The AAF Tank Museum's mission is to collect, restore, display and preserve as many Tank and Cavalry artifacts as is possible. To preserve the memories of the men and women so that present and future generations will have available to them a significant part of military history to learn from and explore. The AAF Tank Museum's purpose is to educate the general public as to the sacrifices made by so many military men and women. To teach about these sacrifices through the illustrations of war and its weapons. To increase the public's awareness to the realities of war and serves as a reminder about those who were lost or missing in war or conflict.
The AAF Tank Museum is a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. Before 1981 some of the artifacts that make up the AAF Tank Museum was a private collection belonging to Mr. William Gasser. Mr. Gasser felt that his collection would be beneficial in educating present and future generations to the sacrifices made and the technologies gained during war. Therefore, in 1981 the AAF Tank Museum was established as a non-profit charitable organization, and Mr. Gasser's donated his private collection to the Tank Museum. Mr. Gasser is still active as Volunteer Director and Curator of the Tank Museum and his knowledge of military history has been a great asset to the museum.