AHAC Quartermaster History : 1638 to Present
The AHAC Armorer and Quartermaster have provided support
to its mission, activities, and members since the "Military
Company of Massachusetts" was organized in 1637 (see
charter). Thirty-one individuals have served the Company
in this position. The duty and position of supporting the
members of the Company was originally performed by the armorer
and subsequently by the Quartermaster. The Quartermaster and
Armorer were initially appointed by the Company, but became
an elected staff position in 1860. The current Quartermaster
is the 19th individual elected to this position.
The AHAC Quartermaster is the senior elected staff officer
in the Company. He is supported by an appointed staff of one
Quartermaster Sergeant, and four assistants. The Quartermaster
is primarily responsible for the following:
1. Ensue Company Standards are maintained.
2. Equip AHAC members with required uniforms and equipment.
3. Support Company events.
4. Organize & Transport Company Equipment during the Fall
Field Day Tour of Duty.
For over the past 250 years members of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery have proudly worn its distinctive uniform. The current
uniform, adopted in 1937, is a continual reminder of the distinction
and honor its members have brought to parades,
ceremonies, and historical events throughout the World.
The proper wear of the AHAC Uniform, continues this tradition.
Each new member (see
membership) is to obtain the required uniform(s) within
six months of election to membership. The Quartermaster is
charged with assisting each member in meeting this requirement.
Detail information of uniform wear, procedures, protocol,
and supplier information is located on the member's page of
the AHAC Website and in the AHAC Training Manual. Be advised
most uniforms take in excess of two months to fabricate.
An extract of the applicable AHAC Rules & Regulations
and diagrams in the AHAC Uniform(s) is provided for each member's
use and information. The Quartermaster is willing and able
to support and assist your full participation in AHAC uniformed
events and activities.
I hope your time and experiences in the "Ancients"
will be meaningful and rewarding.
COL (MA) Lawrence A. Willwerth