Leadership Seminar

April 25th, 2014

Join General Hagee in welcoming General William R. “Bill” Looney as the speaker for the 2014 Leadership Seminar to be held Friday, April 25th in the Nimitz Ballroom. General Looney’s presentation is entitled “Exceeding Expectations: Reflections on leadership.”

 

General Looney recently retired from the United States Air Force with 40 years of service.  General Looney is recognized as one of the most respected leadership authorities in the military services.  During his Tenure, he commanded more organizations than any other Air Force general, past or present, while rising to the highest rank in the military – 4 Stars.  The organizations he led covered every facet of Air Force activity including operations, training, education, and acquisitions involving as many as 100,000 people or as few as 13.  A career fighter pilot, he flew 65 combat missions and accumulated over 4,000 flying hours in numerous aircraft.

 

General Looney is President of Integration Innovation Incorporated, a defense business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.  He is also a published author, a member of numerous boards, and an independent consultant on national security and executive leadership.  He currently resides in San Antonio with his wife Marilyn.

 

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Doors to the Ballroom will open at 2:30pm.  The Leadership Seminar will begin at 3pm and conclude at approximately 5pm, followed by light refreshments and a chance to meet and greet General Looney until 6pm.  Individual tickets are $15.00.  Please contact Mrs. Marty Kaderli, Kaderli@nimitzfoundation.org or (830) 997-8600 x204 to purchase tickets.  Members of Premier Business Partners are admitted with current membership, but must register to attend.


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FOUNDATION STAFF

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Foundation Staff

 

Executive Assistant

Macel Patterson, Ext. 200

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Controller

Diana Gremmer, Ext. 203

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Molly Sagebiel, Ext. 202

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Director of Memorials and WWII Society

Stephanie Hagee, Ext. 215

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Robert Elder, Ext. 263

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Museum History

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A HISTORY-MAKING MUSEUM

We are the only institution in the U.S dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II.


BEGINNINGS

Our mission is to honor the eight million Americans who served in the war against Japan and the more than 100,000 who gave their lives. We believe that the best way to honor them is to truthfully and respectfully tell the story of their struggles, their sacrifices, and their triumphs, so future generations may learn the price of freedom. The mission began February 24, 1967 with the establishment of the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum in the restored Nimitz “Steamboat” Hotel.


Museum History

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A HISTORY-MAKING MUSEUM

We are the only institution in the U.S dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II.


A WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM

Since 1968, the Museum has expanded to occupy a six-acre campus and gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the nation. Over the years the Museum was upgraded and enlarged, and the campus grew to accommodate the Memorial Courtyard, the Plaza of Presidents and the Japanese Garden of Peace. We opened the expanded George H. W. Bush Gallery in 2009. The Gallery’s state-of-the-art 33,000 square foot exhibition features 40 media installations, approximately 900 artifacts in 97 climate-controlled cases, 15 macro-artifacts, and hundreds of photographs. Two blocks east of the main campus is the Pacific Combat Zone for guided tours of macro-artifacts and regularly scheduled combat re-enactments.


Museum History

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A HISTORY-MAKING MUSEUM

We are the only institution in the U.S dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II.


PARTNERS WITH THE THC

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation formed a partnership with the Texas Historical Commission to preserve the historic resources of the National Museum of the Pacific War and guide the expansion of the Museum.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is one of twenty State Historic Sites administered by the Texas Historical Commission.

 

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation, consulting with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.

http://www.thc.state.tx.us/


Museum History

Contract Documents

Here you can download all contract documents from projects going on at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

 

George H.W. Bush Gallery RTU Project

 

Bush Gallery RTU replacement drawings

 

Final Specs

 

 

Updated Japanese Garden of Peace Drawings

 

Final Construction Documents


Admiral Nimitz

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A MAN OF DISTINCTION AND HUMILITY

The man at the center of the story insisted that in honoring him, we also honored all the men and women who served in the Pacific Theater.


EARLY LIFE

GROWING UP IN FREDERICKSBURG
At the height of the Pacific War Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz commanded more than two million men and women, 5,000 ships and 20,000 planes, yet he came from humble and landlocked beginnings. He was born February 24, 1885 to a widowed mother and grew up in the small German community of Fredericksburg, Texas. Young Chester lived with his mother at Grandfather Nimitz's famous steamboat-shaped hotel, where he grew close to his grandfather. He regarded his grandfather as "the most important man" in his life.








