California State Military Department
The California State Military Museum
Part of the US Army and US Air Force Museum Systems
Preserving California's Military Heritage
Branch and Partner Museums
California State Military Museum Support Center, Los Alamitos
(Operated by 3rd Militarty History Unit, State Military Reserve)

LOCATION: Building 7, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos

NEWS UPCOMING EVENTS

The first step in development of the proposed museum at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB)I , Los Alamitos is the establishment of a support center. The center will serve as the collection and storage point and conservation lab for the future museum located on the JFTB. The museum support center is staffed by the 3rd Military History Unit, California State Military Reserve.

Inquires concerning this activity should be directed to the Curator, California State Military Museum, (916) 854-1904. This facility is not opened to the public. However, many large artifacts are available for public viewing around the installation.

PROPOSED STORYLINE

The following is the proposed storyline for the future museum:

Point 1: The California National Guard in Southern California, 1850 - Present

What visitors learn: Visitors learn about the history of the California Militia, Volunteers, National Guard, Naval Militia and State Defense Forces in Southern California. For the purpose of this plan Southern California is defined as Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

How visitors learn: Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames. Additionally, there will be several placards containing Quick Response (QR) codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience. Visitors will also have the opportunity examine service and combat uniforms of the following conflicts as worn by members of the California Militia, Volunteers, National Guard, Naval Militia, and State Defense Forces.

 


Point 2: Hollywood and the Military

What visitors learn: Visitors learn about the often symbiotic relationship between Motion Picture and Television industries and the Armed Forces. They also learn about members of the acting and studio communities who volunteered for military service such as:

 

The use of active and former California military installations for motion picture and television production such as:

 

How visitors learn:  Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames.  Additionally, there will be several placards containing QR codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience.  Presentations will be supported by a commercially produced DVD based presentation on Hollywood and the World War II.
	
Artifacts to be displayed:  Iconic artifacts from movies and will be obtained on a loaned basis from the several studios in the Los Angeles area.  So far Universal/NBC Studios has agreed to provide artifacts and Warner Brothers Studios has already provided a replica M1841 12-pound Howitzer from the movie, The Last Samari.


Point 3: The 40th Infantry Division

What visitors learn: The visitor will learn the history of the 40th Infantry Division from its formation at Camp Kearney in 1917. The combat history of the division in World Wars I and II, Korea and the Global War on Terrorism is examined. Weapons from allied and opposing forces are display. Macro artifacts depicting the history of the division are also included. The role of the 40th Armored Division in the 1965 Watts Riots and the 40th Infantry Division in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots are also presented.

How visitors learn: Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames. Additionally, there will be several placards containing QR codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience. Presentations will be supported by a commercially produced DVD based presentation on the 40th Infantry Division and the World War II

Artifacts to be displayed: Some items are already on handor are staged at Camp Roberts, while others may need to be acquired from other sources such as The Center of Military History (CMH) or Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). Uniforms and Individual Equipment: Dress, Service, Utility ad Combat Uniforms of esoldiersof the 40th Infantry and Armored Divisions. When possible, uniforms should be mounted on headless and armless body forms so as to render displays gender and racially neutral.

Point 4: Navy and Marine Corps Aviation in Los Alamitos, 1927-1999

What visitors learn: The visitor will learn the history Navy and Marine Corps Aviation in Orange and Southwestern Los Angeles Counties. The installations examined are:

 

How visitors learn: How visitors learn: Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames. Additionally, there will be several placards containing QR codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience.

Artifacts to be displayed: The following is the total listing of equipment to be displayed. Aircraft will need to be acquired from other sources such as The National Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola, FL or the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

 

Point 5: Army Air Defense of Los Angeles/The Los Angeles Defense Area 1946 - 1974

What visitors learn: The visitor will learn the history of the Army Air Defense program from the end of the Second World War to the implementation of the Strategic Arms Limitation The history of the Treaty in 1974. The history of the California National Guard's 251st Air Defense Artillery Regiment and its predecessors Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalions will be included. Macro artifacts depicting the history of the Army Air Defense program in the Los Angeles metropolitan area will be displayed.

How visitors learn: Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames. Additionally, there will be several placards containing QR codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience. Presentations will be supported by a commercially produced DVD based presentation on the Nike programs.

Point 6: Army Aviation in the California Army National Guard 1947 - Present

What visitors learn: The visitor will learn the history of the California National Guard's Army Aviation program from 1947 to the present. The history of the California National Guard's 140th Aviation Regiment and its predecessor aviation battalions and companies will be included. Macro artifacts depicting the history of the Army Aviation will be displayed.

How visitors learn: Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames. Additionally, there will be several placards containing QR codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience.

Point 7: AFRC/JFTB Los Alamitos 1974 - Present

What visitors learn: The visitor will learn the history of the California National Guard's tenure as the operator of the former NAS Los Alamitos. Included topics are:

 

How visitors learn: Visitors learn through a PowerPoint presentation containing historic images and informative text placed on commercially available digital picture frames. Additionally, there will be several placards containing QR codes that allow modern electronic devices to connect with the internet, thus providing the visitor with a much more informative experience.


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