Staff at Fort Sill museum improves post’s facilities
Charting a course through the uncertain waters of a shrinking Army is all in a day's work for Fort Sill's three museums.
In an interview this past week, Frank Siltman, director of museum services, lavished praise on the hardworking staff, volunteers and special duty soldiers who keep the museums accessible to the public.
Siltman is a career artillery officer who got his education as a historian. Both his undergraduate and graduate work were in history, and he taught in the American history division of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
As a student at the Army War College, he worked on oral histories and other projects with the Army History Education Center.
"Once I got here to Fort Sill, (I) really engaged with the museums and became a regular volunteer with those museums. And that really came from my experiences at the Army War College where I had become a volunteer at the National Civil War Museum during my time there as well," Siltman said.
After volunteering at the Fort Sill Museum, "I literally fell into the best retirement job in the Army. That was with the coming of the Base Realignment (and Closure) Commission and moving the air defense up here, we established three separate museums as opposed to just a Fort Sill/Field Artillery Museum," he said.