ANNAPOLIS
The teen-aged Nimitz set his sites on an appointment to West Point, but was offered a chance for an education at Annapolis instead. He studied long hours between schoolwork and chores to prepare for the three-day Annapolis examination. His self-discipline paid off and he was accepted to Annapolis in 1901 at age 15. Nimitz’s class was graduated ahead of schedule on January 30, 1905, to help fill the need for junior officers in Theodore Roosevelt's expanding Navy. Chester graduated seventh in the class of 114.


EARLY CAREER
Sent to the Philippines in 1906, 22-year-old Ensign Nimitz commanded the USS Decatur, an old destroyer, which he promptly ran aground. The future Fleet Admiral received a court-martial for "hazarding" a ship of the U.S. Navy. During his early career Chester Nimitz also received the Silver Life Saving Medal, for leaping overboard to rescue a seaman while commanding the USS SKIPJACK, one of the Navy's earliest submarines.


In 1913, Nimitz married Catherine Vance Freeman of Massachusetts and the Navy sent the newlyweds to Germany so Nimitz could study diesel engines. Back in the U.S. he used his new expertise to help supervise the building then engines for the Navy’s first diesel-powered ship, the Maumee.


During World War I, Nimitz served on the staff of the commander of submarines in the Atlantic, developing high regard for subs that stayed with him throughout his career.




Admiral Nimitz

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A MAN OF DISTINCTION AND HUMILITY

The man at the center of the story insisted that in honoring him, we also honored all the men and women who served in the Pacific Theater.


WORLD WAR II

Nimitz was in Washington DC serving as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt picked Nimitz from among 28 flag officers senior to him to relieve Admiral Kimmel at Pearl Harbor.

 

 

 

As Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, Admiral Nimitz proved to be the right man at the right time. He restored morale to a shattered Pacific Fleet by building an aggressive combat team and brilliantly, instinctively making the right moves in the Battle of Midway. To this day, Midway is considered the U.S. Navy’s greatest victory. In 1944, Nimitz was promoted to Fleet Admiral — he was one of only four during this time: William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, William “Bull” Halsey, and Nimitz.

 

The atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced the Empire of Japan to admit defeat. On September 2, 1945, on board the battleship Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay, Fleet Admiral Nimitz signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the United States. A few weeks later he relinquished his command at Pearl Harbor as he had accepted it, aboard a submarine. Appointed Chief of Naval Operations, he then began to demobilize all but a fraction of the most powerful Navy in history.


Admiral Nimitz

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A MAN OF DISTINCTION AND HUMILITY

The man at the center of the story insisted that in honoring him, we also honored all the men and women who served in the Pacific Theater.


AFTER THE WAR

After the war Nimitz continued to be sought out and honored for his wartime service. He was decorated by 14 nations and became a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations. He also worked to restore goodwill with Japan by raising funds for the restoration of the Japanese memorial ship Mikasa and urging return of ancestral samurai swords. He believed in the importance of turning "swords into plowshares".

 

 

 

In the afterglow of World War II books written by officers involved in the war's battles and decisions fueled rivalries and controversies. Admiral Nimitz refused to take part in the literary autopsy of the war. He lived quietly in retirement and, as his son remarked, “maintained the Navy's image until his death."

 

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz died at his home on Yerba Buena Island that was part of Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay on February 20, 1966. He was survived by his widow and children, Chester Jr., Catherine, Mary and Nancy.


Admiral Nimitz

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A MAN OF DISTINCTION AND HUMILITY

The man at the center of the story insisted that in honoring him, we also honored all the men and women who served in the Pacific Theater.


DECORATIONS AND AWARDS

UNITED STATES DECORATIONS AND AWARDS

• Distinguished Service Medal awarded by Congress

• Distinguished Service Medal with two Gold Stars

• Army Distinguished Service Medal,

• Silver Life Saving Medal

• Victory Medal with Escort Clasp and Star

• American Defense Service Medal

• Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

• World War II Victory Medal

• National Defense Service Medal

 

DECORATIONS AND AWARDS FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

 

• Britain - Order of Knight Grand Cross of the Bath
• Greece - Grand Cross of the Order of George I
• China - Order of the Grand Cordon of Pao Ting (Tripod) Special Class
• Guatemala - The Cross of Military Merit, First Class
• Great Britain - Pacific Star
• The Netherlands - Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords in the Degree of the Knight Grand Cross
• France - Grand Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honor
• Cuba - Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes
• Argentina - Order of the Liberator
• Belgium - Grand Cross of the Order of the Liberator, Grand Cross Order of the Crown with Palm, Croix de Guerre with Palm
• Italy - Knight of the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Italy
• Philippines - Medal of Valor
• Ecuador - Star of Abdon Calderon (1st Class)
 


