Volunteer of the Month

April 2016, Volunteer of the Month



April’s volunteer of the Month is Anne Howland.

Having been a Special Forces wife, Anne has a deep connection and understanding of the military and the life they lead. While she says she mostly kept busy with her children during that time period, it was nice to meet different people. The downside was that she frequently moved away from the friends made at the different duty stations. Of those many duty stations Anne says her favorite was Fort Belvoir in Washington, DC. Anne’s best advice to new military spouses is “Be very friendly,” she said, “you’ll hear lots of things but the best thing you can do is be friendly.”

Anne was one of the museum’s first volunteers starting in April of 2000 making this month her 16 year anniversary with the volunteer program. Anne says her favorite things about volunteering here are meeting all of the different people who come to the museum and talking to and working with the staff. Anne is legendary throughout the museum staff for frequently bringing delicious baked goods and making sure everyone gets their share. Anne always welcomes visitors with a genuine smile and warm greeting.

We appreciate Anne’s hard work, dedication, and service to the community. Her volunteer efforts are tremendously appreciated.

May 2016, Volunteer of the Month



May’s volunteer of the month is Fred Burgess.

Fred started volunteering at the museum because he used to work in the military history field and has a lot of respect for those who serve. He also says he’s always loved history and wants to help others see history not as a marble statue but to see the living, breathing person behind the story. He has a special way of making history not dry by always having a joke for visitors.

For the past few months Fred has been acting as the volunteer coordinator. He has been working almost full time in a volunteer position to make sure the museum has a friendly face at the front desk greeting every guest who walks into the museum. He has worked tirelessly to bring new volunteers into the museum and filled any gaps in the schedule as they fell open.

Thank you Fred for your incredible hard work and devotion to the museum and the community.

Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation
100 Bragg Blvd.
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 643-2778
Museum Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Closed Mondays and Federal Holidays
Open Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran’s Day

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation supports the museum with marketing, advertising and financial support for its programs and exhibits. Opening the doors on August 16th, 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original United States Army’s Test Platoon’s first parachute jump, the museum offers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story tall theater, video theater and a motion simulator ride. It is located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville on the corner of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, adjacent to the city’s Freedom Memorial Park and the recently built North Carolina Veteran’s Park. The main gallery is designed as a self-guiding tour, in chronological order, through the history of the airborne and special operations soldiers, from 1940 to the present. The temporary gallery changes throughout the year and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army, airborne and special operation units through their history and conflicts from World War II to the present. For a nominal fee visitors can ride the 24 seat motion simulator. Find our privacy policy here.

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