Chronology


April 13, 2007 The Air Force Memorial Foundation (AFMF) becomes part of the Air Force Association (AFA).
October 14, 2006 Memorial Dedication. United States Air Force Memorial presented to the nation.
September 22, 2006 Fifteenth and final section (spire #1 tip) of the spires erected. All three spires are complete. 
September 15, 2006 Fourteenth section (spire #2 tip) of the spires erected.  Spire #2 is complete. 
August 4, 2006 Thirteenth section (spire #3 tip) of the spires erected.  Spire #3 is complete.
July 28, 2006 Twelfth section (spire #2 ball-in-box segment) of the spires erected.
July 22, 2006 Eleventh section (spire #1 ball-in-box segment) of the spires erected.
July 1, 2006 Tenth section (spire #3 ball-in-box segment) of the spires erected.  
June 19, 2006 Ninth section of the spires erected. The tallest of the three spires is currently at a height of 170 feet, and already plainly visible on the Northern Virginia skyline.
May 26, 2006 Eighth section (spire #2 third piece) of the spires erected.
May 12, 2006 Seventh section (spire #1 third piece) of the spires erected.
April 17, 2006 Sixth section (spire #3 second piece) of the spires erected. This spire now reaches ~ 80' above the ground. When finished with its four pieces, it will rise 201' into the sky.
April 6, 2006 Fifth section (spire #1 second piece) of the spires erected. This spire now reaches ~ 100' above the ground. When finished with its six pieces, it will soar 270' into the sky.
March 29, 2006 Fourth section (spire #2 second piece) of the spires erected. This spire now reaches ~ 90' above the ground. When finished with its five pieces, it will soar 231' into the sky.
March 25, 2006 Third section (base piece for spire #1) of the spires erected.
March 17, 2006 Second section (base piece for spire #3) of the spires erected.
March 11, 2006 First permanent trees planted on the 3-acre site. These London Plane trees will eventually line the entire access driveway named Air Force Memorial Drive.
February 10, 2006 First section (base piece for spire #2) of the Air Force Memorial spires erected. This is the first of 15 separate sections that will form the three stainless steel spires-the central focus of the Memorial. Eventually the highest of the spires will ascend 270' above the 3-acre elevated promontory site.
January 2006 Architectural retaining walls completed.
December 21, 2005 First granite paving concrete subbase placed.
December 6, 2005 Spire damper box testing completed.
November 18, 2005 Granite stone fabrication (cutting/polishing) begins.
November 10, 2005 Landscape infrastructure work begins in driveway area.
November 4, 2005 Concrete footings for inscription walls, contemplation chamber and Honor Guard statue completed.
October 28, 2005 Promontory slab complete.
October 19, 2005 Architectural concrete retaining walls begin.
September 22, 2005 Memorial steps concrete foundation completed.
September 13, 2005 Spire foundations complete (grade beams and spire pedestals complete).
September 6, 2005 East entrance retaining wall complete.
August 18, 2005 Memorial steps retaining wall complete.
August 8, 2005 Support building steel frame begins.
June 24, 2005 Spire foundation pile caps completed.
June 6, 2005 Site concrete retaining wall foundations begin.
May 2, 2005 Site utility installation begins.
April 18, 2005 Centex finishes mobilization and continues process of pouring concrete foundation caissons for the three spires.
April 7, 2005 Spire foundation caissons completed.
March 16, 2005 DoD turns site over to AFMF and Centex.
March 11, 2005 Excavation for spire foundations completed.
January 24, 2005 Excavation for spire foundations begins.
January 2005 Centex Construction begins mobilization activities onsite.
January 2005 Site utility installation begins.
December 2004 Major excavation of the site and grading begins.
October 21, 2004 Demolition of the Wing 8 building begins.
October 18, 2004 Demolition of overhead walkways between Navy Annex Wings 7 & 8 signifies beginning of Wing 8 demolition to make way for AFM.
September 15, 2004 Formal Groundbreaking and site dedication of the AFM held on the future site of the United States Air Force Memorial.
August 5, 2004 National Capital Planning Commission approves the preliminary and final site and building plans for the AFM.
June 28, 2004 DoD determines a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) of the AFM project on the quality of the human environment.
June 10, 2004 Centex signs contract with Mariani Metal Fabricators of Toronto to fabricate and with Cianbro Corporation of Baltimore to erect the AFM stainless steel spires.
June 9, 2004 Contract signed with Centex Construction Company to build the Air Force Memorial.
May 18, 2004 DoD awards AFM Site Preparation contract to Forrester Construction Company. Current plans call for complete turnover of site to AFMF by end of December 2004.
