377th SFG Unveils Renovated Heritage Room -- Showcases History of Defenders
By A1C Ireland Summers, 377th ABW Public Affairs, 9 March 2021
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ashley A. Kurtz, 377th Security Forces Group flight chief, presents new artifacts added to the 377th Security Forces Group Heritage Room on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, March 5, 2021. The new updates include display cases with historical items such as uniforms worn during the Vietnam War, newspaper articles, vinyl photographs and a photographic timeline of the unit's history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)
The 377th Security Forces Group unveiled renovations to their Heritage Room on Kirtland Air Force Base, March 5, 2021.
The Heritage Room, which has been used since 1966 by defenders for guard mount, was updated with historical pieces and pictures to tell their story.
“When Airmen arrive in a new unit, they usually arrive with the mentality of learning to complete the mission and rarely get the opportunity to learn about, much less see, the history of the unit they are assigned,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ashley A. Kurtz, 377th SFG flight chief. “Airmen assigned to the 377th SFG are given a rare opportunity to view items on display [that were] worn and utilized by defenders once assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base.”
Kurtz, who was part of the team responsible for the idea and completion of the renovations, said that it was inspiring to see, read and understand the accomplishments of the defenders that came before her.
The updates to the heritage room include newly painted walls, display cases showcasing an MRE accessory packet and uniform items worn by a defender during the Vietnam War, newspaper articles, vinyl photographs and a photographic timeline of the unit's history.
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brady L. McCoy, 377th SFG chief enlisted manager, spoke about what the Heritage Room means to him.
“To me, this room is a place where I can see where I came from,” said McCoy. “It is a place where heroes are represented. It gives me a chance to reflect on past missions as air police, security police and security forces. The room is a place to tell stories, share experiences across all ranks, active and retired, and see my roots in the Air Force.”
McCoy said that the Heritage Room allows future defenders to see where their legacy comes from and to see why they do what they do.
“Our story in the 377th SFG will now endure for many, many years to come,” said McCoy.
With the Heritage Room finished, the bunker will now undergo renovations that will be revealed at a later date.