The National Museum of the American Sailor is a new name for a museum that’s been in existence for about 10 years. Dr. Jennifer Searcy, is director of the National Museum of the American Sailor. She discussed the museum’s new name, and new mission, on National Defense Week. She also discussed the museum’s relationship with the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation.
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (July 4, 2016) — From left to right, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes, Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander of Naval Service Training Command, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens, Samuel Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, David Torma, a board member of the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Robert Bied, president of the Great Lakes Naval Museum Foundation, and Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor, unveil the new sign in front of the National Museum of the American Sailor, at Great Lakes, Ill., July 4. The Great Lakes Naval Museum was renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor in order to honor the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood/Released)