100 years: All American Division paratroopers defend our freedom

100 years: All American Division paratroopers defend our freedom

Monday, January 30, 2017

Formed in 1917 for entry into World War I, the 82nd Airborne Division is one of the most celebrated units in the U.S. Army.

Next year, the All American Division will celebrate a century of service to the nation.

To commemorate its centennial, the division will release the All American Legacy Podcast, a narrative history of the 82nd.

All the Way: The 82nd Airborne Division, for 100 years, has played a critical role in the nation’s defense. (Photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

The podcast will recount stories from the division’s history and will include interviews and first-person accounts with some All American legends. The program will honor the division’s legacy, shed light on lesser-known deployments and showcase recent division history.

The All American Legacy podcast is available Jan. 17 on iTunes and Google Play, with a new episode released every Tuesday thereafter.

Throughout 2017, the division has a series of events and media engagements planned, including All American Week 100, which will last from May 22 to 25 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

All American Week 100 will include division-wide individual and squad readiness competitions, new equipment displays, recognition of All Americans from every conflict in the nation’s history and will culminate with a division review.

For the past 100 years, the 82nd Airborne Division has played a critical role in the nation’s defense. Today’s All American paratroopers carry a bloodline forged in many of the decisive moments in world history.

During the Great War, the All Americans fought in the Saint Mihiel Offensive and in the trenches of the Argonne Forest.

The division is also widely recognized for its World War II parachute assaults into Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Nijmegen. The bravery of the All Americans helped turn the tide of the war, defeat Nazism and save the world from European tyranny.

Since WWII, the division participated in every major U.S. military engagement with the exception of Korea.

The 82nd deployed in support of lesser-known Cold War flashpoints in the Dominican Republic, Panama and Honduras and in response to humanitarian crises in Haiti and New Orleans. In more recent history, the division deployed numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today, the division serves as the nucleus of the land component of the Global Response Force, providing the nation with a unique capability.