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Conclusion to the AECBA’s assets transfer
Conclusion to the AECBA’s assets transfer

After closing their association’s bank accounts, Mrs. Lavenu, President, Mrs Chamard, CFO, along with Yves Chambon, member of the association, handed over to “Les Amis de La Martinerie”, a check corresponding to the AECBA’s assets at the time of the dissolution.

Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th, 2021: “les journées du patrimoine” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th, 2021: “les journées du patrimoine” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

If only few visitors came on Saturday (Sorry Marie and Michel but the photographer was not present), several small groups showed up on Sunday for the 2021 “journées du patrimoine” (2021 Heritage Days).

“Les Amis de la Martinerie” received the visit of Mrs. Georgine Sullivan
“Les Amis de la Martinerie” received the visit of Mrs. Georgine Sullivan

The new president of the Fresno-Châteauroux sister cities committee, Mrs. Georgine Sullivan, daughter of a US Air Force colonel, took some time to visit “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on the La Martinerie site, during her stay in Châteauroux.

News from the “Le Magenta” association
News from the “Le Magenta” association

Sponsor of one of “la maison departementale” rooms on the la Martinerie site, the “Le Magenta” association, regroups all the veterans and friends of the 90th Infantry Regiment (90ème RI), the historical regiment of our department.

A medal ceremony at La Martinerie
A medal ceremony at La Martinerie

Long time partners of “les Amis de La Martinerie”, Mr and Ms. PICOTY, CEOs of the transport company TPO, choose our premises for a medal ceremony honoring several of their employees, including one who had 40 years of service within their company (Actually, 43 years as of today, due to delays related to the recent lockdowns).

The AECBA is disbanded and legs all its assets to “les Amis de La Martinerie”
The AECBA is disbanded and legs all its assets to “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Created in 2008 by Michel Blanchandin, former IT employee, the goal of the AECBA was to maintain contacts between the former civilian employees on the US base (Anciens Employés Civils de la Base Américaine) of La Martinerie-Déols between 1951 and 1967.

Tuesday September 7th, 2021, two visits at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”
Tuesday September 7th, 2021, two visits at “Les Amis de La Martinerie”

Scheduled more than a year ago and postponed because of restrictions due to COVID, the visit of the association “Nouvel Age BULL” of retirees from the BULL company (now ATOS) took place Tuesday, September 7th AM.

“Les Amis de La Martinerie” present at the 2021 Chateauroux non-profit organizations gathering
“Les Amis de La Martinerie” present at the 2021 Chateauroux non-profit organizations gathering

Organized by the city of Châteauroux, this gathering gave an opportunity to non-profit organizations to meet with their public, after a particularly difficult year.

Aérocentre’s visit to “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Aérocentre’s visit to “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Aérocentre, a regional center of excellence funded in 2009 to perpetuate, develop and organize the aeronautical industry in the Centre-Val de Loire region had its board of directors meeting on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, within “les Amis de La Martinerie” premises.

A delegation from “Les Amis de La Martinerie” on a mission to Bourges
A delegation from “Les Amis de La Martinerie” on a mission to Bourges

Always looking for documents and items about “La Martinerie”, a delegation from our association, Daniel, Jean-Jacques, Martial, Philippe and Roland, went to the “Musée du Matériel et de la Maintenance” to consult, record and photograph various documents from the museum archives about CISM and ESMAT.

A successful “garden party” for “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A successful “garden party” for “les Amis de La Martinerie”

The association’s annual “garden party” was held on Saturday, August 28th, in the Saint-Août outdoor hall, thanks to Mr Lambilliotte, city Mayor and the Saint-Août city council.

A centenarian from the Indre section of the “Légion d’honneur” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A centenarian from the Indre section of the “Légion d’honneur” at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

At the request of the president of the members of the “Légion d’honneur” society of Châteauroux, “les Amis de La Martinerie" hosted on Tuesday, august 17th, the 100th birthday of Joseph Bayle, knight of the “Légion d’honneur”.

A new treasure hunt in English
A new treasure hunt in English

Passionate about the history associated with the presence of Americans in the Indre department, Samuel EXLEY, director of the local school "Les Trobadors", has created a unique treasure hunt in English, that brings to light the various places frequented by the Americans around Châteauroux and the “La Martinerie” base.

