The United States Army Corps of Engineers New England District identified Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP of New York, NY (SOM) as the highest qualified firm for possible design of the National Museum of the United States Army. The U.S. Army now will proceed to negotiate with SOM prior to moving forward to contract award.

In 2007, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr. reaffirmed the commitment to proceed with the project to construct a National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and selected Mr. Keith Eastin, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations and Environment as the Army's project lead. "Today's announcement confirms the U.S. Army's firm commitment to completion of a National Museum of the United States Army that will honor the impressive legacy of the institution, Soldiers, and their Families to the history of the United States, "Eastin said.

The first phase of the joint public/private partnership between the Army and the Army Historical Foundation (AHF), a 156,000 sf Museum complex, will be constructed beginning in 2010 at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, 15 miles south of Washington, DC.

The National Museum will be the premier museum in the Army and the only museum to tell the story of the United States Army comprehensively, from the earliest days of the colonial militia to the present day. State-of-the-art exhibits and programs are planned to engage an estimated 750 thousand visitors a year through uniquely dynamic and immersive exhibits.

The Army is in the process of finalizing the exact location of the Museum on Fort Belvoir and a decision is anticipated in 2008. Museum opening is scheduled for 2013.

- 30 -

For additional information please contact Mr. Dave Foster, (703) 697-5344, or