Major (Ret.) Corine Wegener founded USCBS in 2006, in response to the looting of the National Museum of Iraq.
The name “Blue Shield” comes from the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which specifies that a blue shield be the emblem for signifying protected cultural property. USCBS is one of over thirty national committees that are part of Blue Shield International (BSI).
The United States Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) is a charitable, non-governmental organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict and natural disaster. USCBS strives to protect movable and immovable tangible heritage, including museums, archives, libraries, monuments, and heritage sites, by providing awareness programs, advocating for implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention, and facilitating training for the armed forces, government agencies, heritage organizations, and the general public.