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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