By Mr. Darryl Howlett (First Army)March 14, 2018
CHICAGO -- First Army's command leadership participated in a February 27 morning podcast highlighting their history and Centennial celebrations at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library here.
First Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, First Army Command Sgt. Major Richard K. Johnson, and First Army Historian, 1st Lt. Kevin D. Braafladt, spoke on the past and the present and what makes First Army unique.
"The Pritzker Museum allowed us to get our story out to a large population of citizens that may not have known about the long and distinguished history of First Army," Twitty said.
The 50-minute podcast included a question and answer session where the community expressed interest in First Army's current and future mission. That mission includes providing training support to reserve-component units ranging in size from Division headquarters to two-person Unit Ministry Teams. The podcast is available on the museum's website as well as First Army's Facebook page.
According to their website, the mission of the museum and library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen-Soldier in the preservation of democracy.
Twitty recognized the importance of the museum and library's mission for service members to tell their stories.
"The Pritzker Museum provides a vital linkage to our military history and our nation. I applaud them for telling the stories of the brave and those that have served and continue to serve this great country. The museum serves as a national treasure."
Johnson also appreciated the participation and what the museum and library offers the public.
"It was an honor to take part in telling the First Army story," he said. "(The Pritzker Museum & Library) is a fantastic venue. The staff are very committed to their mission and provide a great program to let the public have the opportunity to interact with service members."
Braafladt stated the podcast provided a format in which to spread First Army's history.
"Overall, the podcast was very' professional and well done. I was impressed with their production capability and with the process itself,'' he said. "I think the podcast was a good opportunity for creating awareness of First Army's pride in our past and connecting that to our present and future mission."