Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environment John Paul Woodley, Jr. will participate in the ceremonial arrival of the last major artifact of the historic USS Monitor, a 987-ton Civil War armored turret gunboat. The ceremony will take place at the downtown Victory Arch in Newport News, Virginia on Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. EDT.
The Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, which is overseen by Woodley, has provided more than $13 million in the last three years towards the recovery project. The USS Monitor salvage operation is a joint operation by the U. S. Navy, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and The Mariner's Museum.
Woodley's remarks will cover the historic significance of the USS Monitor and the importance of military training in the War on Terrorism. He will also provide a summary of the Department's current initative to improve military readiness through balanced and environmentally responsible testing and training on military ranges. A media availability will immediately follow the speech. The point of contact is Cheryl Irwin at (703) 697-5331.
More information on the DoD Legacy Resource Management Program can be found at https://www.denix.osd.mil/denix/Public/ES-Programs/Conservation/Legacy/legacy.html.