By Patrick YoungAugust 3, 2018
By Michelle Cowart, Frontline Staff
Newcomers to Fort Stewart can get a jump start on learning about their unit's legacy by visiting the 3rd Infantry Division Museum. The museum is located at 158 Calvary Way, building 506 within walking distance of the Main Post Chapel.
John Potter, curator for the 3rd Infantry Division Museum, encourages newcomers to get the most of their stay here by learning about the division's history. He urges Soldiers to find their place in history by familiarizing themselves with the division's past
"Everybody wants to know where they come from," Potter said. It is the same with the division. Find out where the division came from. Where they've been and what they've done. If you don't know the division's history, you don't get nothing out of it. There's less sense of belonging."
Potter emphasized the importance of learning about the past in order to grasp a fuller understanding of one's place within the bigger picture especially as a Soldier travels throughout different duty stations.
Museum guests can expect to learn about the origins of Camp Stewart and how it has evolved into to what it is today.
The museum is comprised of three main galleries: one for Camp Stewart, an aviation gallery and one for the division's involvement in worldwide conflicts such as World Wars I and II, the Korean War and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Engaging displays help tell the stories of brave men and women who made their notable mark in history.
The museum's gift shop is the perfect shopping destination for 3 ID branded souvenirs to include apparel, hats, jewelry and home décor. Visitors are welcome to visit Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month. Admission to the museum is free.