Friday May 15, 2009
What is it?
Joint Service Open House (JSOH) is three-day Department of Defense extravaganza at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, May 15, to Sunday, May 17. Taking place in the air and on the ground, the weekend is part air show, part military carnival and all educational. Admission is free.
Each day's program highlights missions, skills and equipment of all branches of the Armed Forces and mixes elite military units with aerobatic showstoppers that make the circuits of the world's top air shows. Best of all, men and women serving their nation in uniform will be talking about what they do to keep our nation secure. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be participating. The Friday show is set aside for Department of Defense personnel, school-sponsored children and invited guests. Saturday and Sunday are open attendance, traditionally drawing large numbers of the public to the air shows, equipment displays, food booths, child-focused amusement apparatus and interactive displays spread out along the apron and hangars of the large air base.
JSOH falls on Armed Forces Day , which is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May.
What will the Army do?
Four Army divisions, 10th Mountain, 3 ID, 82nd Airborne and the 101st Airborne, will take part. There will be a mass air drop to the far side of the runway. The 75th Ranger Regiment and the Special Forces Command will have a lot of their gear on hand to talk about and let people hold. The Army National Guard and the 99th Regional Readiness Command of the Army Reserves will show how they contribute to the total force. Army research and development and Army logistics come along with the acres of hardware the Army adds to the joint forces show. Army Materiel Command engineers and scientists open eyes to areas such as robotics and special materials.
The U.S. Army's top parachutists, the Golden Knights, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their premier unit. Always entertaining, the Army skydivers demonstrate the thrill of freefall and the precision of their stunt work and pinpoint control as they descend with their sports chutes.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is the largest and oldest service. JSOH is a great opportunity to reconnect with Army veterans, other services, and the public and promote what we add to the joint fight.
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