Alan Cate: On the Army Heritage and Education Center

A retired colonel in the United States Army, Alan Cate engaged in active duty for 25 years. During the later years of his service, he taught on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he also served as Director of the Army Heritage and Education Center. He now teaches secondary-level history at University School, a boys’ preparatory school in Ohio.

As the U.S. Army’s leading archive for historical research, the Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) strives to honor those Americans who have served their country as soldiers. Open and free of charge to all, this center welcomes both soldiers and visitors to an expansive complex that includes a museum, a library, archives, and a mile-long Army Heritage Trail. Like the indoor exhibit galleries, the Heritage Trail introduces visitors to major events and periods in the history of the U.S. Army.

Engaged in both preservation and education, the USAHEC maintains a continuing commitment to expanding its resource base. The center strives to preserve these resources while also making them as accessible as possible to researchers at all levels. The USAHEC provides extensive support to archive and library users, while the Visitor and Education Services department reaches out to museum visitors and other members of the general public. As a result, all can benefit from the broad collection of Army literature and memorabilia.