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  • Abn & Spec Ops Museum News & Events Update

    *The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 23. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, March 25.

    *Thursday, March 27th at 2pm: Stephen L. Wright, author of "The Last Drop: Operation Varsity, March 24-25, 1945," will give a presentation on his new book. Following the presentation, Wright will sign copies of his book, which is available in the museum gift shop. If you are unable to attend, but would like a signed copy, email the gift shop at giftshop... Full Article
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    Here’s what’s happening at the ASOM in the coming months:

    -Unfortunately, the Roger Hall presentation and book signing scheduled for Saturday, May 17th has been canceled. Mr. Hall is having some health problems, but hopes to reschedule his event later in the year. Please keep him in your thoughts.

    -On Saturday, May 24th, artist Fred Rothenbush will sign copies of his print "That's What Heroes Do." The print features the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade in the assault into the Sangin River Valley in Afghanistan. "That's What Heroes Do" is available in the gift shop. If you would like to see the print or buy one, you may contact the gift shop at giftshop@asomf.org or 910-643-2781.

    -The museum will be open for Memorial Day on Monday, May 26 from 10am – 5pm.

    -The ASOM Foundation will hold its first 5K run/walk on Saturday, June 7th at
    8:30am. The proceeds support the museum’s educational programs and activities. The ASOMF 5K Run/Walk is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. The race begins and ends on the garden side of the museum. Online registration is available at www.active.com, which will also accept donations to the ASOMF. Registration is also available at the museum or by mail. If you would like an entry form, or if you would like to volunteer, email kcage@asomf.org.

    - The museum will be open on Friday, July 4th from 10am – 5pm.

    -The ASOM’s annual National Airborne Day celebration will be on Saturday, August 9th. The schedule of activities will be available in the news section of
    www.asomf.org once it has been finalized. Past activities included: freefall
    parachute demonstrations, performances by the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus and Band, World War II re-enactors, and displays of equipment and vehicles currently used by Army airborne and special operations soldiers.

    - The museum’s current special exhibit “OSS: The Office of Strategic Services” will remain on display through mid-October 2008.
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      *Sunday, August 24th at 3pm: Lieutenant General (Retired) William “Jerry” Boykin will be at the museum for a presentation and book signing. LTG(R) Boykin will speak about his 36-year military career that included assignments with Delta Force and Special Forces in the museum’s 244-seat theater. Following the presentation, he will sign copies of his autobiography “Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom,” which will be available in the gift shop. If you would like a signed copy, but won’t be able to attend the event, please contact the gift shop at giftshop@asomf.org or (910) 643-2781.

      *Friday, August 22nd – Friday, August 29th: The motion simulator will be down for scheduled maintenance.

      *The museum will be open on Monday, September 1st for Labor Day and Monday, October 13th for Columbus Day from 10am – 5pm.

      *“OSS: The Office of Strategic Services” will be on display in the special exhibit gallery through the middle of October.

      *The next special exhibit “Lafayette We Are Here! America and World War I, 1917-1918” will open on Tuesday, November 11th at 11am. The exhibit will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of fighting in Europe on 11 November 1918 using original works of art, posters, photographs and artifacts.

      *If you have any questions, please email info@asomf.org or call (910) 643-2766.
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        Airborne & Special Operations Museum Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

        To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum will present “The Integration of the 82d Airborne,” a special presentation by museum curator Dr. John Duvall on Monday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at the museum.

        According to Dr. Duvall, years before desegregation the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, or "Triple Nickles," [sic] succeeded in becoming the nation's first all-black parachute infantry test platoon, company, and battalion.

        “Within a few years of the formation of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in 1947, it was absorbed into the 82nd,” said Duvall. “As a result, the “Triple Nickles” were some of the first black soldiers to work and train side by side with white soldiers.”

