Basic Training
Henrietta M. Snowden

In October 2001, the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Thomas E. White, designated Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as the site for the National Museum of the United States Army.

To honor and commemorate the future home of the museum, the Chief of Military History, Brigadier General John S. Brown, commissioned the U.S. Army Staff Artist, Master Sergeant Henrietta M. Snowden, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Museum Division, to create an illustrated book of Regular Army uniforms, 1775-2001. The book will be completed in June 2009, in time for the scheduled opening of the National Museum of the United States Army.

This special edition print series, Today's Soldier, serves as an introduction to the publication of the book and celebrates the Army's 227th birthday on 14 June 2002. The illustrations in this set depict contemporary Army activities beginning with Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 2001.

The print Basic Training, a watercolor and oil pastel painting, shows a young recruit maneuvering through a low crawl obstacle course.