82nd Airborne Division

America's Guard of Honor

Mission

Mission Statement: On order, the 82nd Airborne Division rapidly deploys within 18 hours of notification, strategically deploys, conducts forcible entry parachute assaults and secures key objectives for follow-on military operations in support of U.S. national interests.

The 82nd Airborne Division is an active airborne infantry division of the United States Army specializing in joint forcible entry operations. Based at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is the primary fighting arm of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The 82nd Division was constituted in the National Army on August 5th, 1917, and was organized on August 25th, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Since its initial members came from all 48 states, the unit acquired the nickname "All American," which is the basis for its famed "AA" shoulder patch.

Leaders

  • Maj. Gen. James "Pat" Work
    All American 6
    Maj. Gen. James "Pat" Work
  • Command Sgt. Maj. Randolph Delapena
    All American 9
    Command Sgt. Maj. Randolph Delapena

Subordinate Units

1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division - "Devils In Baggy Pants"

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division - "Falcons"

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division - "Panthers"

82nd Airborne Division Artillery - "Cannonball"

82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade - "Providers"

82nd Combat Aviation Brigade - "Pegasus"

News

Airborne Innovation Lab
Airborne Innovation Lab (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

HOW IT WORKS

SOLDIERS HAVE IDEAS. TOGETHER WE CREATE SOLUTIONS.

The Airborne Innovation Lab (AIL) is the nexus of innovation activities across Fort Liberty by connecting Paratroopers and partners to learn, research, innovate, build, and explore new ideas to solve tactical problems. The AIL provides the resources and network to empower Paratrooper-centered innovation to increase readiness to win the future fight.

SOLVE TOMORROW'S PROBLEM TODAY.

The Airborne Innovation Lab shortens the time between the problem identification and the prototyped solution. With the capabilities and resources the AIL offers, Soldiers can have a solution in-hand within days.

CAPABILITIES

The AIL offers variety of capabilities to meet the need of the future warfighter. As the needs change, so does the tools and equipment available. Current capabilities include:

Digital Fabrication: 3D printers, 3D scanner, and workstations with Fusion360

Woodshop: CNC milling, laser cutting/etching, and other woodshop machinery/tools

Workshop: Robotics kits, soldering stations, electronics workstations with tools and components

Textile Station: Sewing machines, plotter cutter, heat-transfer vinyl, ironing station

Design Thinking and Collaboration: Space for facilitating design thinking workshops and project collaboration

SHARE YOUR IDEA

Paratroopers can submit problem statements and potential solutions directly to the Innovation team. To submit your idea, you can click here. Connect with us on Instagram at @AirborneInnovationLab.

Course List

  • Dates:

    FY 23: 06-10 NOV

    FY 24: 16-19 JAN, 20-23 FEB, 16-19 APR, 28-31 MAY, 09-12 JUL, 03-06 SEP

    This course will teach the basic concepts of Additive Manufacturing and how to efficiently implement it within the DoD. Students will cover concepts including, computer-aided design, reverse engineering, design optimization, 3D modeling and the utilization of 3D printers, slicing software, and common terminology used within the field.

    Learning will occur through lessons and hands-on practical applications, through various challenge projects. Each class supports 10 students.

    To sign up, contact AirborneInnovationLab@army.mil.

  • Dates: By request

    This course will teach advanced Fusion 360 techniques including how to run simulations in a competitive atmosphere. Students will cover material selection, printer maintenance, and how to leverage the benefits of 3D printing at their home unit.

    Learning will occur through lessons and hands-on practical applications, through various challenge projects. Students must complete the Basic AM Course or demonstrate existing knowledge prior to attendance.

    Each class supports 10 students.

    To sign up, contact AirborneInnovationLab@army.mil.

  • Dates:

    FY 24: 11-15 MAR, 15-19 JUL, 09-13 SEP

    This course will teach the basic background of electronics principles and operations, circuit diagrams, line-by-line code review, and basic electronic components. This will focus specifically on the low-cost Arduino microcontroller. This course is for those new to microcontroller programming.

    Learning will occur through lessons and hands-on practical applications, through various challenge projects. Each class supports 8 students.

    To sign up, contact AirborneInnovationLab@army.mil.

HOURS

Visit us in Bldg. 3-2102 Long Street, Fort Liberty

Monday: 1000-1600

Tuesday: 1000-1600

Wednesday: 1000-1600

Thursday: 1000-1600

Friday: 1000-1500

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

All American Week 2024

(Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

The 82nd Airborne Division will host current and former Paratroopers, their families, and the local community during All American Week, May 20-23, 2024.

Throughout the week, Paratroopers will compete in a series of competitions to see who can claim the title of best of the best. Paratroopers will compete in boxing, combatives, soccer, flag football, functional fitness, tug-o-war, and a culinary competition. The Division will also feature it's newest competition titled, The Fittest All American.

Below are key events with date, time, and locations (Click Links for Directions)

Monday, May 20

Division Run - 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. - Long Street *Note No Alcohol is allowed during the Division Run

Old Timers Breakfast - 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - 2nd Brigade Combat Team Dining Facility

34-ft Jump Tower - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School

Tuesday, May 21

10 Miler - 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Gladius Field

Prayer Breakfast - 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Iron Mike Conference Center

34-ft Jump Tower - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School

Division Memorial Ceremony - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - 82nd Airborne Museum

Gold Star Family Lunch - 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Iron Mike Conference Center

Regimental Picnics - Various Times / Locations

Jr. Paratrooper of the Year Ceremony and Family Fun Run - 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Heroes on Ardennes

Wednesday, May 22

34-ft Jump Tower - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School

All American Hall of Fame Induction - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Heroes on Ardennes

Veterans Trust Motorsports - 1 p.m. - Green Ramp, Pope Army Airfield

Thursday, May 23

Division Review - 10:00 a.m. - Pike Field

82nd Airborne Division Association Dinner - Iron Mike Conference Center

***Fort Liberty visitor's pass click here FORT_LIBERTY_VISITOR_PASS_REQUEST_USING_ONLINE_PRE.pdf (army.mil)

AAW24 Bus Routes AAW 2024 Transportation Info.pdf [PDF - 2.2 MB]

Events & Daily Competition Results

Events will be posted as they are finished.

For more information about the sporting events, please email usarmy.liberty.82-abn-div.mbx.div-pao@army.mil

All American Week Press Kit and Media Escort Details

Please click here for the AAW24 press kit. 82nd Abn Div Media Packet.pdf [PDF - 4.7 MB]

Media interested in covering one or all of these events should contact the 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs Office at 910-907-1946 or 910-432-0487 or usarmy.liberty.82-abn-div.mbx.div-pao@army.mil no later than 5 p.m. on May 13.