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BC: Hope you enjoyed your visit! Michele

FC: National Museum of the Marine Corps

1: The National Museum of the Marine Corps employs 49 full time employees, 50 contractors (security and facilities maintenance), and 17 interns. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation employs 20 contractors who work in the museum store and dining facilities. Additionally, they have three full time employees who work within the museum and are responsible for all special events planning which support museum funding.

2: FRONT DESK SUPPORT | Docent Jim Smith greeting guests at the front desk. | Gunnery Sergeant Gary Porter providing directions to guests at the front desk.

3: Jim and Gunny Porter assisting a guest with a wheelchair request. | Wheelchairs are provided free of charge, first come, first served.

4: This is our Deputy Director, Charlie Grow hard at work on either an HR or budget issue. | It must be a budget concern as Charlie is reviewing paperwork with our Fiscal Officer, William Tate. It appears that they are playing nice but then again, it is only 9:00 a.m.

5: It is now 9:05 and please notice William's red pen...budget talks have since resumed but William is now in a neck brace and Charlie is only allowed to speak to him via cellphone. | HR & BUDGET

6: This is our Assistant Aviation Curator, Carrie Bowers, discussing a donation of the personal flight gear belonging to Col John Zuppan to the NMMC. | Please note her white gloves used for the protection of the fabric.

7: Here are Aviation Curator Ben Kristy (standing) and Ordnance Curator Al Houde (seated) assessing several weapons for possible accession into the collection; behind them hangs a AV-8B Harrier. | C U R A T O R I A L

8: CAST FIGURES: There are 84 cast figures within the museum and each cost approx $40,000 to create. | We purchase them from Studioeis but they are cast in conjunction with the NMMC exhibits staff.

9: The Marine (figure on the right) is casted from our Uniforms and Heraldry Curator, Owen Conner. This scene was posed; however it has been noted upon occasion that when people touch Owen's collection they often end up just like the poor German fella...

10: Our Facilities Manager Rick Cochran studies the grounds and building plans to determine how to best clean up the mess left by the derecho.

11: FACILITIES | I had wanted to show you our grounds crew hard at work cleaning our park and trails from debris associated with the derecho but these guys are so great and efficient at their job, I was unable to get a photo before the trees were reduced to mulch!

12: The Education interns work with two summer camp groups - Jessica Eustace works to assist these children with rubbings in our children's activity area, "Chesty's Corner", while Sydney Hill provides another group of elementary school-age kids with a tour of the World War II Gallery.

13: E D U C A T I O N

14: This is Jenn Jackson, exhibits specialist, and Tony Espree, graphic artist, working on installing a new temporary exhibit entitled "Semper Fly" on our second floor. | E X H I B I T S

15: Tony and team begin by painting the walls a steel gray to match the color scheme of most of the USMC aircraft. | Christina Johnson, program manager, works with an intern to assist with the install. | Christina also added the special effects paint job found above the windows - more aviation artwork typically found on older models. | DAY ONE

16: DAY | Christina and Tony hang graphics and text for the "Semper Fly" exhibit

17: TWO

18: Some of the tools of the trade used by exhibits staff.

19: To see a short video on the exhibit after installation, please click on the following link: |

SEMPER FLY EXHIBIT from Michele Flynn on Vimeo.

20: Restorations - always hard at work delivering quality products to the museum. | Steve Maenz and Rich Niedner work on the rivets attached to the wing of the SBD Dauntless aircraft.

21: Intern Kristen Johnson measures a "B" roller for use with the laser etcher | Restorations volunteer Charlie Evans repairs a bracket usually attached to the SBD Dauntless aircraft.

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  • Title: Museum Professional
  • Photos, video and text describe several museum professionals who work at the National Museum of the Marine Corps
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