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.”