Triple Nickles

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.

In May of 2015 the ASOMF announced the renaming of the Pritzker Simulator and the opening of a new simulator experience which takes the rider from World War II to modern day, highlighting the prestigious units 101st Screaming Eagles, 187th Rakkasans, 82nd All Americans, Ranger Regiment, and Special Forces.  This ride, Experience the Legend will run at alternating times with the original ride,  Army on the Move.

We welcome individuals and groups who are interested in volunteering to help out our events.  Please contact the Foundation Events Coordinator at (910) 643-2773 or events@asomf.org.

Those interested in volunteering to assist the army personnel dealing with the public and all our visitors on a daily basis through the ACS Army Volunteer Program, contact the Army Volunteer Coordinator at asom.volunteers@gmail.com or (910) 643-2775.

There are plenty of tax deductible opportunities to support the ASOM Foundation.  If you’d like to support the museum financially, consider Becoming a Friend for as little as $25, or contributing to the ASOMF Endowment through the Cumberland Community Foundation.   If you are interested please call Mike or Brian at 910.643.2778/2777.

We thank you for your continued support and hope you visit the Airborne & Special Operations Museum soon.