FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) The Jerold B. Katz Foundation and First Community Foundation, Inc., the foundation arm of First Community Bancshares, has pledged $1 million to fund the construction of the National Mounted Warrior Museum.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the Jerold B. Katz Foundation and First Community Foundation,” said retired Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, president and CEO of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.
Plans were unveiled in March for the museum, which will be constructed outside of the main gate of Fort Hood between the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center and the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment stables, honoring the history of mounted soldiers.
The National Mounted Warrior Museum will honor the history of mounted soldiers who rode into battle on horseback, tankers, airplanes and more.
The museum is expected to attract 265,000 visitors each year.
The cost of the first phase of the building is expected to be $10.9 million.
The total cost of all seven phases of the building including Phase I is expected to be $16.2 million.
The Army is allowing the use of government land for the museum and the Army’s Center of Military History will be responsible for providing the exhibits.
Phase I, which is projected for completion in 2022, will feature 13,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 7,000 square feet of temporary exhibit space.