Apr 28, 2012

Retired Army veteran interns at Garst


GREENVILLE – The Garst Museum is pleased to introduce its latest Wright State University Public History program intern; Retired Major David J. Manges Sr. After retiring from the Army, David began pursuing his Masters of Arts degree with a concentration of Public History from Wright State University. He is now completing his final degree requirement by interning at the Garst Museum. David will serve as the Military Collections specialist and work with the museum’s collection to better interpret the collections and make them more accessible to the public and veterans.
Executive Director Dr. Clay Johnson stated, “the one-year-old partnership with Wright State University’s Public History Program has created a wonderful opportunity for both the museum and the students.  David will bring a very unique set of skills and experience that will benefit the museum.”
WSU’s History Department offers a Master of Arts program for students that are interested in pursuing a career in the museum or archives profession. Part of the student’s program of study includes hands-on training under the direction of a public history professional. Garst Museum provides students with ongoing opportunities for short and long-term projects and internships. While working at the museum, students gain experience in exhibit research, design, construction, and promotion, historical research, curator asset management, collections management, collections care, and archives, museum, and records management.
David was raised in Manhattan, KS. He enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard while in high school and after finishing high school he enlisted in the regular Army. After completing basic training, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program he was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he served for 5 years and participated in the 1983 rescue mission of medical students in Grenada. In 1985 he was assigned to the Army’s Ranger school where he served as a Ranger Instructor. In 1990 he left the regular Army and joined the Georgia National Guard while attending Georgia College where he earned BS degrees in both History and Political Science. He also completed ROTC and was commissioned as an officer in the Army. He served in a variety of units to include the 1st battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Ft. Richardson, AK and he commanded the 101st Airborne Division’s Pathfinder Company at Ft. Campbell, KY. His last overseas assignment was as the Ground Plans Officer assigned to the US Air Forces Coalition Air Operations Center at Al Udied Air Force Base. In October 2004 he was assigned to Wright State University ROTC where he retired in 2009 with over 29 years of service. He has many awards and decorations that include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge with one Combat Jump Star. He spent over 18 of his 29 years of military service on parachute status and has participated in over 400 static line parachute jumps.
David lives in Beavercreek with his two Golden retrievers. His 28-year-old son DJ (David Jr.) is flying F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters for the U.S. Navy.

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