April 15, 2004 Commission of Fine Arts enthusiastically and unanimously approves the overall final plan for the Air Force Memorial. Recommendations are made concerning the honor guard statue.
March 12, 2004 Interviews conducted with three company project teams competing to construct the Memorial's stainless steel spires.
January 14, 2004 Construction Request for Proposal and invitation to the Pre-bid/Site Inspection Conference on January 23 released to four firms competing to fabricate and erect the stainless steel spires.
October 2003 Request for Qualifications to compete for the construction of the Memorial's stainless steel spires sent to nine firms.
September 12, 2003 Centex Construction Company selected to provide pre-construction services to the Air Force Memorial project.
August 14, 2003 The list of six construction firms narrowed to three that will interview for the opportunity to build the Air Force Memorial.
July 16, 2003 Pre-proposal Meeting held with the six construction firms interested in building the Air Force Memorial.
July 15, 2003 Inscription Committee, formed to develop ideas for and to recommend what inscriptions, images, etc. will be reflected on the Air Force Memorial, meets for first time. Call goes out to general public for input.
July 3, 2003 Construction Request for Proposal released to six competing construction firms. Return Bid Proposals due August 6, 2003.
June 9, 2003 AFMF Board approved Memorial 100% Design Review.
April 8, 2003 District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office concurs with the finding of "no adverse effect," with respect to District of Columbia properties.
March 28, 2003 The Department of Defense Washington Headquarters Services announces that an Environmental Assessment for the Air Force Memorial is available for public review and comment until May 5, 2003.
March 20, 2003 Commission of Fine Arts unanimously approves the new design of the Air Force Memorial at the Navy Annex, Arlington, VA.
March 12, 2003 National Capital Planning Commission unanimously approves the new conceptual design of the Air Force Memorial at the Navy Annex, Arlington, VA.
March 5, 2003 Air Force Memorial Foundation officially unveiled the new Air Force Memorial design.
February 17, 2003 FAA officially determined that the AF Memorial would not be a "hazard to air navigation."
September 24, 2002 AFMF formally notifies DoD that the Foundation now has sufficient funds to commence construction of the Air Force Memorial.
September 18, 2002 AFMF Board approved decision to notify DoD that Foundation now has sufficient funds to commence construction of the Air Force Memorial.
September 18, 2002 AFMF Board approved Memorial 60% Design Review.
April 3, 2002 AFMF selects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners to design the new Air Force Memorial.
March 12, 2002 The five architectural firms of Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, CA; Morphosis of Santa Monica, CA; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York, NY; Urban Instruments of Newton, MA; and the Washington-Alexandria Center for Architecture of Alexandria, VA selected to compete for Air Force Memorial design.
December 28, 2001 President Bush signs Defense Authorization Bill, which in part directs the DoD to make available to the Air Force Memorial Foundation up to three acres of the Naval Annex property for use as the location for the Air Force Memorial.
Oct - Dec 2001 House and Senate conferees discuss AFM alternate site at Navy Annex as possible amendment to 2002 Defense Authorization Bill.
October 2001 AFMF Board acknowledges realization for relocation of the AFM. Factors considered by the Board: 1) cost of additional litigation, 2) the lengthy time required to build at Arlington ridge, and 3) the realization that the total project may be in jeopardy if another five-year extension were necessary.
June 2001 AFMF Board of Trustees votes to delete the interior Memorial Center for the Arlington Ridge site. Board decision based primarily on difficulty to maintain currency of the technology being proposed, safety and security concerns and the long-term upkeep responsibility.
October 2000 DoD proposes (in coordination with the AFMF) congressional legislation offering an alternate site at Navy Annex to AFMF.
October 13, 2000 President signs HR 4583. Air Force Memorial enabling legislation OFFICIALLY extended into December 2005.
October 3, 2000 The Senate joins the House and votes unanimously to extend the Air Force Memorial enabling legislation.
September 14, 2000 The House approves a five-year extension to the Air Force Memorial's enabling legislation (House Resolution 4583) with a unanimous vote of 393 – 0.
May 7, 1999 The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit which had been filed by a group known as the "Friends of Iwo Jima." In an opinion written by Chief Judge Wilkinson, the Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court Judge's conclusion that the law was followed in approving the Arlington Ridge site.
March 4, 1999 The Friends of Iwo Jima's, et al, appeal against the June 15, 1998, summary judgment was heard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA. A formal decision may be rendered within seven weeks.
March 3, 1999 Second public comment meeting held by National Park Service regarding the Environmental Assessment.
