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Learning Forum: 114th Fighter Wing

November 11, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This history presentation is led by Lt. Col. George A. Larson, USAF (Ret.). It covers World War II construction, the creation of the South Dakota Air National Guard, and its development from WWII aircraft to turbojet aircraft to the current F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Larson has published or contributed to many books and articles on military and aviation history. His book “South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing” will be available for purchase at the museum.

The event is included with museum admission - $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve your place.

In 1969, George Larson graduated from Iowa State University with a history degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He earned his master’s in history from the University of Stanislaus in 1978.

Larson served as a strategic intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Command and the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, Pacific Air Forces with an assignment with the Republic of South Korea Air Force, Alternate National Military Command Center, and Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

He had a career-broadening assignment as Commandant of Cadets with Air Training Command’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Iowa. While in the Air Force, he completed Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Naval War College, a Foreign Service Institute program on the Middle East, Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and specialized military courses required for his Air Force duties as an intelligence officer.

You can sit anywhere you like in our theater! The seating map is below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

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Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.