The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and his Soviet counterpart, Marshal of the USSR Sergei F. Akrhomeyev, approved an exchange of military museum directors in 1987. This exchange promoted better understanding between two countries. The Soviet delegation arrived in December 1988. Two months after the Soviet’s visit, an eight-member team of representatives from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps arrived in Moscow, Russia, to tour Soviet museums.
The Soviets visited the Navy Historical Center (now Naval History and Heritage Command), and the Navy Museum (now National Museum of the U.S. Navy) on December 16, 1988. Following tours through the Curator Branch at the Navy Historical Center by the Director Ronald J. Spector, Ph.D., the Soviets had lunch at the Navy Museum, which was followed by a tour of the museum by Director Oscar P. Fitzgerald. The museum’s staff curated a WWI and WWII war poster exhibit for the visiting delegation.
The next day, the group was given a tour of the Marine Corps Historical Center, which was located at the Washington Navy Yard at that time. The delegation flew to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, on December 19 and also were given a tour at the Naval Aviation Museum by the Director Captain Robert L. Rasmussen, USN, (Retired). The next stop was at the U.S Army Armor Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky. They then flew the U.A. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force base at Dayton, Ohio.
The Soviet visitors were Colonel Valentine Sergeyevich Grichuk, Head of Delegation and representative of the Department of Military-History Affairs, General Staff, Soviet Armed Forces; Captain First Rank Pavel Platonovich Boyko, Representative, Military Culture and Art Department, Main Political Directorate, Soviet Army and Navy; Captain First Rank Alexeksey Mikhaylovich Aleshin, Central Navy Museum, Leningrad; Colonel Vitaliy Treent’yevich Pasechinikov, Director, Center Armed Forces, Museum of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union; Colonel Mikhail Yakovlevich Kravchenko, Director, Military History Museum of Artillery; and General Lieutenant Sergey Yakovlevich Fedorov, Soviet Air Force, Director of Soviet Air Force Museum, Moscow.
The U.S. Representatives departed for Russia in late February 1989. Arriving in Moscow, they toured the Kremlin Armory Chamber, the Central Museum of the Armed Forces. The Grekov Institute of Military Artists, the Air Force Museum, the Central Naval Museum, the Artillery, Engineers, and Signal Museum. They departed back to the United States in early March.