Maturango display honors WACOM

Maturango  display honors  WACOMShown receiving a farewell gift in 1945, Kay Burroughs, wife of the Naval Ordnance Test Station’s first commanding officer, suggested the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Commissioned Officers’ Mess — U.S. Navy photo

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The Maturango Museum has opened a new display in its Argus Room that offers the history of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Commissioned Officers’ Mess (now known only by its acronym) at China Lake.

WACOM began in 1945 and is still going strong 73 years later.

“The organization was started by the military and civilian wives at China Lake to provide camaraderie, community services and to welcome newcomers to the area,” said a spokesperson.

Today, WACOM is open to any woman in the valley, and membership is around 130 individuals. WACOM raises money, mainly through the volunteer-operated Thrift Shop on base, and uses this money to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Fund and local charities and nonprofits.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding major holidays.

Story First Published: 2019-01-11