Army Engineer History Display at the Pentagon

Army Engineers: Service in War and Peace

Since 1775 Army Engineers have been an integral part of the Army and have also played a vital role in the development of the United States. To help convey that important historical message, the Chief of Engineers asked the Office of History in Headquarters USACE to design an Army Engineer history display to be installed in the Pentagon.

The thematic panels of the first installment of the historical display.
Click on individual panels to see close-up versions or see the entire panel in a medium or large format.


The Office of History and its contractors recently installed the first part of that display on the first floor of the Pentagon, Apex 3/4. The exhibit, which is on the Pentagon tour route, is designed to showcase Army Engineer history to the greater Department of Defense community. The primary exhibit case provides an overview of the history of the Engineer Regiment and how it evolved to reflect the needs of the Army and nation it served. The exhibit’s thematic panels begin with the engineers’ mission on the battlefield which then, over the next two centuries, expanded to include Military Construction, Civil Works, Emergency Operations, and Education and Research. A second element of the exhibit, to be installed adjacent to the Office of the Chief of Engineers, will showcase more contemporary activities of military and civilian engineers.

Men installing panels in wall cases   Men install panels in glass cases   Men installing panels in wall cases with ladders
completed installation of panels in wall cases   panorama of panels installed in wall cases


~ Office of History, Oct. 2020