COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – One of the architects of the National Infantry Museum, Ben Williams, will soon step down as president and COO.
Williams announced last week he's stepping down as the guy in charge, retiring to spend more time with his family.
When asked to reflect on his time at the NIM, Williams says: "Hard to believe it's been almost seven years since the National Infantry Museum opened its doors… it was a special day, and I'm certainly proud of what's been accomplished here, and feel very comfortable in stepping away. It's time to pass the baton, as is said often."
Since 2009, more than two million visitors have passed through the doors. A lot of them are young people getting a different sort of history lesson.
Arnold Lamb, Air Force JROTC instructor at Callaway High School, says, "It's one thing to read about it in a book, to see it on slides, but when you can come to the museum and actually experience it, it brings it all together for 'em."
The statue of an infantry soldier was a key component of the museum, and it has become quite the focal point.
The Army's newest soldiers are brought here after graduation, and just about everyone wants a picture made in front of the statue.
Williams is being replaced by Retired Col. Greg Camp, who's been serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer. He was selected in a unanimous vote last week.
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