Airborne and Special Operations Museum receive donations from Iraquis
From left, Jim Bartlinski, director of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and Nicole Suarez, ASOM curator, welcome Col. Kevin V. Arata, XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs officer and Sgt. Aristide LaVey XVIII Abn. Corps PAO operations noncommissioned officer March 7, 2012, as they bring items donated to U.S. troops by Iraqi citizens.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 16, 2012) -- The XVIII Airborne Corps brought back more than 50 items donated to U.S. troops by Iraqi citizens that are being cataloged within the Army's historical channels as potential artifacts from the war in Iraq.

Those items that are determined to be of historical significance will then be sent to other museums for display, or will remain on display in the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, or ASOM. The purpose behind bringing these items back to the United States is to share with others the items that accumulated during U.S. forces presence in Iraq.

During their year long deployment, the XVIII Airborne Corps was responsible for implementing the counter tactics, techniques and procedures that were used in Iraq to ensure a successful closing of the U.S. Forces mission, Operation New Dawn.

Col. Kevin V. Arata, XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs officer and Sgt. Aristide LaVey XVIII Abn. Corps public affairs office operations noncommissioned officer brought the items to the ASOM, March 7.

A large golden eagle was displayed outside the office of Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Allen, which was located within Al Faw palace at Camp Victory. Allen served as command sergeant major of United States Forces-Iraq, during the time XVIII Airborne Corps was in Iraq in 2011, and the eagle was a gift from the Iraqis to the United States Forces-Iraq troops.

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