Visit of Mr François Schmitt from the Indre department’s DSDEN
Visit of Mr François Schmitt from the Indre department’s DSDEN

At the invitation of the “Les Amis de La Martinerie”’s President, Mr François SCHMITT, responsible of the youth, sports, community life and city politics services, and the “Service National Universel**” departmental program visited our premises on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.

Signature of an agreement between the "Amis de La Martinerie", J.François Delinot and the AECBA
Signature of an agreement between the "Amis de La Martinerie", J.François Delinot and the AECBA

It is with great pleasure that Jean-Jacques Bérenguier, president of "les Amis de La Martinerie", welcomed Françoise Lavenu, president of the AECBA (Association of Former Civilian Employees of the American Base) and Jean-François Delinot, owner of the photographic rights of the photos taken by the eponymous studio during the American presence in the Indre department.

The UNC of Saint-Maur visits "les Amis de La Martinerie"
The UNC of Saint-Maur visits "les Amis de La Martinerie"

It is at the request of Christian Retailleau, president of the UNC of Saint Maur, that "les Amis de La Martinerie" welcomed 37 of the 145 members of the UNC (National Union of Combatants) of Saint Maur (one of the most important section of the department), on Saturday July 17 morning for a visit of the departmental house of the military memory on the site of La Martinerie.

An exceptional and precious gift for “les Amis de La Martinerie”
An exceptional and precious gift for “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Official painter of the Army, and member of “les Amis de La Martinerie”, Olivier Jarraud decided to offer us one of his watercolors entitled "Garde d’honneur (Guard of honor) de Châteauroux.

This guard was placed at the entrance of the office of the association to ensure the security.

 

The Prefect of the Indre department is visiting “les Amis de La Martinerie”
The Prefect of the Indre department is visiting “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Scheduled a while ago, the visit of Mr Stéphane Bredin, prefect of the Indre department, finally occurred on Tuesday, July 6th 2021.
Pleasantly surprised by the size of our building, the quantity and the quality of the items displayed in the different showrooms, Mr Bredin acknowledged the work and commitment of our association’s volunteers to the creation of such a unique place of remembrance in our department.

A Franco-British project with “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A Franco-British project with “les Amis de La Martinerie”

“Les Amis de La Martinerie” are now partners on a project initiated by Sheila Witherington, moderator of the Facebook page "Américans love Châteauroux-Déols", and Samuel Exley, founder and director of "Les Trobadors", a school based in Argenton-sur-Creuse, with branches in both Le Blanc and Châteauroux.

Annual spring cleaning at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Annual spring cleaning at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

On Thursday, June 24th, took place our annual cleaning of “la maison départementale de la mémoire militaire”

Patrons Saint’s day
Patrons Saint’s day

A straightforward Patrons Saint’s day with a fair attendance despite numerous people apologizing, via email or on the phone, for not being able to attend. An overall warm and convivial event.
A thought for all of our adherents who passed away this year and for these who are suffering either at home or at the hospital.

Operation “Secrets de fabrique  / Trade secrets” starts at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
Operation “Secrets de fabrique  / Trade secrets” starts at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

In accordance with governmental safety guidelines, “les Amis de La Martinerie welcomed their first group of visitors as part of operation “Secrets de fabrique / Trade secrets”, event initiated by the “Agence d’Attractivité de L’Indre”. Two more visits are scheduled for Wednesday August, 25th and Wednesday October 6th from 2:30PM to 4:30PM.

The Indre DASEN is visiting “Les amis de la Martinerie”
The Indre DASEN is visiting “Les amis de la Martinerie”

At our invitation, Mr Jean-Paul Obéllianne, “Directeur Académique des Services de l’Education Nationale” (DASEN, the local representative of the Secretary of Education) came to visit “La maison départementale de la mémoire militaire” on the “La Martinerie” site to learn more about our project of hosting middle school students in our association; a program already validated by his predecessor and experienced by Laurent Renaudet, a social studies teacher at the Beaulieu Middle School of Châteauroux.

The interns from the 222nd session of the IHEDN are visiting the “La Martinerie” base
The interns from the 222nd session of the IHEDN are visiting the “La Martinerie” base

Staying In Châteauroux from May 18th - 21st , 2021, the interns of the 222nd session of the ’Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN - Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence) visited “les Amis de La Martinerie” on Thursday, May 20th.

