Dubois County Museum: NSWC Crane Commanding Officer to Speak During Special Veterans Day Program

The Dubois County Museum will welcome Captain Duncan McKay, Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to the museum for a Veterans Day program on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The museum will open at 10:00 a.m. Captain McKay will speak at 10:30 a.m. from NSWC Crane, his career and Veterans Day history.

Captain Duncan McKay assumed command of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) in July 2020. He is a native of Tampa, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida State University in 1996 and was commissioned an ensign in September 1992 after completing Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to the fast attack submarine USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) stationed in Groton, Connecticut in February 1998. His tour included deployments to the North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. In 2016, he was appointed Military Deputy for USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) Selected Restricted Availability in Yokosuka, Japan.

The museum is also adding to its military exhibit, including new items for the exhibit on the uniforms and equipment of soldiers from World War II and the Vietnam War. Also, recently donated to the museum and on display is the full United States Military Academy cadet uniform (three uniforms in fact) belonging to Jeff Balka, a 2005 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School. Balka received nominations from Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and State Representative Baron Hill and was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of 2009. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. His postings include Fort Drum, NY; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. Balka has also completed combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

Admission fees of $5 per adult, $3 for high school students, and $2 for elementary and high school students are charged. Visitors four and under are free. Current Dubois County Museum memberships receive free admission.

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