Volunteer Christmas Dinner

  Every December the Museum staff throw a thank you dinner for our much deserving...

December 2017-Gift Shop News

The Gift Shop will be holding sales December 22nd through the 24th so be sure to...

December 2017- Iron Mike

Iron Mike got a makeover for Christmas.  Because he is finished with porous epoxy...

November 2017, “On The Air”, A Tribute to Bob Hope

November 11, 2017 at the Airborne & Special Operaitons Museum 11am to 12:30pm...

November 2017, Vietnam Moving Wall

To celebrate Heroes Homecoming, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation...


February is Black History Month making it the perfect time to learn about the “Triple Nickles,” the nation’s first all black parachute infantry battalion.  Segregation and racism kept the 555th from being able to join the rest of the paratroopers in combat.  Despite those formidable setbacks the Triple Nickles showed their skill as the military’s first smoke jumpers, jumping into forest fires along the Pacific Coast.  Come in to learn more about their incredible story!

February 23rd marks the 73rd anniversary of the 11th Airborne raid of the Los Banos prison camp.  On the 23rd at 11am we will have a special presentation with Ms. Patty Kelly Stevens who was a prisoner for 3 years at the Los Banos camp and witnessed the great rescue.   Ms. Stevens will speak on her experiences and answer questions as well as donate the 48-star flag that was the first American flag flown over the camp after it was liberated.

We have begun planning our Spring events including our Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Scramble on March 31st, Field of Honor opening May 19th, and our Run for the Legend 5K/10K June 2nd.  We invite you to mark your calendars for these events and hope to see you there!

Thank you to all of our Museum Friends who help make our mission possible year after year!  Museum membership is a great way to continue the legacy of the Airborne and Special Operations Units we represent.  If you are not already a member we invite you to join!  Benefits include a discount in our gift shop which can be a wonderful way to continue your learning with our excellent book selection, or show your army pride with our selection of apparel and decals.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a Museum Friend click here.


  February Monthly Feature

In conjunction with the upcoming movie “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers” the ASOM will display a special exhibit entitled “America’s Response” featuring artifacts from the real Special Forces Soldiers who deployed to Afghanistan directly following the September 11th attacks.  Artifacts include steel from the World Trade Center, carried throughout the deployment by a Special Forces soldier as well as personal items from the SF soldiers as well as props used in the filming of 12 Strong.  This exhibit will be open through March.
“Shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Operational Detachment Alphas (ODA) 555 and 595 from the U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were inserted into Afghanistan.
Due to the rugged mountainous terrain of Northern Afghanistan, ODA 595 adopted the local mode of transportation: Horses.  The 12 men of ODA 595 were the first U.S. Soldiers to fight on horseback since WWII.
By late fall, numerous ODAs from the U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group were in Afghanistan supporting the Northern Alliance.  In November 2001, ODAs 595 and 534, fighting alongside approximately 2000 Northern Alliance fighters on horseback, foot, pickup trucks, and captured Soviet BMP armored personnel carriers, took the Taliban stronghold of Mazar-e-Sharif.  This was the first significant Taliban defeat of the Global War on Terror.”


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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