        Dr. Duval will also discuss the life of Fayetteville’s own First Sergeant (Ret) Fred Farmer, who passed away in 2008, and his accomplishments while with the 555th. Farmer remained in active duty for 29 years, completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, and retired as a Senior Army Aviator. He received 34 air medals including the Master Parachutist and Glider Badges, Air Medal with 17 Oak Leaf Cluster, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry.

        Admission is free but will be limited to the first 250.
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          Book Signing At the Museum

          FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Bob Drury, co-author of The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat , will present a lecture, answer questions and sign copies of the book at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Saturday, February 7 from 2 to 4 pm.

          The book tells the remarkable story of a small company of Marines fighting to hold open a mountain pass in Korea. Out-numbered and out-gunned, these 246 Marines hold off 10,000 Chinese soldiers determined to overtake the Toktong Pass near the Chosin Reservoir. The story of their eight day battle is a moving account of bravery and sacrifice.

          Drury and co-author Tom Clavin present a riveting day-by-day picture of the efforts of this extraordinary group of soldiers. The narrative is brought to life by first-hand accounts from the Marines themselves.

          Bob Drury is a contributing editor and foreign correspondent for Men’s Health magazine and has reported from numerous war zones. His last book, The Rescue Season, was made into a documentary by the History Channel.

          Tom Clavin is the author of eight books including Dark Noon: The Final Voyage of the Fishing Boat Pelican. Clavin and Drury are also the co-authors of the bestselling book Halsey’s Typhoon.

          The presentation is free and open to the public. Drury will sign copies of The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat following the presentation. The book is available in the museum gift shop.
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            FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A monument honoring the U.S. Army Ranger Advisors will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.

            The U.S. Ranger Advisors served with the elite Vietnamese Rangers (Biet Dong Quan), a professional group with a total commitment to their courageous brother-in-arms who faced death daily in close combat. They fought side-by-side with the Rangers in the front lines of some of the greatest battles of the Vietnam War. The last Ranger Advisors left Vietnam in March 1973.

            In 1966, General Harold K. Johnson, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, described the Military Advisor, Vietnam. “Out there with an ARVN battalion, a Special Forces trained CIDG Strike Force, or accompanying a Regional Force company on a district security operation, carrying his share of ducks in his belt, the Advisor and his small team are entirely dependent upon others with whom they frequently don’t even share a familiar language. The battlefield is a lonely place; they are the loneliest people in the world—these Advisors in the districts and with ARVN battalions and Special Forces units.”

            The Ranger Advisors were the first training teams sent to Vietnam to assist in organizing and training Ranger Units and were provided by the U.S. Special Forces from Fort Bragg and Okinawa in 1960. The BDQ Advisor exhibit covering the legacy of the Biet Dong Quan is on display at the museum.

            All former Ranger Advisors are encouraged to participate in the dedication on Saturday, March 28th 2009, 10:30 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Other interested persons are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.

            For more information contact BDQ Unit Director Bill Miller at 803. 641.9504.
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              Monument Dedication for the 112th Signal Battalion

              FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A monument honoring the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Abn) will be unveiled and dedicated Friday, April 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.

              According to Don Kropp, president of the Shadow Warrior Association, “This marks the first time that Special Operations “communicators” will be formally memorialized among the historic units of our nation’s Airborne Forces. Ours is the first and only free standing Signal Battalion memorial stone at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. Moreover, it is the only monument dedicated to “Special Operations Signaleers.” This monument will memorialize the service of Signal Soldiers who have served in the 112th from its inception during World War II right up until today. For 112th Soldiers, past and present, this is your history and April 3rd is your day.”

              The 112th Signal Battalion was constituted in 1944 as the 512th Airborne Signal Company and activated in North Africa. As part of the US Airborne forces in WWII the 512th participated in operations from Rome to Berlin. The Battalion motto: “Penetra Le Tenebre" ("Penetrate the Shadows”) and Mediterranean-style dagger on the battalion Coat of Arms are drawn from this early service in Italy.

