• Members of the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus sing the National Anthem in front of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, during a celebration of National Airborne Day.

    All American Chorus Sings National Anthem

    Members of the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus sing the National Anthem in front of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, during a celebration of National Airborne Day.

  • Members of the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus sing the National Anthem in front of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, during a celebration of National Airborne Day.

    All Americans Sing National Anthem

    Members of the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus sing the National Anthem in front of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, during a celebration of National Airborne Day.

  • A Paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division teaches a young man how to load a magazine into an M4 carbine during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    All American Celebrate National Airborne Day

    A Paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division teaches a young man how to load a magazine into an M4 carbine during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th...

  • A paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division demonstrates how paratroopers wear night vision devices to a group of young fans during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    All Americans Celebrate National Airborne Day

    A paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division demonstrates how paratroopers wear night vision devices to a group of young fans during a celebration of National Airborne...

  • Paratroopers of Battery A, 1-321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, showcase an M777 howitzer during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    All Americans Celebrate National Airborne Day

    Paratroopers of Battery A, 1-321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, showcase an M777 howitzer during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville...

  • Spc. Antonio Corona, a member of Battery A, 1-321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, teaches a group of boys about the features of an M777 howitzer during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    All Americans Celebrate National Airborne Day

    Spc. Antonio Corona, a member of Battery A, 1-321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, teaches a group of boys about the features of an M777 howitzer during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and...

  • A Paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division helps a young man to properly carry an M4 during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    All Americans Celebrate National Airborne Day

    A Paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division helps a young man to properly carry an M4 during a celebration of National Airborne Day held August 13th at the Airborne and...

The Fort Bragg and Fayetteville community celebrated National Airborne Day at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Aug. 13, honoring the 71st anniversary of the first successful parachute jump and the accomplishments of the American Paratrooper.

Festivities at the museum kicked off around 10 A.M. with a free-fall parachute demonstration conducted by members of the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Freefall Team, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights and the Black Daggers of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

After comments by the deputy commanding general of XVIII Airborne Corps, Maj. Gen. Rodney Anderson and the mayor of Fayetteville, Anthony G. Chavonne, a wreath was laid in honor of all airborne and Special Operations soldiers.

Paratroopers from airborne units stationed at Fort Bragg manned displays throughout the ASOM showcasing equipment and weapons for visitors to see and even touch.

Special Operations soldiers helped the curious learn about the specialty equipment they use to enhance their capabilities while in the field.

Pfc. Moses Villanova of 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, felt it was a good morale booster to be taking part of the National Airborne Day celebration.

Villanova was part of a fully-equipped infantry squad present outside the museum that helped visitors understand some of the technology today's paratrooper uses on the battlefield.

Staff Sgt. Sean Kosiba and his fellow artillerymen of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, were busy all morning helping young visitors work some of the features on an M777 howitzer.

Kosiba greeted visitors to the station with a smile and helped everyone understand why the massive artillery piece, which shakes nearby homes when fired on a Fort Bragg range, is important in today's military operations.

Second Lt. Robert Gallimore of the 274th Forward Surgical Team, 44th Medical Brigade, spent his morning surrounded by medics, a litter, surgical supplies and curious visitors.

Gallimore took the time with each visitor to explain how medical assets like the tent and medical station he was in could be parachuted onto the battlefield to help them understand how care can be given those wounded on the battlefield in a quick manner.

National Airborne Day is celebrated throughout airborne communities in the United States Army.

None of them have a facility like the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, an ideal location to celebrate the heritage of the American paratrooper and Special Operations community.

"The ASOM was founded for the sole purpose of honoring our airborne and Special Operations soldiers " airborne and Special Operations Pioneers such as Gen. Bill Yarborough, who designed our jump wings and played major roles in the design and development of the museum," said retired Gen. James J. Lindsay, a former commander of both the XVIII Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division, in an email about the celebration.

Lindsay now serves as the current Chairman of the Board of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation.

"If you look at the first unit monument in front of the museum, you will note that it honors the test platoon that made that first jump. Incidentally, the museum opened on National Airborne Day 11 years ago," he wrote.

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