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On May 13, 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission presented its report to President George W. Bush who then passed it on to Congress for action. BRAC's purpose was to review United States military installations to see if underused bases needed to be closed and others to be realigned with new missions. After the recommendations passed, the Secretary of Defense was required to start implementing the recommendations by September 15, 2007 and to complete them by September 15, 2011.

The Tiger II is hoisted onto a heavy duty trailer for its trip to Fort Benning.

As part of the BRAC recommendations, the Armor School at Fort Knox was to be moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, the Home of Infantry, so that both branches could train together for warfare in the 21st century. This new partnership is now called the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Because the Patton Museum collection was part of the Armor School and its curriculum, preparations began for the transportation of vehicles, weapons, artifacts and library to the south.

A train full of armored vehicles at the Fort Knox railhead before heading south.

Len Dyer, a former Marine armor officer, was named director of the Patton Museum and charged with the task of moving the vast collection to Fort Benning. On September 6, 2010, the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor was closed to prepare for the move and by April 2011 all items earmarked for removal had been sent to Fort Benning save for a few armor vehicles that would become part of the new museum.

The 1939 Cadillac Series 75 sedan in which Patton suffered his eventual fatal injury.

Chris Kolakowski was named the new director and the museum was renamed the General George Patton Museum of Leadership. Except for the gallery containing General Patton's personal artifacts, the museum was then closed for remodeling and the construction of exhibits. New lighting and walls were installed by contractors and along with the museum staff, the Patton Museum volunteers were instrumental in the development of some of the exhibits.

An M7 Priest SPG is portrayed backing into the well deck of an LST. The LST bow and doors was constructed by Patton Museum volunteer James Goodall.

Following the three year extensive remodel, the new museum was officially opened at a rededication ceremony held on June 14, 2013. At present the museum is comprised of General Patton's personal artifacts, mementos and equipment he used or collected during his lifetime along with exhibits illustrating the qualities of Army leadership through the years that uses history to teach leadership. The museum will also create a Patton Center of Leadership that will build on the training and education mission of the museum. Although the Army and Cadet Command's ROTC students and cadets are the museum's primary audience, the museum also serves as a vehicle for increasing the understanding of leadership as a concept in both military and civilian audiences across the public and private sectors. It will also complement and supplement leadership programs already occurring at other Army installations.

General Patton's famous portrait and medals on display in the center of the museum.

The museum is open with free admission to the public. It operates year-round Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST) and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST). The museum is closed on federal holidays.

The CCKW series 353 two-and-a-half ton command van used by General Patton was restored to its war-time condition by the museum staff and the Patton Museum volunteers.

The General George Patton Museum of Leadership is on Facebook.