The Foundation

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HONORING HISTORY AND SERVICE

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


ABOUT

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation was established in 1971  as a 501 (c)(3) to provide additional development funding for the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Naval Museum, a museum honoring Fredericksburg’s native son and Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, Pacific Ocean Area. Since then, the Foundation’s efforts have built a well-established and respected institution, which annually welcomes over 100,000 visitors, including about 15,000 middle and high school students from across the state.


The Foundation

Nimitzfound

HONORING HISTORY AND SERVICE

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


VISION AND MISSION


THE VISION

To provide national leadership in articulating the history and lessons learned from the Pacific-Asiatic Theater of Operations during World War II and to offer educational platforms for their application to current and future national security issues. To continue to preserve the legacy of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and the men and women who served in this theater of operations. And, to facilitate programs that honor and support all veterans, past and present.


THE MISSION

In an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation manages and provides financial support to the National Museum of the Pacific War in order to:


  • Preserve and exhibit the material history of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
  • Preserve and exhibit the material history of the war in the Pacific-Asiatic Theater during World War II
  • Create and participate in programs that honor all veterans past and present, and programs that provide strategic insights into national security issues affecting our country
  • Support education concerning the Pacific-Asiatic Theater during World War II



The Foundation

Nimitzfound

HONORING HISTORY AND SERVICE

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


HISTORY

In 1971, The Nimitz Foundation was created to provided additional development funding for the museum of the extraordinary Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, a native son of Fredericksburg who achieved greatness as commander of the Central Pacific Theater in World War II. We established the original Nimitz Museum in the former Nimitz Hotel. Since then, the Museum has evolved to become one of the most well-regarded military museum complexes in the nation.


The Foundation

Nimitzfound

HONORING HISTORY AND SERVICE

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


CEO

Michael W. Hagee
General, USMC (Retired)
President and CEO


A native of Fredericksburg, General Hagee served as the 33rd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. His military career took him to foreign countries on all continents in combat and peace. His numerous military assignments included Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Deputy Director of Operations at the U.S. European Command and Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence.




In addition to his position as CEO at The Nimitz Foundation, General Hagee serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards, both national and international, in areas that include information technology, government services, communications and manufacturing.


The General remains active in public service and foreign policy debates and has been one of the leading proponents of “Smart Power,” testifying before Congress and providing advice to members of the Senate and Congress on both sides of the aisle. He serves as the Co-Chair of the National Security Advisory Council for the Center for U.S. Global Engagement and U.S. Global Leadership Campaign.


General Hagee holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree in International Relations.



The Foundation

Nimitzfound

HONORING HISTORY AND SERVICE

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors

Officers

Chairman

Case D. Fischer

Vice Chairman

Robert B. Phelps

Secretary

Nancy L. Dreher

Treasurer

Ronald L. Woellhof

President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael W. Hagee

General, USMC (Ret)

 

Directors

David Q. Bates, Jr.

Kenneth L. Burenga

J. Coley Clark

David D. Fitch

John E. Harris

Thomas M. Hatfield, Ph.D.

Steven L. Highlander

John C. Kerr

R. Bruce LaBoon

John L. Nau, III

Bruce Nichols

MajGen Angela Salinas, USMC (Ret)

Greg Shrader

Sam Bell Steves, II

Mary Ann Turbeville

Robert F. Wheless

 

Directors Emeriti

James Avery

Ann Brey

John R. Goodwillie

Barbara Schmidt Heinen

Bruce H. C. Hill

Steven K. Howell

LTG Neal T. (Tom) Jaco, USA (Ret)

CAPT Thomas H. Murray, Jr., USNR (Ret)

Gordon E. Sauer

John Schrock, Sr.

Roy E. Stroeher

Craig L. Symonds, Ph.D.

 

Honorary Trustees

General Billy J. Boles, USAF (Ret)

The Honorable George H. W. Bush

U.S. Senator John Cornyn

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

The Honorable Gordon England

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (Ret)

Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Woodrow F. (Woody) McCasland

Helen McDonald

Nancy Brown Negley

John P. Schneider, M.D.

George E. Seay, III


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