Nimitz Foundation reveals plans for combat zone

THIS RENDERING shows what a renovated Pacific Combat Zone could look like in five years. The zone is part of the National Museum of the Pacific War and provides reenactments of Pacific World War II combat. — Admiral Nimitz Museum graphic

By Richard Zowie —

In five years, the Pacific Combat Zone could look completely different than it does today.

On Feb. 3, Admiral Nimitz Foundation CEO Gen. Mike Hagee presented the Fredericksburg City Council with a plan to renovate the zone.

In the Feb. 5 issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, the retired general had told the council they wanted to renovate the zone so that visitors would feel like they were “still at the National Museum of the Pacific War.”

According to Hagee, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Board and the Texas Historical Commission approved the concept of the Pacific Combat Zone renovation in 2012.

“We spent 2012 and the majority of 2013 developing the master plan,” he said. “We have briefed the master plan to the city staff, city council and chairman of the Texas Historical Commission.”

The project would be the first major renovation of the combat zone since 2001.

The master plan’s five phases are:

Phase 1: Renovation of the patrol torpedo boat and TBM (torpedo bomber manufactured by General Motors) exhibits, addition of visitor restrooms and addition of a new entrance on Austin Street.

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