Fort Polk Soldiers Fly In to Visit the Bush Library and Museum

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About 55 Soldiers from the 5th Aviation Battalion at Fort Polk, La. made the one and a half hour flight aboard 15 helicopters from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana to visit Bryan-College Station, Texas A&M and the Bush Library and Museum July 27.

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Soldiers from the 5th Aviation Battalion at Fort Polk, La. flew in for a daytrip July 27, 2012 to visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

We use it as a professional development opportunity. It’s very beneficial for them (younger Soldiers) to come and experience something as grand as a presidential library.

Soldiers from the 5th Aviation Battalion at Fort Polk, La. flew in for a daytrip July 27 to visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

About 55 Soliders aboard 15 helicopters made the one and a half hour flight from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana to visit Bryan-College Station, Texas A&M and the Bush Library and Museum.

Alpha Company Commander Capt. Joshua Phillips, an Aggie class of 2005, has been to the Bush Library and Museum several times before. He said he had previously brought his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Christopher Speer, for a visit and that Speer had expressed interest in making a return trip to bring more Soldiers from the battalion to visit.

“We use it as a professional development opportunity. It’s very beneficial for them (younger Soldiers) to come and experience something as grand as a presidential library,” Phillips said.

After everybody had toured the museum, Speer presented certificates of appreciation to three Army ROTC cadets participating in the Cadet Troop Leader Training program with the battalion. The group then headed to Easterwood Airport to board their helicopters for the return flight to Fort Polk.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries network. The Bush Library and Museum preserves and makes available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings. For more information visit the Bush Library and Museum website at bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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