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SLIDESHOW -- Patton Museum reopens with new emphasis on leadership

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FORT KNOX, KY. (WDRB) -- The Patton Museum at Fort Knox has reopened, with a new emphasis on lessons in Army leadership.

The facility is now known as the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership.  Its rededication comes after a three-year, $5 million overhaul.

The museum features interactive displays that tell stories of Army leadership from 1775 to the present day.  It's designed to let tourists and students of military history know how leadership has changed the world.

It also features artifacts from General Patton's collection. On September 11 of this year, it will receive a fire truck used to respond to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on the same date in 2001.

The museum is also meant to support instruction for the U.S. Army Cadet Command.  Thousands of cadets visit Fort Knox each year for training and coursework.

The museum was once about the history of tanks.

But after the U.S. Armor School moved from Fort Knox to Georgia, because of base realignment, the museum now has a new focus.

Many of the exhibits can interact with visitors' cell phones and i-Pads.

In one case you can take a superimposed picture, and put yourself in it," explains museum director Chris Kolakowski, "and then take a picture with General Patton; these are the types of things that really set this museum apart."

While the museum especially appeals to members of the military and to veterans, there is something here for just about everyone.

"Every walk of life, every industry we have in America, involves leadership," says the commanding general of Fort Knox, Major General Jeff Smith, "and there is no better example of leadership than General Patton."

General George S. Patton, Jr. was born in 1885.  He fought during World War I where he became known as an expert in tank warfare.  During World War II, Patton led troops to victory in the invasion of Sicily.  After D-Day, he led the 3rd U.S. Army across France and into Germany, helping liberate the country from the Nazis.

Patton broke his neck in a car crash in German in December of 1945.  He died 12 days later.

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