Events

July 13, 2012

Historic exhibit depicts Pentagon life over the years

Tags:
by Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

A 1940′s static display showing early Pentagon workers’ lives and experiences is unveiled at the new Pentagon Building History Exhibit ceremony at the Defense Department, July 12, 2012.

The Pentagon is not just an ordinary office building, William E. Brazis, the director of Washington Headquarters Services, said July 12 at a dedication ceremony for the newest history exhibit to open in the building.

The Pentagon Building History Exhibit shows the evolution of the five sided structure from its earliest planning stages through its most recent modernization, which was completed in late 2011.

Brazis noted that for those who work in the Pentagon, it’s easy to forget how much of American history has taken place or been directed from within its walls.

“This is just not an ordinary office building. It’s a place where history is made, one person at a time,” Brazis said. “Since 1942, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 70 years, every second that’s ticked there have been our fellow citizens working in this building.”

He called the Pentagon a symbol of American democracy and commitment to freedom and liberty around the world. “We have to remind ourselves that this is an incredible place with an incredible history … woven into the fabric of the history of our nation,” he said.

An example of a 1940′s office setup is displayed as part of the new Pentagon Building History Exhibit, July 12, 2012.

The new exhibit features life-size images of Pentagon employees at work in their offices. Located between the C and D rings of Corridor 2, on the Pentagon’s third floor, the exhibit consists of three main parts.

Several hallway display cases contain photos and artifacts from the 1940s and the 1990s, the decade when the Pentagon was originally constructed and the time just before the most recent renovations. Two preserved office spaces from those periods make up the largest part of the exhibit.

A multimedia space lets visitors see how the Pentagon was originally constructed and also describes the Phoenix Project — the reconstruction of a portion of the building following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

“We wanted to show what’s behind the walls. The ceiling, the columns, the terracotta wall are all historical to the 1940-41-42-43 [construction period],” said Bill Hopper, the communications manager of the Facilities Services Directorate. “We wanted to show a deconstructed room but also we wanted to show the life. We have many images from the period of time of the building of the Pentagon.”

Preserving the office spaces is the right thing to do, said Michael L. Rhodes, the director of Administration and Management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

“It was a terribly smart thing to come up with. It was done at the right time so that we could truly preserve a piece of this history,” Rhodes said.

He anticipated that the exhibit would be included in the official Pentagon tours.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines October 17, 2014

News: Turkey OK’s American drones to fight ISIS - Turkey is now allowing the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft to fly over Syria. But so far, traditional warplanes are out of the question. New Ingalls boss focusing on cost performance, agility - Brian Cuccias has been in the Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working for...
 
 

News Briefs October 17, 2014

AM General laying off 60 from Indiana factory A company spokesman says AM General is laying off about 60 workers from the northern Indiana factory where it builds military vehicles. Company spokesman Jeff Adams says the layoffs are being made because of production schedule changes at its Military Assembly Plant in Mishawaka. Adams tells the...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI

NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI The mammoth galaxy cluster Abell 2744 is so massive that its powerful gravity bends the light from galaxies far behind it, making these otherwise unseen background objects appear larger a...
 

 
Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki

Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki The second MQ-4C Triton, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy, successfully completed its first flight Oct. 15 PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Navy’s second MQ-4C Triton un...
 
 
NASA photograph

NASA TV to air Russian spacewalk from International Space Station

NASA photograph Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency will don Orlan spacesuits and step outside the International Space Station Oct. 22, to perform wor...
 
 
Raytheon photograph

Poland’s PIT-RADWAR signs letter of intent with Raytheon

Raytheon photograph Mike Shaughnessy, Vice President of Supply Chain, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and Jerzy Milosz, Member of Board and Director of R&D, PIT-RADWAR sign a letter of intent to explore further partners...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>