A new covenant for a flag
A new covenant for a flag

On Monday, Mai 10th, 2021, the President and Roland de Vassoigne welcomed Mr Marcel Chatain in the Saint-Août town hall, to sign, in presence of Patrick Lambilliotte mayor of Saint-Août and member of “Les Amis de La Martinerie”, the covenant related to the donation of the flag of the deported workers from the city of Neuvy-Pailloux.

A new donation to “Les Amis de La Martinerie”
A new donation to “Les Amis de La Martinerie”

After reading, on the Friday, April 30th edition of “La Nouvelle République” (A local newspaper), about the donation of several weapons to our association by the city of Montierchaume, a lady from Issoudun decided to donate hers.

The director of the Indre Department’s archives services is visiting our association’s premises
The director of the Indre Department’s archives services is visiting our association’s premises

As a new resident of the Indre Department, the director of the Department’s archives services, Mme Lucie Dorsy visited “Les Amis de La Martinerie” ‘s premises on Wednesday, April 28th 2021.

A new flag at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A new flag at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

Discovered during the renovation of the city hall, this venerable flag from a local veteran’s association was handed over to us on Wednesday April 28th, 2021 by Mr Marc Descouraux, Mayor of Etrechet.

A donation from the Mayor of the city of Montierchaume
A donation from the Mayor of the city of Montierchaume

At the invitation of Mr Michel LENGLET, Mayor of Montierchaume, the president of “Les Amis de La Martinerie“ ended up in the Montierchaume city hall to sign a peculiar donation document.

With the approval of the city council, the Mayor of Montierchaume donated 4 riffles which were previously displayed on the walls of the city hall.

Moving the EBR – “Les Amis de La Martinerie” and the ARVMC working hand in hand
Moving the EBR – “Les Amis de La Martinerie” and the ARVMC working hand in hand

In order to secure the access to our association’s premises, there was a urgent need to establish a new entrance, eventually from the Beaumont way.

 

A new intern at “les Amis de La Martinerie”
A new intern at “les Amis de La Martinerie”

At the request of the Graduate Center of Châteauroux’s director, les Amis de La Martinerie are welcoming, for a one-month unpaid internship, a 3rd year LEA student who is planning to later work in marketing.

The plaque commemorating the presence of the US troops on the “La Martinerie” base is back.
The plaque commemorating the presence of the US troops on the “La Martinerie” base is back.

Made out of bronze, and doomed to eventually disappear, this commemorative plaque offered by the US Air Force to the people of the Indre department was moved to a new location.

Le Directeur de l’A2i en visite chez les Amis de La Martinerie
Le Directeur de l’A2i en visite chez les Amis de La Martinerie

On Wednesday, March 31st, the new director of the Attractivity Agency of the Indre department (A²i), Thierry Bluet along with Sophie Demoget, executive assistant, visited our premises.

A peculiar 2021 annual general meeting
A peculiar 2021 annual general meeting

Organized in an unusual context, the association’s annual general meeting proceeded without any issues, in presence of Florence Petipez, member of our association and representing both Serge Descout, member of our association, president of the Indre Department council and Gil Avérous, member of our association, President of “Châteauroux Métropole” and Mayor of Châteauroux. Christian Bodin, director of the SETEC and President of the “Agence d’Attractivité de l’Indre” also attended the meeting this year.

Visit from Saint Michel middle school students
Visit from Saint Michel middle school students

Welcomed by Dominique, students from the vocational section of Saint Michel middle school along with brother Clément, visited our premises on Thursday, March 25th as part of their history class.

“Les Amis de La Martinerie” ’s EBR (Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle) has been deactivated
“Les Amis de La Martinerie” ’s EBR (Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle) has been deactivated

In accordance to the regulation associated with the donation of such vehicle, we had to get the EBR’s gun deactivated by welding its breech.
It is Thierry Gommet, from the “Banc National d’Epreuve de Saint-Etienne”, an agency certified by the French government for weapon’s deactivation, who performed that decommissioning. We would like to thank him for his advices.

February 2021, many donations to “Les Amis de la Martinerie”
February 2021, many donations to “Les Amis de la Martinerie”

After Didier Patureau de Mirand’s visit to donate the uniform of his uncle, captain Raoul Patureau-Mirand, killed in air combat over la Charité sur Loire, we received several family heirlooms from Michel Pirodeau (The oldest items dating back to 1830).

