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Volume 17 | May 12, 2021
Museum Expansion Plan Achieves Critical Milestone
An important milestone has been reached in the Foundation’s plan to expand AMEDD Museum access to the public. The official Foundation “proffer”, which details the Capital Campaign Phase 1 expansion plan, left JBSA in mid-April on its way to the Secretary of the Air Force.

In order for the construction phase to actual begin, an official offer, known as a “proffer” was made by the Foundation in April 2019 to the joint base Commander.

 After lengthy preparations, reviews, and negotiations, the Foundation’s proffer was accepted by the JBSA leadership and forwarded up the chain this April to the Secretary of the Air Force for final approval. 
Phase 1 construction will take advantage of the existing service gate on the East side of the Museum, improving it to become a vehicle Visitors’ gate. This will allow guests to visit our Museum without passing through the existing Access Control Point (ACP) for Fort Sam Houston which is on Harry Wurzbach Road. New fencing will be added to ensure that visitors to the Museum cannot pass through the museum and enter Fort Sam Houston. A new handicapped accessible main entrance to the museum will be created with the construction of a new vestibule addition on the East side of the museum. This will become the main visitor portal to the Museum. The currently unused parking lot on the East side of the Museum will be expanded and provided with lighting, handicapped parking, and a drop-off point for buses as well as a bus turn around. The new vestibule will provide visitors with an orientation to the Museum and will house a new Museum information desk and visitors greeter’s station.

The proffer approval process is expected to take 6- 9 months as the packet moves through the Air Education Training Command (AETC) and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center on its way to the Air Force Secretary. Once approved, the dream of the Capital Campaign to open the Museum to the broader public audience moves one important step closer to reality.
Foundation Hires New Development Manager
With the Museum expansion plan on its way to the Secretary of the Air Force for approval, meeting the next goals for the Capital Campaign becomes more important than ever. With that in mind, the Foundation recently hired a new Development Manager to kick our fundraising work to the next level.
Courtney Knapp brings a strong background in education, museum work, and non-profit volunteer experience. With a Master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts, she has worked in various museums developing and leading tours and teaching classes, as well as conducting research and conservation work on their collections. As a Red Cross volunteer overseas, she helped develop programs to take best advantage of available grant program funds.
She hails originally from Oklahoma but spent a lot of her younger years traveling for her dad’s job, finally ending up for high school and college in South Carolina. Courtney arrived in San Antonio with her military spouse who is currently assigned to the AMEDD Center of Excellence. Looking to offer her talents and time, she volunteered with the Museum. Impressed with her skills and positive approach, Museum Director George Wunderlich recommended her to the Foundation as a possible addition to our staff.
Courtney’s new duties will include grant writing, fundraising to include the memorial brick program, and public relations and marketing geared toward raising awareness of the Museum to the community. Courtney says she is happy to be able to help the Foundation and the Museum grow to support both the military and the broader public community. We welcome Courtney to the Foundation team!
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