M-1 Abrams tank joins Reagan Library collection – San Bernardino Sun

A display of US military force grows at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum with an M-1 Abrams tank, known as America’s fiercest land combat vehicle, joining the collection.

“The tank is a powerful symbol of American power,” Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said on Saturday (December 4) during an unveiling ceremony. “Just as President Reagan represented confidence in the world, oil tankers around the world know this is the fiercest fighting vehicle that has been repeatedly improved.

“I can’t predict where the next conflict will be,” she said, “but I have no doubt that the Abrams will be at the heart of the fight. “

The M-1 Abrams tank, named after the late General Creighton Abrams, has been the main battle tank of the Army and Marine Corps since 1980. This tank joins a US Navy F-14 Tomcat Fighter and a F- of the US Air Force. 117 Stealth Fighter which was unveiled at the library in 2019.

“After seeing this tank fight, we are honored to have it posted here,” said Army Chief of Staff General James McConville.

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville left talks with the mother of newly promoted specialist Alejo Chin, Lorraine, by phone. (Photo by Erika I. Ritchie, Editor-in-Chief)

  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum hosted an unveiling and groundbreaking ceremony on December 4 for the M-1 Abrams Tank exhibit. The tank is on display near the Air Force One Pavilion on Thursday, December 2, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum hosted an unveiling and groundbreaking ceremony on December 4 for the M-1 Abrams Tank exhibit. The tank is on display near the Air Force One Pavilion on Thursday, December 2, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

  • Army Chief of Staff General James McConville with soldiers from Fort Irwin to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for the unveiling of an M-1 Abrams tank which is now on display. (Photo by Erika I. Ritchie, Editor-in-Chief

  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum hosted an unveiling and groundbreaking ceremony on December 4 for the M-1 Abrams Tank exhibit. The tank is on display near the Air Force One Pavilion on Thursday, December 2, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

As part of the unveiling event on Saturday, McConville promoted an Army soldier to specialist in a surprise ceremony.

Specialist Alejo Chin, 20, is stationed in Fort. Irvin, an army training base near Barstow. Soldiers at this base are responsible for representing opposing forces in training exercises for other army units, as well as Marines and service members from allied nations.

“We are sending our units over there to make sure they have a terrible day,” the army’s top general said. “They create a great training experience. “

Chin also received a challenge coin in recognition of a special achievement.

“You have raised a wonderful son,” McConville said after the promotion ceremony while speaking to Chin’s mother, Lorraine, by phone. “We are proud of him and we want to reward him.

Chin was surprised, saying “It was quite amazing.”

The promotion means he will take a higher leadership position in his unit, receive more pay and more educational opportunities, Chin said.

The soldier said he joined the military because his grandfather and uncle were serving.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.

The dedication event took place as part of the Reagan National Defense Forum, a premier conference on national defense.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute hosted the dedication. The nonprofit foundation was created by Reagan and promotes his legacy by sharing his principles: “individual freedom, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride.”

Learn more about the new exhibit and the Simi Valley Presidential Museum at reaganfoundation.org.

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