Status Update: 4 Nov 2022
Monument Construction, Installation and Dedication Timeline
The Monument is being built by Rock of Ages, 558 Graniteville Road,
Graniteville, Vermont 05654 (https://rockofages.com/). On 23 May 22, ACA made the first down payment of three payments to begin construction of the monument.
Site Preparation: The site will located at the USAF Armament Museum near Eglin AFB, FL. URL: http://www.afarmamentmuseum.com/. Plans are underway for a 15′ x 15′ slab to host the monument, a 3′ x 4′ walkway leading to the monument with a surrounding walkway further surrounded by pavers. The exact plans are tentative but in work with the Armament Museum.
Construction: Rock of Ages is actively working the monument and plans to have the AMMO monument completed by the end of January 2023 – mid-February.
Delivery: Rock of Ages will ship the monument to the USAF Armament Museum at Eglin once the site is prepared and ready to accept the monument.
Installation: Additional site preparation and installation will occur throughout 2023.
Dedication: The AMMO monument and site is planned to be complete and opening dedication to be held on or about National AMMO Day (4 Dec 2023).
Beginnings: At the AMMO Chiefs Association Reunion held in Branson MO in October 2016 there was a proposal made to consider development of an AMMO Monument. Discussion ensued and it was agreed that any type action would need to garner the support of the Ammo Community as a whole, active duty, guard, reserve, and retired. The ACA is not the owner of this proposal but some of its members have agreed to help guide its initial formation. A committee to oversee the project was established recently and is open to all points of view on this project.
Our Goal is to preserve the AMMO Heritage with a Monument that depicts or symbolizes the efforts of the USAF Munitions Systems Career Field personnel and their achievements.
Points considered for the design included:
- Acknowledge the history of ordnance and specifically the impact of munitions personnel on the use of airpower.
- Recognize the achievements in USAF Airpower and the influence AMMO has had on these achievements.
- Memorialize the grit and determination the field has had to endure in conflicts over the years.
- Become a historical monument to the past and touchstone for the future
- Link the past to the present and enable people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those who participated in or were part of the Munitions Maintenance career field.
See the winning design here: https://ammochiefs.com/ammo-memorial/ammo-heritage-monument-design-selection/
It should be noted that although the idea for the AMMO Monument was conceived within the ACA, we are not to be considered the “owners” of it. When completed, “Ownership” of the Memorial will belong to all USAF AMMO Troops, past, present and future. With that said, ACA plans to support the care and feeding of the monument in the future with any and all donations from the AMMO community and others.
With a goal of raising $40K as of 17 Jul 2022 we have achieved 102.4% of goal. We are still accepting donations to the AMMO Monument due to anticipated cost increases for shipping and installation.
NEW: The ACA is hosting a Contest to Win A Miniature AMMO Monument Replica
Remember those miniature AMMO Monument Replicas. Now is your chance to have one of your very own:
We have five miniature replicas, each one is serial numbered, that will be given away in five separate drawings to some lucky AMMO supporter.
All that’s required is for you to send in a AMMO Heritage Monument donation. For every $50 you donate, one entry will be made in your name. For example, if you donate $250, you will have five entries in that drawing. Donations can be made on-line via PayPal or Credit/Debit Card below:The ACA EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 59-3738339. The EIN is also known as a federal Tax Identification Number (TIN), and is used to identify a business or nonprofit entity.
Additional links for donations:
Or you can mail in your donation (make check out to AMMO Chiefs Association) to the:
AMMO Chiefs Association
c/o ACA Treasurer, Mike Robertson
1043 S 2500 W, Syracuse, UT 84075
Eligible donations received during the timeframes shown below will automatically be entered into the drawing for that period.
|Drawing Date||Eligible Donations End||Drawing Date||Drawing Winner|
|15 July 22||14 Aug 22||21 Aug 22||Mark Gossett|
|15 Aug 22||14 Sep 22||21 Sep 22||Van Ray|
|15 Sep 22||14 Oct 22||21 Oct 22||Pat Adams|
|15 Oct 22||14 Nov 22||21 Nov 22||TBD|
|15 Nov 22||14 Dec 22||21 Dec 22||TBD|