              Today, over 60 years after the original activation of the 112th Signal Battalion, this unit remains the only airborne Signal Battalion in the Army and is poised to maintain its reputation as the premier Signal organization in the Army.
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                ASOMF 5K/10K "Run for the Legend"

                FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation (ASOMF) will hold its second annual 5K/10K Run for the Legend on Saturday, June 6, at 8:30am. All donations and proceeds from the event support the museum’s operational and educational programs and activities.

                The ASOMF Run for the Legend is sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF). The USATF certified course begins and ends on the Hay Street side of the museum. Atlantic Coast Timing Systems will time the participants using the ChampionChip system.

                The top three men and women in each race receive trophies. The top three men and women in their age group will receive medals.

                Online registration is available through www.active.com, which will also accept donations. Registration is also available at the museum. Participants may turn in their forms and entry fee in the museum gift shop, or mail them to the museum. Registration is $20 through May 25. Late registration is $25. Strollers, wagons, and well behaved, leashed dogs are permitted, but will be asked to start in the back.

                Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact Lauren Campbell at visitsvc@asomf.org or (910) 643-2775.
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                  Airborne & Special Operations Museum to Open New Temporary Exhibit

                  FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will open its latest special exhibit on Tuesday, May 19th, The 173d “Sky Soldiers” The Legend Continues. The new exhibit opening coincides with Fayetteville and Cumberland County’s “31 Days of Glory” celebration, a show of appreciation and respect for our soldiers, vets, and their families.

                  At 9:30 am the museum will officially unveil the new exhibit with a ribbon cutting and special remarks from guest speaker Colonel Mark Stammer, Commander of 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division and former 173rd combat veteran.

                  In recognition of a battle that occurred in Vietnam on November 8, 1965, “Operation Hump”, an original painting by world renowned artist Craig Bone, “8th of November”, will be on display highlighting the new exhibit. His new painting was inspired by the battle and the story of Niles Harris, a U.S. Army Veteran and survivor of the battle of November 8th. Mr. Harris’ story was captured in the song "8th of November" performed by the country music duo, Big & Rich.

                  Artist Craig Bone and Niles Harris will be at the new exhibit opening and sign “8th of November” prints, available in the museum gift shop.

                  In addition, a custom-built chopper designed by Celebrity Choppers specifically for Mr. Harris and paid for by Big & Rich will also be on display at the museum. The artistry of the bike incorporates eagles, the US flag, 173d Airborne coins, patches and insignia plus references the “8th of November” song. There is also a map of Vietnam on the front fender and two eagles on the rear fender with tears flowing to represent the 48 men who died in that battle.
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                    Day-Long Special Events at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum

                    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will host numerous special events on Saturday, May 23, in conjunction with Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s 31 Days of Glory.

                    Beginning at 10 am the Ft. Bragg Stars & Stripes Singers will perform two musical sets. Songs include music from the 40s, patriotic melodies and show tunes.

                    At noon Colonel David Allen, (U.S. Army, Ret.) will discuss one soldier’s wartime view of how freedom is expressed in this great country and sign copies of his book. The book, Freedom Express: Caught Between Iraq and a Hard Place, will be available in the gift shop.

                    At 1 pm a special presentation by Chester Biggs will take place. Chester Biggs was a WWII POW in China for the duration of the war. He will discuss the story of the marine embassy guards captured by the Japanese in north China in 1941. Biggs and his comrades spent nearly the whole war in China. Only in 1945 were they transferred to Japan.

                    At 3 pm Jeff Falkel will discuss his book, The Making of OUR Warrior. Jeff’s son, Chris, was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Jeff’s book takes us on a sobering look at the life of one of our nation’s warriors as told by his family, friends and teammates. Jeff will sign copies of the book which is available in the gift shop.

                    All events are free and open to the public.
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                      2nd Annual Airborne & Special Operations Museum's 5K/10K 'Run For The Legend'

                      FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation (ASOMF) will hold its second annual 5K/10K Run for the Legend on Saturday, June 6, at 8:30am. All donations and proceeds from the event support the museum's operational and educational programs and activities.

