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1st Cav Div Museum unveils ‘Surge’ exhibit

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April 8, 2010 | News
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Pvt. Rich Philips, a Soldier with Co. A, DSTB, 1st Cav. Div., assists two other Soldiers in cutting the ribbon that opens the “Back to the Neighborhoods” exhibit March 30. Spc. Kimberly I. Browne, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs
With the swing of a cavalry saber, the 1st Cavalry Division Museum unveiled its newest exhibit “Back to the Neighborhoods” at Fort Hood’s Soldier Family Readiness Center March 30.

Over a year and a half in the making, the exhibit is a maze full of pictures and artifacts from Operation Fardh al-Qanoon, better known as the “Surge.”

The “Surge” was a massive push of troops to support Iraqi forces to clear Baghdad of Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents and establish joint security stations during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

“The pictures and artifacts are from a combination of combat camera, public affairs and individual Soldiers,” said Steve Draper, the museum’s director. “Probably over 50 percent of the photographs here are from Soldiers.”

Photographs and illustrations lined the first several walls of the exhibit. The exit includes a street scene with artifacts from the area.

“The memorial definitely reminds you of being there,” said Pvt. Rich Philips, a Soldier with Company A, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cav. Div. “Being a part of the ‘Surge’ made me proud and I’m happy to see my guys get recognized,” he added.

Planning for the exhibit began more than 18 months ago with the $168,000 price tag funded by the Center of Military History in Washington, Draper said. The placement of the exhibit in the SFRC was due to the museum being full.

“We are either going to have to renovate old spaces or renovate new spaces to make room for this memorial exhibit and for the 08-10 exhibit,” he said.

“The division’s partnership in Baghdad, is and always will be, the decisive point for the battle in Iraq,” Brig. Gen. John Murray, deputy commanding general, 1st Cav. Div., said.

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