Here's a press release from the Tacoma Art Museum....
(Tacoma, WA) – Tacoma Art Museum’s Art Access Pass partnership with Tacoma Public Library and Pierce County Library System has expanded to include the Fort Lewis Library System and McChord Air Force Base Library starting January 5, 2007. The program allows library patrons to use their library cards to borrow the Art Access Pass, just like a book, video, or CD, to receive up to four free admissions to Tacoma Art Museum.
“The military families in our region play a major role in the community, and we are pleased to be able to extend this program to these libraries,” said Director Stephanie Stebich. “We hope this program will make it easier for soldiers, airmen, and their families, particularly those who are new to the area, to discover Tacoma Art Museum and take full advantage of the museum’s cultural offerings while they’re stationed here.”
Anyone with a valid library card at one of the four participating library systems can check out the Art Access Passfor up to seven days. After a week, the cards are charged an overdue fee by the library. The Pass allows up to four free museum admissions, not including children under age six, who are always admitted free.
Tacoma Art Museum also hosts Art Access Pass art-making activities at participating library branches throughout the year. These free programs feature projects for children age six and older that relate to the exhibitions on view at the museum. A full schedule of programs is available at www.TacomaArtMuseum.org or through the local library branch.
The Fort Lewis Library System is comprised of four libraries that support the Army mission, offer on-post college courses, and encourage lifelong learning opportunities. The 43,000 active-duty soldiers, family members, retired military, and civilian employees at Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center have library cards. They checked out 259,000 items in 2005 and made 356,000 visits to the libraries during that time.
The McChord Air Force Base Library provides access to information which supports the Air Force mission, education, and quality of life programs on base. The 8,000 active-duty airmen, family members, retired military, and civilian employees at McChord have library access. In 2005, they checked out 113,000 items and made 58,000 visits to the library.
Tacoma Art Museum’s mission is to connect people through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. The museum’s five galleries display an array of top national shows, the best of Northwest art, creatively themed exhibitions, and historical retrospectives. In addition, there is an Education Wing for children, adults, and seniors with an art resource center, classroom, and studio for art making. Tacoma Art Museum is located near the Museum of Glass, the Washington StateHistory Museum, and historic Union Station.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq – Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division wrapped up an operation in the eastern Baghdad district of New Baghdad Dec. 28.
The four-day operation, meant to disrupt insurgent activity in the area, resulted in the capture of 13 suspected insurgents and killing one more. The detained suspects are in U.S. military custody for questioning.
U.S. Soldiers also recovered several weapons, including five AK-47s, one bolt-action rifle, one 9mm pistol, 15 rocket-propelled grenades, four bayonets, 700 rounds of ammunition, two 9mm magazines and 18 AK-47 magazines. Besides the weapons, U.S. forces also seized identification cards, uniforms, and cash.
Both brigades are now on their second tour in Iraq. The 2nd BCT fought from August 2004 to August 2005 in Ramadi, then returned to Iraq in October 2006, operating in east Baghdad.
The 3rd SBCT served in Iraq’s Nineveh province from November 2003 to November 2004, its first overseas deployment since World War I. It returned to Iraq in June 2006, serving in Mosul until relocating to Baghdad and joining the 2nd BCT this month.
Kid Rock entertained troops from Fort Lewis on Christmas Day. Next week in the Ranger, our own David Hardt reports on Christmas Day in the warzone. For now, here's an Army story on Kid Rock's visit.
by Pfc. Marcus Gable
7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq—Santa made a special delivery this year for Soldiers deployed in Iraq, dropping off one of the biggest rock stars in the world.
Kid Rock arrived at Baghdad International Airport early Christmas Eve starting his two-day tour of camps and forward operating bases in the war zone to meet Soldiers and spread holiday cheer. This was his second trip to Iraq in the past three years and Rock said he paid for a portion of the trip with his own money.
Rock’s arrival was apparent as service members from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force packed a media room at Sather Air Base in Baghdad with collectibles to be autographed and cameras at the ready. This would be the first of many packed houses the entertainer encountered throughout his tour.
The tour called for Rock to visit to six FOBs and camps beginning at noon Christmas Eve and ending Christmas night at Camp Liberty for the final meet and greet.
Rock had two reasons for spending his Christmas with troops fighting the war on terrorism.
“I wanted to meet the guys protecting our country and making sacrifices so that we can enjoy our freedoms,” he said. “I also wanted to set a positive example for my son.”
With guitar in tow, Rock made his way to the next FOB.
When Rock arrived at FOB Prosperity in Baghdad’s International Zone, he was greeted by excited U.S. Soldiers screaming his name and up-armored vehicles playing his hits over the loudspeakers. Rock spent hours signing autographs and wishing every Soldier he met a Merry Christmas. After meeting with U.S. Soldiers, Rock grabbed his guitar and played some of his favorite tunes for the packed houses.
Rock refused to stop for a rest when meeting with Soldiers. While waiting for a flight in a hangar, Rock was given a .50 caliber round to use as a pick to play his guitar. In true Rock fashion, he played several songs and took the time to give a few playing tips to Soldiers in attendance.
After getting the chance to meet one of their favorite rock stars, Soldiers were excited to show off their pictures with Rock to their friends and anyone whom they could find.
“I’m a big fan of Kid Rock and I’ll be sending these pictures home first thing,” said Lt. Amanda Rodriguez, a military intelligence officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
The next day, Christmas Day, had Rock spreading holiday cheer with hundreds more Soldiers.
Rock started the day’s events by serving lunch to Soldiers and meeting as many troops as possible. Once again Rock’s loyal fans packed every place he visited. While visiting FOB Rustamiyah and FOB Falcon, Rock walked around meeting with Soldiers and touring the grounds.
“I wanted to get a feel for what these troops are going through,” Rock said. “I’ve never seen this much mud before in my life and it just shows how much these guys are doing for us.”
The last stop on Rock’s tour to spend Christmas with the troops was the Camp Liberty Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center.
Rock walked into the door and the room erupted with cheer and chants of “Kid Rock! Kid Rock!”
Soldiers in the packed gym waited in long lines for their chance to wish Rock a Merry Christmas. Many brought gifts to give their favorite rock star. Rock made sure he met with every Soldier in attendance and personally thanked them.
As the tour came to an end, Rock made his way back to his living quarters and along the way continued to thank every Soldier for their sacrifices and posed for pictures.
The two-day visit was preempted by a stop in Kuwait and other places Rock wanted to meet with service members. Before Rock made his way back to the states, he stopped to post hundreds of pictures of all the Soldiers he met on his personal website and posted thanks to all the troops for their sacrifices and allowing all Americans to live in freedom.