We recently had a meeting with the 96th CES out of Eglin regarding the Son Tay buildings. Having exhausted all official channels to move the buildings to the Compound, we made the mutual decision to pursue special legislation in Congress to have the buildings donated so that they can be moved off base.
Currently, we are coordinating with the city of Niceville to determine the feasibility of moving the barracks to vacant city land behind the Niceville library. The barracks could then be renovated and turned into a historical or military museum, maintained by a private organization.
We would also like to have the former Bull Simons HQ building donated to the SFA, to be used as a team house. Location still to be determined.
Sam has met with a staffer from Congressman Miller’s office, and they need additional background/historical information in order to craft special legislation. To that end, we would like to have a meeting on the Compound this Thursday at 1030 with all interested parties. Can you reach out to the Raiders again and see if any of them can come? Also, if they can bring any of their documentation, photos, etc I can capture them all at the meeting for the purpose of helping Congressman Miller’s office with the legislative process.
All, thank you for your continued support and patience. We are encountering many roadblocks, legal and financial, but are continuing forward momentum (although very slow). We hope to have good news in the near future, thanks to some very dedicated community leaders in the Crestview area.
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Son Tay Raid. I'm honored to have received communications from some of my favorite Raiders (regardless if they persist in calling me Nikki). Here's to hoping we can save the barracks as a symbol of gratitude from current and future Soldiers to those who refused to leave their Brothers without hope.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support. We've recently changed our strategy slightly to consider relocating the barracks to somewhere off base. This will allow us to renovate the building as we get donations but means we need to find some land to move it to (will be cheaper in the long run though). If anyone has any thoughts on where we can get a small piece of land cheap or donated in the Eglin AFB area, please shoot me an email.
All, I apologize for the delay in updates and responses. Due to the government shutdown and the budget crisis, we've hit a snag with government funding support. Because of regulations such as American Disability, etc, the total price of the project will be about $1.2 million to put it on base. We are currently exploring all our options and trying to figure out how to raise over a million dollars. Please know there are a small group of people actively working on this project. Also, if anyone wants to help in the planning,please contact me! Thank you all!
I am going to start gathering the data for the memorial bricks. We are offering this for donations of $250 and above. If you'd like one, please send me an email with your engraving data. The company we are using says the bricks can be up to 4 lines with 21 characters each but recommends 3 lines of no more than 18 characters each. You can send me a message here with your information or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently working the contract to move the barracks and plan to have that processed prior to the end of the Fiscal Year. The AF is also working the cost estimate to refurbish up to code. Our plan is to use as much donated labor and materials as possible to keep costs down. Thank you everyone for your continued support. FYSA based on some suggestions we are putting together a plan to build a walkway to or around the barracks with memorial bricks. Tentative plans put the first level at $250 per brick. Will keep everyone posted!
This project is to save and restore the last remaining barracks used during the planning of the Son Tay Raid. The Son Tay Raid, conducted in 1970, is a significant event in Special Forces and Joint Military Operations history. The barracks is currently scheduled for demolition under a footprint reduction plan. We want to relocate it to the nearby 7th Special Forces Group area on Eglin Air Force Base and restore it into a heritage center, dedicated to the history of the Son Tay Raid and the Special Forces.
Initially the building relocation will cost between $65 and $115k. This is dependent on variables such as the presence of asbestos, power line movement, etc. The building will then require renovation to bring it up to current construction codes and building the history displays. The follow on work has not yet been estimated as we hope to use internal labor for as much as possible.
I Thank You and 7TH Special Forces Group for the time and Contribution to the Memory of the night of 21 November 1970 when we told The World ! America did not Forget Its POW's and put great Retribution on North Vietnam
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