On January 30, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation will host Kurt and Anne Muse, at 7 PM, in the Museum’s Yarborough Bank Theater. As the Museum closes out the 30th Anniversary of Operation Just Cause exhibit, Kurt and Anne Muse will provide an hour-long discussion of his experience as a POW for nine months in Panama’s Modelo Prison, and their family’s resiliency throughout his ordeal.
Online registration at https://bit.ly/2tJaNr9 is required to attend, as seating is limited for this free event.
Kurt Muse was raised and educated in Panama City, Panama. He has over 40 years of management and international business experience, 15 of those years spent overseas. After graduating from college in the U.S. and fulfilling his Army ROTC active duty obligations, Kurt returned to Panama and began his career in a family-owned printing-supply company. He was the General Manager and later Managing Director of his family’s enterprises, which had offices and affiliates throughout Central America.
From 1987-89, Kurt led a band of Panamanian patriots in a plot to overthrow General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the narco-military dictator of Panama. Kurt was betrayed and arrested and spent 9 months in the infamous Modelo Prison.
Under threat of imminent execution, a team of elite U.S. Army Special Operations forces landed on the roof of the prison, fought their way into the prison, and whisked him away in a daring rescue codenamed Acid Gambit.
Kurt is the author of the Six Minutes to Freedom, an exciting non-fiction treatise of his ordeals in Panama. His book has been optioned to produce a Netflix Series.
Anne Muse began working with Federal Government schools in 1974 as a teacher for the Panama Canal Zone, later assumed by the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. During the 1989 political uprising in Panama, she relocated with her children to Virginia, where she served as a specialist in Professional Development at the DoD Schools Headquarters Office.
Over the next 20 years, Anne led the implementation of numerous worldwide programs for teachers and instructional leaders, receiving the Spirit of Excellence Award-Level, the highest Award given by the Director of DoDEA.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which provides community outreach and conducts private and public fundraising to sustain the Museum’s mission, ongoing programs and future innovative exhibit development. Located in downtown Fayetteville, the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the Army Museum Enterprise and is managed by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
Courtesy photo of Kurt and Anne Muse.