Monday, May 21, marks the start of All American Week at Fort Bragg, a celebration of all things Americana leading up to Memorial Day weekend.
To kick things off, the 82nd Airborne put out the sweet hype video above to get us amped up for some formation running. It features all the enticing adventures Fort Bragg has to offer, while somehow leaving out the high-interest rate car dealerships and government subsidized tattoo parlors.
The 82nd Airborne in just 82 seconds
Intrepid Fayetteville Observer military editor Drew Brooks managed to shoot this amazing time-lapse of the entire 82nd Airborne as they marched past him — in just 82 seconds.
— Drew Brooks (@DrewBrooks) May 21, 2018
The Fort Bragg helo march
The second social video to rock your world features a pile of attack helicopters who are getting ready to be extras in a Michael Bay movie.
Chinook is off the hook
— All American Division (@82ndABNDiv) May 21, 2018
Not War of the Worlds
Watching this video of helicopters zooming across an American landscape harkens to the Army to respond to an alien invasion. Why aliens are invading Fayetteville, North Carolina, I do not know, but the 82nd Airborne is there to save the day.
— Crystal Kultala (@CrysKute) May 21, 2018
Virtual reality marching
Ah, formation running: all the fun of running but with peer pressure and matching shirts. And now in 360° VR, apparently!
Your new motivation for the week
Army Command Sergeant Major John Troxell makes it clear that you shouldn’t be fat, fatty.
NO EXCUSE! If the @FORSCOM & @82ndABNDiv Commanding Generals can be out here, SO CAN YOU! Time to fight fatness and embrace fitness! #SEAC3 #bestjobieverhad #AAWXXIX #PMEHard #NMFF pic.twitter.com/vwjamIfkFd
— CSM John Troxell (@SEAC_Troxell) May 21, 2018
Bonus: the peanut gallery
Those five videos encapsulate All American Week, but Fort Bragg is more than just the 82nd. Here’s a shout-out to those that are glad they’re not dealing with piles of marching, formations, and all the fun that comes with extra details.
Most popular timeframe for non-82nd folks to take leave. https://t.co/A5F7J4qxEA
— W. Johnson (@WJohnson68) May 21, 2018
It’s the best week on Fort Bragg to not be part of the 82nd Airborne. https://t.co/PNIXjOywwg
— Soldier Jane (@sgtjanedoe) May 21, 2018
All things considered this seems to be a great start to a week of fun, mandatory festivities. But it makes us all wonder, is the 82nd Airborne still relevant in the age of radar-guided anti-aircraft guns? I don’t know, but I do know that the GoPro footage of a pile of 11Bs hopping out of planes sure looks cool.
I am 3 hours early to the 1 hour pre-stage for the All American 82nd Airborne Division run at 06:30 and that makes me 1 hour late. Airborne! #AAWXXIX
— usawtfm6 (@usawtfm6) May 21, 2018