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From the very beginning in 2011, the Museum of the American Military Family had a lot of support from a small group of military brats who’d experienced similar growing pains a little over a decade earlier.
They were the founders of Operation Footlocker.
Operation Footlocker is a grassroots effort to celebrate the shared cultural identity of military brats.
It grew out of an online discussion in 1996.
Mary Edwards Wertsch, author of the book “Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress” and participant in the discussion, first thought of taking a real footlocker and sending it around the country as a way of gathering memorabilia and bringing brats together.
Reta Jones Nicholson provided the first footlocker and was the catalyst who brought Operation Footlocker from discussion to reality.
Marc Curtis, founder of Military Brats Registry, created the Operation Footlocker website, and Gene Moser housed the footlockers. Dozens of people contributed items.
Nicholson wrote in an article published in 2000, “We brats couldn’t take much of our ‘stuff’ with us at moving time (there was a weight allowance), so through the years, we gathered items that carried great meaning to us, representing as they did homes and friends and events that would likely never be returned to. We lost touch with the people and places, but we had our memories, and our portable traditions…” Read the rest of this entry »