Supporting Organizations




Smithsonian Institution

On September 19, 2014 the US Committee of the Blue Shield and the Smithsonian Institution entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection and preservation of cultural sites, monuments and objects from harm during armed conflict and natural disaster and for the restoration of those that have been damaged. The two organizations also agreed to work collaboratively to carry out programs for training members of the armed forces of the U.S. and other nations in the law of armed conflict, as it pertains to protection and preservation of tangible cultural heritage during armed conflict and natural disasters; to compile information concerning tangible cultural heritage located in conflict and disaster zones; and to share expertise and best practices on the diverse range of topics that affect preservation and protection of tangible cultural heritage during armed conflict and natural disaster. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. From humble beginnings and a handful of members in 1972, AIC has grown to over 3,500 conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world, all of whom have the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

On January 8, 2015, USCBS and the Archaeological Institute of America signed a Memorandum of Understanding, linking the two organizations in their efforts to protect and preserve cultural sites, monuments and objects from harm during armed conflict. The AIA promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity. In addition, they support archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology. The AIA strives to educate people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates for the preservation of the world's archaeological heritage.


North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC)

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures. NCPC supports proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness; conservation; and collection security. NCPC is committed to preserving tangible and intangible heritage for present and future generations.

Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA)

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is a listing of archaeologists who have agreed to abide by an explicit code of conduct and standards of research performance, who hold a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, art history, classics, history, or another germane discipline and who have substantial practical experience. Registration is a voluntary act that recognizes an individual's personal responsibility to be held accountable for their professional behavior. By formally acknowledging this relationship between personal actions and the wider discipline of archaeology, the act of registration is truly what sets the professional archaeologist apart from all others who are involved with or interested in archaeology.  Established in 1998, the Register provides the mechanism for the easy identification of Registered Professional Archaeologists (RPA) listed in a directory, published annually, and updated quarterly on the Register's Web site.

Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE)

Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage worldwide. The SAFE mission is to raise public awareness about the irreversible damage that results from looting, smuggling and trading illicit antiquities. SAFE promotes respect for the laws and treaties that enable nations to protect their cultural property and preserve humanity’s most precious non-renewable resource: the intact evidence of our undiscovered past. While many organizations focus on on-site preservation and academic research, SAFE centers on public awareness. Why? Because public awareness is the first step to giving voice to people of all walks of life. When that collective voice is heard, systemic change is possible. As the environmental movement has done, SAFE seeks to change minds and attitudes so that behaviors will change.

COCOM Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG)

The COCOM Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG) provides global operations, planning, training and reach back support that promotes Cultural Property Protection (CPP) during full spectrum operations for COCOM (Combatant Command) and Joint Force planners and engineers worldwide. CCHAG enhances military capacity by developing CPP training tools and support services to increase cultural awareness within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) at the senior leadership, command and tactical levels. CCHAG’s mission is provide necessary support to improve compliance with DoD’s cultural resources directives, instructions and regulations, as well as US law, host nation law and international laws and treaties that govern the protection of cultural property during military activities. Some members of the US military, recognized for their work to protect cultural property and have been hailed as Monuments Men and Women of Today »

Cultural Heritage by Archaeology and Military Panel (CHAMP)

The Cultural Heritage by Archaeology and Military Panel (CHAMP) is dedicated to improving awareness among deploying military personnel regarding the culture and history of local communities in host countries and war zones. Education and training of military personnel is a critical step in preserving and safeguarding historical sites and cultural artifacts and will promote greater understanding and improved relations with local communities.



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