February 17, 1999 Public comment meeting held by National Park Service regarding the Environmental Assessment.
February 2, 1999 National Park Service announces the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed Air Force Memorial in an area known as Arlington Ridge Park. EA will remain available for public comment through March 22, 1999.
October 1998 Senator Warner proposes possible alternate site for Air Force Memorial (AFM) at Navy Annex.
October 1998 With the adjournment of the 105th Congress, the proposed bills submitted by Senator Roberts and Congressman Solomon expired.
July 29, 1998 The Friends of Iwo Jima, et al, filed an appeal against the June 15, 1998, summary judgement.
June 15, 1998 The civil suit filed against the Air Force Memorial Foundation was dismissed in a summary judgment.  In the ruling, United States District Judge Albert V. Bryan, Jr., dismissed the civil action, which was filed by the Friends of Iwo Jima and Rep. Gerald B. H. Solomon (R-NY) against the Air Force Memorial Foundation and several government agencies.
February 11, 1998 Congressman Solomon introduced second bill to prohibit Air Force Memorial construction but add authorization of appropriation up to $1,500,000 for site specific design expenses.
December 17, 1997 The National Park Service hosted a Public Comment Meeting on the initial Air Force Memorial Subarea Plan for Arlington Ridge area.
December 17, 1997 Initial Memorial interior design concept presented to Air Force Memorial Foundation Site & Design Committee.
October 9, 1997 Senator Roberts (R-KS) introduced bill to prohibit the construction of any monument, memorial, or other structure at the site of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA, and for other purposes.
October 7, 1997 Air Force Memorial Foundation testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks & Public Lands.
September 18, 1997 Air Force Memorial Foundation consulted with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. on design services for the Memorial interior.
September 18, 1997 Air Force Memorial Site Dedication Ceremony.
September 16, 1997 Friends of Iwo Jima and the Honorable Gerald B.H. Solomon filed a Temporary Restraining Order as well as declaratory and injunctive relief to prohibit the location, construction or erecting of an Air Force Memorial in Iwo Jima Park.
September 11, 1997 Air Force Memorial Foundation testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Parks, Historic Preservation and Recreation.
September 4, 1997 Air Force Memorial Foundation consulted with EDAW, Inc. on design services for the Arlington Ridge subarea plan.
July 30, 1997 Congressman Solomon (R-NY) introduced bill to prohibit the construction of any monument, memorial or other structure at the site of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA, and for other purposes.
July 9, 1997 Briefed Friends of Iwo Jima group on Air Force Memorial project.
August 9, 1996 Briefed senior leadership of Marine Corps on the design concept for the Air Force Memorial. No objections raised.
July 31, 1996 Briefed U.S. Marine Corps Historical Foundation on the design concept for the Air Force Memorial. No objections raised.
March 1996 Fund raising campaign initiated and design work proceeds.
March 1996  Air Force Memorial design unanimously approved by the National Capital Planning Commission.
February 1996 Air Force Memorial design unanimously approved by the Commission of Fine Arts.
May 1995 Air Force Memorial Foundation consulted with its design firm, Pei Cobb Freed Architects, on site-specific design for Air Force Memorial.
May 1995 The National Capital Planning Commission voted to reconsider its October 1994 disapproval and unanimously approved the site, based on agreed-to parameters.
Oct. 1994 - May 1995 The Air Force Memorial Foundation, working with the National Park Service and the National Capital Planning Commission, developed specific parameters for a memorial design on the proposed Arlington Ridge site.
October 1994 The National Capital Planning Commission initially voted no on site approval.
September 1994 The Commission on Fine Arts granted site approval for the Arlington Ridge location.
March 1994 The National Capital Memorial Commission granted site approval for the Arlington Ridge location.
February 1994 Before seeking Commission approval for Arlington Ridge site, notified senior Marine Corps leadership. No objections raised.
Jan-March 1994 Air Force Memorial Foundation Site & Design Committee surveyed 18 possible sites with the assistance of the National Park Service.
December 1993 Public Law 103-163 authorizing the Air Force Memorial is signed by President Bill Clinton. This started a 7-year process, which requires adequate funds and building permits to be secured by December 2000.
November 1993 Enabling legislation passed by both houses of Congress to authorize construction of an Air Force Memorial on federal land.
August 1992  Air Force Memorial Foundation is granted 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation.
January 1992 Air Force Memorial Foundation is incorporated to pursue the development of an Air Force Memorial designed to honor the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the United States Air Force and its predecessors, such as the Army Air Corps.