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UA Signs Historic Agreement with U.S. Army

President Bell and Mr. Robert Doerer, Deputy to the USAACE Commanding General
March 22, 2024

The University of Alabama and the United States Army installation at Fort Novosel entered into a historic agreement, celebrated at the ceremonial signing of the intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) on March 19, 2024. The IGSA is a first of its kind for UA and Fort Novosel and authorizes the UA Office of Archaeological Research to oversee the curation and preservation of artifacts found on the 65,000-acre Home of Army Aviation.

“The University is dedicated to ensuring that the treasures of our history are not just preserved but made accessible,” said University of Alabama President, Dr. Stuart R. Bell. “This commitment will undoubtedly enrich the lives of those present and future generations.”

In accordance with federal regulation under the National Historic Preservation Act, an archeological survey or excavation must be conducted prior to construction or land improvement projects.  UA will curate and house historical artifacts that are preserved as part of this process. These artifacts will be used for archaeological and historical research at UA, enabling students to benefit from this partnership through research and learning experiences.

“In war or peace, Fort Novosel has taught warriors to soar like eagles and defend America’s freedom. On and beneath the land that we launch those aircraft from, lies generations of artifacts and remnants from before us. Even before the dream of flight became a reality,” stated Deputy to the USAACE Commanding General, Mr. Robert Doerer. “A generation that ignores history has no past and no future.”

The IGSA agreement was negotiated by the UA Office for Research & Economic Development and will be administered by the UA College of Arts & Sciences, which oversees UA Museums and the Office of Archaeological Research.