National Mounted Warfare Museum rendering

An artist's rendering shows the National Mounted Warfare Museum near the Fort Hood main gate. Fundraising efforts are underway to build the museum.

Courtesy photo | National Mounted Warfare Foundation

The National Mounted Warfare Foundation has received a pledge for up to $2 million matching money to help fund construction of the National Mounted Warrior Museum at Fort Hood.

Dr. Richard Redalen of Colleyville has pledged to match every donation made over the next three months — dollar for dollar — for up to $2 million of his own money, providing potential to raise a total of $4 million, according to Bob Crouch, foundation vice president.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization tasked with planning, designing and fundraising for the state-of-the-art museum, which will replace Fort Hood’s two existing museums. It is slated to be built outside Fort Hood’s main gate, near the visitor’s center, and will be open to the public.

“To include the land, we’re currently at 75 percent of the $37 million we need to break ground,” Crouch said. “We have $28 million so far with $9 million to go. Another $4 million will get us so much closer to help us stay on track to break ground in late spring (2018).”

Retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, president and CEO of the foundation, said the matching gift brings the museum closer to reality.

“This (museum) is about the soldiers — not about generals or strategies, but about the soldiers who do the actual fighting,” Funk said. “The stories we want to tell are about the front-line troops, because unfortunately they do most of the dying. We want to tell the story of their families, and of the communities surrounding the Greater Fort Hood area.”

Phase I of the 42,000-square-foot National Mounted Warrior Museum is projected for completion in 2020 and will feature 25,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 7,000 square feet of temporary/opportunity exhibit space. Future phases include an interpretive walking trail and outdoor amphitheater.

“We are very grateful to Dr. Redalen for his generous pledge,” Funk said. “Rick is a great friend of this project, and his pledge brings us closer to breaking ground and beginning construction. Rick cares deeply about our soldiers, veterans and family members, and knows that our museum will help preserve the legacy of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

Crouch said the foundation is confident that Redalen’s pledge will help attract other supporters and donors and encourage the community as a whole to embrace the project. The National Mounted Warrior Museum is expected to become a destination activity that will attract visitors from across Texas and around the country, according to the foundation.

“We would like to thank other donors that have supported us to date,” Crouch said. “Including H-E-B, the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Union State Bank, the Copperas Cove Industrial Fund, Monteith Abstract and Title Company, Killeen Power Sports and many, many others. We are also grateful to our strategic partners — the U.S. Army Center of Military History and our architect, Huckabee, Inc. — who have all made significant contributions to the project through their design work and development of products supporting the capital campaign.”

For more information, to make a donation, or to order a memorial brick, visit nmwfoundation.org.

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