea for the facility is to put artifacts in it that will be used for teaching purposes.
“We found that it’s very useful to put a historical background, what’s happened before, and try to tie in not just what equipment was used, but the thinking of the human beings that were doing it,” Kidd said. “We’ll be integrating History, Science, Technology, and Development of Equipment and Training as part of the back drop of all the programs of instruction that we’ll have here at Fort Rucker.”
Officials expect the construction of the new facility to take around two years.