MilCHAG provides global operations, planning, training, and reach back support that promotes cultural property protection (CPP) during full spectrum operations for Combatant Commands and joint force planners and engineers worldwide. MilCHAG enhances military capacity by developing CPP training tools and support services to increase awareness of the heritage landscape at the senior leadership, command and tactical levels within the U.S. Department of Defense.
MilCHAG was co-founded in 2009 by Dr. Laurie Rush (email@example.com), Cultural Resources Program Manager at Fort Drum, NY, and Dr. James A. Zeidler (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Director for Cultural Resources in the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at Colorado State University. MilCHAG is an ad hoc, non-profit organization whose membership is made up of approximately 60 individuals including academic stakeholders (including archaeologists, geographers, historians, and art historians, among others), NGOs, university-based DoD contractors, Federal civilian personnel, and active duty military personnel. MilCHAG maintains its presence in this arena through annual meetings held in September of each year in the Washington D.C. area, though quarterly teleconferences organized and moderated by the co-founder.