                      The ASOMF Run for the Legend is sanctioned by USA Track & Field (USATF). The USATF certified course begins and ends on the Hay Street side of the museum. Atlantic Coast Timing Systems will time the participants using the ChampionChip system.

                      The top three men and women in each race receive trophies. The top three men and women in their age group will receive medals.

                      Online registration is available through the museum's website at www.asomf.org or www.active.com, which will also accept donations. Registration is also available at the museum. Participants may turn in their forms and entry fee in the museum gift shop, or mail them to the museum. Registration is $25. Strollers, wagons, and well behaved, leashed dogs are permitted, but will be asked to start in the back.

                      Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact Lauren Campbell at visitsvc@asomf.org or (910) 643-2775.
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                      • #12
                        LTC White Retirement

                        FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will host a special event honoring Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. White, Jr. in his retirement from the US Army after serving 32 years. To commemorate the event the Green Beret Parachute Team will jump into the circle in front of the museum at 3 pm on Friday, June 26, 2009. Hosted by Major General Herbert Altshuler, the general public is invited to attend the parachute operation and the ceremony directly following in the Yarborough-Bank Theater.

                        LTC White joined the United States Marine Corps from Covington, Kentucky in July of 1977 and, upon completion of college, was accepted into the active service of the United States Army.

                        LTC White was assigned to the United States Army Special Operations Command as the Deputy, G-1 and, with over 1,000 parachute jumps, was selected the Commander of the United States Army Special Operations command’s Freefall Parachute Demonstration Team. He culminates his career as the Director of the 125th Military Mail Terminal, attached to the 82d Sustainment Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC.

                        Lieutenant Colonel White and his wife Sharon have two children, Melissa and Robin.

                        THE MUSEUM

                        Located in downtown Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday; open Federal holiday Mondays.
                        For more information call 910.643.2774 or visit the website at ww.asomf.org.
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                          Airborne Day at the Museum

                          FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The public is invited to celebrate National Airborne Day on Saturday, August 15 at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. This year’s annual National Airborne Day commemorates the 69th anniversary of the Army Parachute Test Platoon’s first official jump and the ninth anniversary of the museum.

                          At 9am members of the US Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers, the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Freefall Team, and the Golden Knights will perform a freefall parachute demonstration. The planned keynote speaker for the ceremony is General (Retired) Daniel McNeill.

                          The 82nd Airborne Division “All American” Chorus will perform in the museum at 10:30am and 11:15 am.

                          Displays of current XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and US Army Special Operations Command equipment, as well as historic re-enactors, will be on the museum’s parade field and in the lobby and gallery until 3pm. In addition, parachute riggers will hold demonstrations throughout the day.

                          As an added attraction a professional photographer will be taking pictures of children with historic re-enactors for a minimal cost. DMWR will provide food at low cost. All other events are free.
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                            Book Signing at the Museum

                            FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Melissa Davis, author of “Home is Where the Army Sends You, Fort Bragg, NC” , will sign copies of her book at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Saturday, September 19 from 10:30 am to noon.

                            The book follows the Applebottom family. Sgt. Applebottom, his wife and two kids move to Fort Bragg and learn lots of neat and interesting things about their new post. Davis said that the kids who already live in the Fort Bragg area will enjoy reading about the many things they already know and learning new things they may not have realized.

                            Melissa is the daughter of a retired Army soldier. As a child her family had to relocate often. She used her memories of family, military life, and traveling to write her first book, “Home is Where the Army Sends You, Fort Bragg, North Carolina”. The book is the first in a series of books she is writing. There will be a Home is Where the Army Sends You book for the majority of the Army bases in the country at the completion of the project.

                            Last week, as part of the start of a national program to provide books to schools and libraries in military communities, Governor Perdue read "Home is Where the Army Sends You" to second-graders at the W.T. Brown elementary school.

                            The book is available in the museum gift shop.
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