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Training the Warfighter

Conservation Branch Training the Warfighter

Marines at the Marine Corps Civil-Military Operations School in Quantico, Virginia, learn basic wet handling tips and techniques during the hands-on portion of cultural heritage training.

The NHHC Conservation Branch trains United States Navy Sailors and Marines in surveying, documenting, and basic handling of heritage sites and objects in crisis situations such as natural disasters and post-conflict operations. Our initial offering in Spring 2017 was a classroom training and multiday integrated civil-military operations exercise with the Marines of 2nd Civil Affairs Group.

Since 2017, we have trained U.S. Marines and foreign exchange military at the Marine Corps Civil Military Operations School 3-4 times per year. We also developed a simulated museum environment at our facility in Richmond, Virginia, to offer our classroom and practical experience to U.S. Navy reservists enrolled in Naval History and Heritage Command’s fleet historian training course.

Marines around table looking at artifacts.

Marines use a checklist to guide them through a survey of our portable simulated museum environment kit. 

Marines and Sailors reviewing water-damaged sample artifacts.

Navy Combat Documentation Unit and Fleet Historian reservists practice wet salvage. 

Female Sailor inspecting an artifact while standing at a table.

A Sailor enrolled in NHHC’s fleet historian course surveys and documents damage in our simulated museum environment. 

Published: Fri Feb 12 16:12:34 EST 2021