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Monday, May 10, 2010

USS Alabama gets steel donation for restoration


From the USS Alabama Battleship Commission:


SSAB Americas, a global leader in value added, high strength steel and one of the continent’s leading plate suppliers, recently donated 78 tons of steel to the USS Alabama Battleship Commission to be used for restoration efforts on the superstructure of Battleship USS Alabama (BB-60).

Battleship USS Alabama (BB-60) is a National Historic Landmark and recently celebrated the 67th anniversary of her commissioning. Restoration and repairs to her main deck, superstructure, and cannons will require preparation, replacement, and coating of approximately 160,000 square feet of superstructure. The estimated cost of the project is $1.3 million.

With the support of SSAB Americas, the USS Alabama Battleship Commission will be able to continue their mission of memorializing veterans while preserving history for future generations.

Battleship Memorial Park has welcomed more than 13 million visitors from all 50 states and virtually every nation in the world. Last year alone, 332,122 visitors toured the Park with 80% of the visitors from outside the State of Alabama,

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park has had a local economic impact of $203,257,959 just from admissions revenue in our 45 years of operation. Although an agency of the State of Alabama, the Park has been self-sufficient for daily operations since opening to the public in 1965.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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