Well, we certainly made up for not meeting last week. I have been in contact with COL Eugene Palka, US Army, who is the department head for the Geography and Environmental Engineering Dept. at West Point, and author of a new book on the subject, as well as Dr. Joseph Hupy, current president of the Military Geography Specialty Group of the AAG. Both men have been very helpful and are excited about this project. They sent me several items, including papers, syllabi, and newsletters, to give us a feel for where the field is at the moment. These items will also aid us in gathering relevant sources for the bibliography, which is still under construction. Well, that is all for this week. I hope to update you again either later this week, or at our next meeting.
We did not meet this week, but that does not mean that nothing was done. I have created a Google Group called The Military Geography Society, with the goal to link scholars, military professionals, and others interested in military geography to both raise awareness for the field, as well as aid the three of us in our work. If you are interested, check out the group, join up, and spread the word. See you next week, if not sooner.
Well, even though we started a bit late (you are forgiven Dr. Munski, it happens), we accomplished much today. We discussed the issue of limitations on our possible requests to the library and decided that in order to have the best possible results we will need to prioritize the sources we uncover, so that we can present the library with a possible list of important, must have, works. In addition, we examined the idea of working with the Alumni Association and Development officers to look into the possibility of getting alumni, or friend of the university, assistance on this project, with the goal being a possible Military History/Geography collection named after the person(s) that would help us. We also looked at a possible filmography on the subject. We will not be meeting next week, but I will try to post an update next week. Have a great week.
This week’s meeting was very productive, as I showed Dr. Munski and Tim the power of the site and the recent changes I made to the Bibliography page. They offered helpful suggestions to it and I made the changes. In addition, Tim shared with us his idea for his poster, which will focus on the concept of Missions Other Than Wars (MOTWs) as they relate to the Air Force, specifically the recent Air Force mission evacuating Americans from Lebanon during the Summer War between Lebanon and Israel last year. I will continue working on the site and hopefully we will hear something from publishers and others concerning acquisition of sources. Again, as always, if you can help in anyway, please email us.
This past week was slow and not much was done, but I have shown Dr. Munski the power of the blog as an academic tool and he is slowly coming on board. Hopefully, with him on board, this site will expand rapidly, as the three of us put our collective efforts behind it.