The USAHEC Mission and Organization

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) makes available contemporary and historical materials related to strategic leadership, the global application of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage to inform research, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers, past and present.
Nation's best resource for study of Strategic Leadership, the global application of Landpower, and the Heritage of the US Army; in honor of Soldiers, past and present!
Core Competencies = "USAHEC"
  • Use: The premier choice for researching strategic leadership, employment of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage
  • Support: Actively support the USAWC mission and JIIM team with value-added products and analysis
  • Acquire: Purchase or accept donations of relevant contemporary and historical materials
  • Hold: Account for, process, maintain, and secure all contemporary and historical materials, digitize where appropriate
  • Educate: Communicate and make available our holdings in a variety of formats and programs
  • Conserve: Provide long-term care and preservation for contemporary and historical materials using state-of-the-art techniques

  Army Heritage Museum

Mission: The U.S. Army Heritage Museum (AHM), in support of the USAHEC, preserves, exhibits, and interprets the artifacts of the U.S. Army. Through exhibits and interpretation, the AHM educates the American Soldier and the general public about the U.S. Army history.

Organization: The AHM consists of the Curatorial, and Exhibits Branches.

Functions: The AHM develops, fabricates, and maintains the exhibits (including the Army Heritage Trail) that interpret the history of the Army. It also operates a repository to house, process, and maintain USAHEC museum collection materials and incoming historical materials.

  Collections Management

Mission: Collections Management (CM) facilitates the growth and maintenance of the USAHEC collection through acquisition, historical materials management, and conservation.

Organization: CM consists of Library and Historical Materials Acquisitions, the office of the Registrar, and Conservation.

Functions: The CM acquires historical and library materials for addition to the USAHEC collections. Staff maintain the accountability of historical materials, and catalog museum collections. The conservation staff develop policies related to the preservation of the USAHEC collections and preforms conservation treatments.

  Historical Services Division

Mission: The Historical Services Division (HSD) provides historical products, analysis, and synthesis for senior leaders, planners, action officers, and decision makers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, major commands, and other government agencies.

Organization: The Historical Services Division (HSD) is led by a PhD and supported by an historian.

Functions: The Historical Services Division (HSD) provides historical products, analysis, and synthesis for senior leaders, planners, action officers, and decision makers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, major commands, and other government agencies. It also develops relationships with senior leaders and key staff at DA level and in the joint arena to better anticipate requirements for historical analysis. HSD also supports the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) curriculum development and execution by providing historically informed curricular advice and support.

  Military History Institute

Mission: USAMHI acquires, preserves, and processes historical materials pertaining to military and U.S. Army history in order to make them accessible to the Army and the public.

Organization: USAMHI consists of the Archives, Classified Holdings, Oral History, Digitization Management and Services, and Audio-Visual Branches.

Functions: The USAMHI operates the Army's central historical archival repository, managing and executing the archival mission (acquire, arrange, preserve, secure, describe, promote, reappraise, and maintain) for historical materials pertaining to military and U.S. Army history. The collection consists of personal papers, archival materials, photographs, maps, audio-visual and digital materials. The USAMHI also administers and maintains the USAWC curricular archive collection. The Department of the Army directed oral history programs, the Senior Officer Oral History Program (SOOHP) and the Division Command Lessons Learned (DCLL) Program are also managed and conducted by the USAMHI. The USAMHI also provides the premier subject matter expert concerning the execution and conduct of oral history interviews.


Mission: Enable the USAHEC and its subordinate divisions to accomplish their mission through the procurement, management and distribution of resources and the planning, coordination and synchronization of USAHEC activities and programs.

Organization: The Operations Division consists of the Personnel/Budget Branch and the Operations Branch.

Functions: The Operations division helps oversee the day-to-day operations of the USAHEC, and enables the organization and its subordinate directorates to accomplish their missions, by procuring, managing, and distributing resources. Operations is responsible for the planning, coordination, and direct synchronization of all USAHEC activities and programs.

  U.S. Army War College Library

Mission: Furnishes access to the world of knowledge through quality library services and resources.

Organization: The USAWC Library consists of the Cataloging and Metadata Services, Research and Instruction, and Access Services Branches.

Functions: The Cataloging and Metadata Services branch of the Library is responsible for the cataloging of print, archival, audio-visual and digital materials in the local Integrated Library System and OCLC's WorldCat. This group also administers, maintains and develops the ILS, Summon, and other databases utilized by the Library. The professional research team provides service in support of the U.S. Army War College curriculum and historical inquiries. They also provide instruction to U.S. Army War College students, faculty, and researchers in the use of USAHEC resources. The Access Services branch of the Library provides circulation, inventory, and stacks maintenance of the collection. Also, InterLibrary Loan (ILL) services are provided for students, staff, and faculty of the USAWC. The Library is the lead in collection development of the Library resources, including print and electronic.

  Visitor and Education Services

Mission: Provide USAHEC visitor services and educate a broad audience on the history and heritage of the U.S. Army through programs and interpretation.

Organization: VES consists of the Education, Information, Nonappropriated Fund Support, and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Support Branches.

Functions: The VES division plans, supervises, and has oversight of the execution of educational programs, Army leader development training, visitor services, and outreach events. The volunteer and internship programs are also managed from this division. The scheduling, preparation, and conduct of the Military History lectures are also led by VES.