Civilian and military staff members from the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and U.S Army Military District to attended a leadership professional development (LPD) event at the National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA), Fort Belvoir, Virginia, July 15, 2022.
The opportunity was organized and coordinated by the Staff Judge Advocate Office and held at the museum as a continued celebration of Army Heritage Month and the Army’s birthday. Staff took part in a self-guided tour of the museum, exploring the history of the Army.
“I wanted to attend the LPD to celebrate the Army in the presence of my MDW colleagues,” said Capt. Alexis Markeson, military justice advisor within the Staff Judge Advocate Office. “With all of the incredible exhibitions, I gained a new appreciation for Army military history.”
The leadership professional development program is a tool that gives the workforce opportunities to learn more about themselves and their teammates, creating highly trained, cohesive teams.
“The goal is to have between 20-40 people attend each professional development event,” said Col. Greg Beaudoin, JTF-NCR/USAMDW chief of staff. Previous opportunities have included the National Museum of African American History and Culture and a Washington Nationals’ Executive Leadership Panel.
According to its website, the NMUSA is an enduring effort to tell the Army’s story and honor the accomplishments, sacrifices and commitment of American Soldiers. The Museum is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret over 247 years of Army history. The Museum brings to life that history, in times of war and peace, as told through the eyes of Soldiers.
"Visiting the NMUSA was an opportunity for me to learn more of the history and culture of our Army,” said Bart Jumaoas, JTF-NCR/USAMDW secretary of the general staff. “I enjoyed being with my colleagues from USAMDW/JTF-NCR during this LPD because of our diverse staff of active duty Army and Joint military service members as well as DOD Civilians and Military Retirees who shared their memories of service with NMUSA as the back-drop."