Photo exhibition of the Facebook page “Chateauroux Photos d’hier”
Photo exhibition of the Facebook page “Chateauroux Photos d’hier”

Jean-Christophe Vernet, initiator and host of this Facebook page informed us that the foreseen exhibition of photos of the Châteauroux of yesteryear will start Wednesday, March 3rd , at the “Office de tourisme de Châteauroux”, place de la République.
As promised, we will be there with him to evoke Châteauroux’s rich military history and we thank him for his trust and support in the preparation of this event.

02/19/2021 Just an ordinary Friday at “La Martinerie”
02/19/2021 Just an ordinary Friday at “La Martinerie”

Our volunteers working on several construction sites, on Friday February 19th, 2021.
For information: we are actively looking for more panels and insolation materials or financial donation to purchase them. Please, do not hesitate to share the information.

The Indre Prefect decorates two of “Les Amis de La Martinerie” ’s volunteers
The Indre Prefect decorates two of “Les Amis de La Martinerie” ’s volunteers

In December 2020, Philippe Dubois and Michel Heu received an official letter from the Indre Prefect noticing them that they were awarded the “Médaille de Bronze de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de l’Engagement associative”, a medal recognizing individuals with more than 6 years of volunteering in local non-governmental associations.

Sylvain Schuler is visiting “La Martinerie”
Sylvain Schuler is visiting “La Martinerie”

Partner of “Les Amis de la Martinerie” since the creation of the association, Sylvain Schuller, CEO of Art Elec, visited our premises on Friday, February 5th to support our team of volunteers and check with Phillipe our work in progress before we apply for a building regulations compliance certificate.

Start of the insulation work
Start of the insulation work

Using the 80 insulation sheets donated by Mr. and Ms. PICOTY, CEOs of the transport company TPO (Pictures 1 & 2), to whom we would like to address our sincere gratitude for their gift, our volunteers started the insulation of the attic and the building 001’s bathrooms

Bientôt de nouveaux drapeaux chez les Amis de La Martinerie
Bientôt de nouveaux drapeaux chez les Amis de La Martinerie

Pour éviter une recherche fastidieuse et préparer les fiches de présentation des futurs drapeaux devant être exposés, les Amis de La Martinerie recherchent l’origine des 4 blasons, certainement communaux, placés au centre de celui ci-dessous.

Finalization of the donation of a TP3 to “Les Amis de la Martinerie”
Finalization of the donation of a TP3 to “Les Amis de la Martinerie”

It is on Wednesday January 6th, 2021, that occurred the signature ceremony for the donation by Philippe et Sylviane, 2 members of our association, of a TP3 to “Les Amis de la Martinerie”.

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Editorial from the president

Since june 30, 2012, and after the dissolution of the 517th Train Regiment, the military vocation of the site La Martinerie as ceased.

To remember and do not forget that presence, 1915/2012, a small group of ancient people of the site La Martinerie decided to envolved themself, in order to perpetuate the memory of those, civilian and military, french, american (carrier or called, active or reserve) who served on the base, as far as their supporters.

President of the Agglomeration Community of Châteauroux (CAC) and members of the community council have agreed to make available to us on 20 february 2014 building 001 (the workers masters) and 002 (old boiler) to permit the creation of a memorial on this site. On Friday, october 17 2014, we met Gil Averous, president of this CAC and mayor of Châteauroux, in the presence of Michel Blondeau, mayor of Déols, in front of about 200 members and friends and more or less 20 flags to sign a emphyteutic lease, 50 years for buldings 001 and 002.

On Saturday october 3, 2015, we have celebrated the centenary of creation of the base « La Martinerie » in front of about 30 flags and more or less 200 members or guests.

With the support of a local communities, partners companies, of our association and the exceptional availability of our volontary to carry out (more than 20 000 of volonteer working hours) we can reasonably consider that the inauguration of our Memory House will be during the first semester of 2021.

This web site is yours, make it live forward it to your knowledge, the more we are, the more we can acheive the objectives of the association.

A great thanks to those who invest themself since the begining of this adventure or later on. Also thanks to those who keep the association alive, either on the board, either to welcome visitors, other people or to animate our website.

A last thanks to our donor members and to our 430 loyal members who support the creation of this Memory House, so as not to forget every one who came before us.

Jean-Jacques BERENGUIER

Building 001

Last update : 2021/02/04

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