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Podcast to celebrate 100 years of 82nd Airborne history

The 82nd Airborne Division turns 100 years old in 2017, and it's marking the occasion in a special way.

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The 82nd Airborne Division turns 100 years old in 2017, and it's marking the occasion in a special way.

In 1917, the 82nd Division was born. Its members came from all 48 states, earning it the nickname "the All-American Division." It was represented by the double A shoulder patch. In August of 1942, the unit became the first airborne division in the U.S. Army and fought gallantly during World War II.

The division plans to start telling its storied past online next Tuesday through the "All American Legacy Podcast."

"What you'll hear are these very compelling stories from the division," Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said Friday. "We go back to the birth of the division, the formation of the division and the formation of many of these traditions that you see on Fort Bragg today."

Inside the division's museum on post are pieces of memorabilia that link the unit to historic events, such as the 1989 jump into Panama that ousted former President Manuel Noriega.

"We talked to one paratrooper, it was his first jump in the division – a combat jump at 500 feet into Panama," Buccino said. "His only previous jumps were at airborne school."

The podcast will also feature interviews with members of the Triple Nickels, the Army's first all-black parachute company. It broke the color barrier a year before President Harry Truman signed an order desegregating the armed forces.

The 82nd Airborne is known as America's Guard of Honor. Members have the ability to pack their equipment on airplanes and be off to any location in the world within 18 hours.

"You need that capability," Buccino said. "You've got to be ready. You've got to have this thing trained. You've got to have this thing ready to go, and that's why we have thousands of paratroopers ready to fight tonight."


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