Submitted by “Andy” Anderson
The recently completed Chapter-sponsored visit to Tidewater Virginia provided all the interest and excitement one could wish. Ideal early fall weather made perfect the scheduled visits to the original site of the Jamestown Colony, Colonial Williamsburg, the Revolutionary War battleground and British surrender site at Yorktown, and the awe-inspiring Civil War battlefield at Fredericksburg. Equally, rain did not deter or detract from a beautiful tour of Washington by night, including stops at the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Iwo Jima Memorial, Navy Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial and much more.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk. This featured a detailed command briefing followed by a comprehensive tour of the facility, including the Distance Learning Center, seminar rooms, a war gaming suite, the library, and administrative offices. A group photo was taken on the Quarterdeck by the JFSC photographer upon completion of the visit. Immediately following, thanks to arrangements made by the JFSC, the group departed for a splendid and all-inclusive guided bus tour of the Norfolk Naval Station complex, including the Main Navy Piers (with aircraft carriers, frigates, amphibious, and service forces present), Destroyer Piers, “Admirals’ Row” residences dating from the Columbian Exposition, and the Breezy Point Naval Air Station.
A second highlight of the week was a visit to the Mariners Museum in Newport News, site of the recovered remains and artifacts of the Civil War ironclad, Monitor. Her gun turret and portions of her hull and engines can be viewed as they are painstakingly preserved as a lasting memorial to the day that Monitor v. Merrimack forever changed the course of naval history.
All in all, this TROA-NH tour has been one of the very best to date, even though the adrenaline was generally raised by the bus transits back and forth between Washington and Richmond during the height of the Maryland/Virginia sniper attacks.
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