Cody Firearms Museum staff
Meet the staff of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Curator Warren Newman and Curatorial Assistant Dan Brumley.
Robert W. Woodruff Curator, Cody Firearms Museum
Warren Newman is a retired U. S. Navy Captain (O – 6) who holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University, a Master’s Degrees from TCU and Duke University, and was a Rotary Foundation International Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His collegiate degrees have all been awarded with highest honors, and he received the distinction of being awarded his Master’s from Duke University Summa Cum Laude by unanimous faculty action. He has also received advanced management and organizational development training from the National Training Laboratories of Washington, D.C., from Pennsylvania State University, and from Stanford University.
A recipient of numerous academic, civic, and athletic honors, he began his career as an ordained Protestant clergyman and has served as the senior minister of churches in Texas and Alabama, simultaneously achieving national recognition as a motivational speaker for the conventions and conferences of many major civic, professional, and fraternal organizations.
Called to active duty in the U.S. Navy in 1961, Newman was subsequently deployed at sea in destroyer escorts, destroyers, guided missile destroyers, and an attack aircraft carrier in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Western Pacific areas of operation. He also served with U.S. Marines in the fabled Sixth Regiment of the Second Marine Division.
Because of his managerial and organizational skills, Newman was frequently used outside his chaplain designator. He was an Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Projects at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, developing and conducting leadership-training programs for both military staff and midshipmen. He later served as a faculty member and specialist in Executive Development at the National Defense University (National War College; Industrial College of the Armed Forces) in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities there included the design and implementation of courses in the area of national security policy formulation, the training of faculty, and the teaching and evaluation of courses. The Executive Fitness Program that he developed is still considered to be the definitive model for military programs of physical fitness throughout the nation.
During the Vietnam War, the Secretary of Defense selected Newman to be a Special Consultant to the Office of the Science Advisor of the Military Assistance Command, Republic of Vietnam, where he also served as Chief of the Socio-Psychological Team on General Creighton Abrams’ inter-service Long-Range Planning Task Group, participating in strategic planning and a variety of civic-action and combat operations. His eleven military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He is the author of a number of military training manuals and professional papers in cross-cultural communications, leadership, and executive development. Specifically in the firearms field, he holds the Navy Expert Pistol Medal and graduated as an Expert Pistol Shot from the prestigious Chapman Academy of Practical Shooting. He is certified by the National Rifle Association as an instructor for Pistol, Rifle, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection courses, which he has conducted at the Cody Shooting Complex.
Prior to assuming a staff position at the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Newman served for over four years as a volunteer research assistant and firearms cataloguer and for the subsequent two years as the curatorial assistant of the Firearms Museum. After serving for fifteen months as the Interim Curator of the CFM, and more than a two year period as Curator of a major 2003 Exhibition, Colt: The Legacy of a Legend, he resumed his position as curatorial assistant. He had previously served for four years as a Director and Vice President of the Eastern Shore Art Association, a Fairhope, Alabama, art museum and academy, resulting in a total of more than nineteen years of experience in the museum field. After an extensive nationwide search, Newman was selected and became the Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on October 1, 2009.
In addition to being a life-long student of firearms history and technology, Newman has won competitive honors in scuba diving, handball, and international collegiate fencing. Always active in community and civic affairs, he has served as President of the Board of Directors of a Florida industrial organization, of a Texas school for exceptional children, and of the Newport Navy Flying Club. He also served as a Director of a Texas financial institution, and of a Dallas (Oak Cliff) Chamber of Commerce.
Ashley Lynn Hlebinsky
Phone: (307) 578-4048
Ashley Lynn Hlebinsky has spent the past six years accruing a combination of hands-on experiences, research fellowships, internships, and museum employment focusing around the study of firearms. A Pittsburgh native and former competitive ballroom dancer, Ashley had her first experience working with firearms in a museum context through a curatorial internship with the Soldiers and Sailors National Memorial Hall in her hometown. She completed a B.A. and M.A. in American History and Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, where she furthered her knowledge by teaching the weapons portion of an undergraduate military history survey course. Over the past three years, she has been working between the Cody Firearms Museum and the National Firearms Collection, National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In Cody, she has served as a Buffalo Bill Research Fellow, publishing and presenting on the perception of firearms in popular culture, a Kinnucan Arms Chair Grant Recipient, studying the role of women in the industry, an intern, a firearms assistant, Curatorial Resident, and now the Assistant Curator. She has worked closely with Curator Warren Newman, on several exhibits, including the most recent installation of the Raymond Wielgus art gun collection. Her biggest collaboration between Cody and DC was the Smithsonian loan exhibition, Journeying West: Distinctive Firearms from the Smithsonian Institution. Working with Newman and Smithsonian Curator David Miller, she was instrumental in the selection of firearms, written text, design and public relations surrounding the loan. Her work with the Cody Firearms Museum has been featured by the NRA Third Century and can be viewed on their website.
Curatorial Assistant, Cody Firearms Museum
Daniel Brumley has been the Curatorial Assistant for the Cody Firearms Museum since December 2010. He provides firearms information and/or identification services to those who desire to know what gun they have and general information about their gun.
Brumley is a retired sergeant with over thirty-three years of law-enforcement experience. During his career, he served as weapons instructor for twenty-four years, department gunsmith/armorer for twenty-one years, and SWAT sniper for nineteen years. Brumley was also part of the adjunct faculty of his local community college for twenty-four years.
As a competitive shooter, Brumley has won honors in handgun and rifle. He continues to study the history of firearms and the techniques used in their production.