82nd Airborne Division Association

Who we are...

The 82nd Airborne Division Association is for anyone who ever served in the 82nd Airborne Division, and anyone who is currently serving on active duty on jump status; or, has ever served in any of the uniformed services on either jump or glider status and was honorably discharged. The Association was organized in England, prior to the Normandy invasion (1944). We have members who have served with the 11th, 13th, 17th, 82nd, 101st Airborne Divisions; 187th, 503rd, 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Teams; 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) as well as troopers from Special Forces, Airborne Rangers, Marine Corps Recon, Navy SEALS, and Air Force Special Tactics personnel.

Our Mission Statement

  • Further develop the bond between current and past Airborne forces of the U.S. Military
  • Maintain a record of the history and accomplishments of Airborne Troopers.
  • Maintain a close liaison with active Division.
  • Support the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Museum.
  • Provide scholarships through the Association Educational Fund to recently separated Active Duty Troopers and Dependent Children of Veterans, and Active Duty Troopers.
  • Honor the Jumpmaster, NCO & Trooper of the Year
  • Provide support to Veteran and Active Wounded Warriors of the Division.
 

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The kitchen sits quiet. Ovens and stoves are still cold. Ladles and pots are still clean, glinting from the luminescent lighting at the Culinary Arts Training Center here.

 
Military chef serves a course during a competition.
Army Sgt. Daniela Archbold, a culinary specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, presents and serves one of the three courses during the chef competition during All American Week at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 21, 2018. The chef competition is only one of several events and competitions that take place during All American Week. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Gallagher

 

It’s the first day of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2018 All American Week, and a select few culinary specialists assigned to the division start it off strong with a chef competition, relieving all silence.

Four teams, one from each of the brigades, bustle through the kitchen making last-minute preparations before cooking a three-course meal they must present to a panel of judges, including the division commander, Army Maj. Gen. Erik Kurilla, and popular New York chef and business owner of “Folded Napkin Events,” David Autry.

One competitor, Army Sgt. Daniela Archbold, a culinary specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, organizes her team and prepares them for the events to unfold.

Preparation

“The hardest part of my job is the preparation,” Archbold said. “Without the proper practice and preparation, you might go into the kitchen blindly or get scared you might mess up.”

This day was no different; her team only had one day to practice their dishes. Archbold said the competition is a side-tasking, and her normal duties at the 1st BCT dining facility will always come first. With that said, the lack of training for these new dishes didn’t slow Archbold down or hinder her confidence.

Her soldier-chef teammates, Staff Sgt. Zachary Mateau, Spc. Louis Mancilla, and Spc. Puthoameapheakdey Kao, all assigned to 1st BCT, prepare their stations while Archbold explains her love for cooking.

“I found my inspiration from my mother,” Archbold said. “I was always helping her as a child, helping chop up vegetables and doing little things here and there. She always cooked every meal from scratch, and I learned from that.”

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Spanish cooking was Archbold’s primary style of food, even after moving to Houma, Louisiana, at age 9.

“My mother owned a small Hispanic grocery store,” she said. “So I made a lot of Spanish dishes, most of my experience growing up was Hispanic-oriented.”

Her love for cooking has led to another year of competing during All American Week, winning first place the year prior, her confidence now boosted to a higher level.

As the competition continued, the entire kitchen burst into sounds of commands from all four teams. Archbold's team remained calm, as she instructed the duties of each paratrooper-chef so all three courses could cook simultaneously.

‘Driven, Motivated’

“She is driven and motivated,” Mateau said of Archbold. “This competition was a credit to her; this was her show.”

“She put together the menu, put together all of the practices. This was her baby. And she just ran with it,” he added.

Archbold chose three dishes she knew the judges would love. First, for the appetizer, she chose a spring mix salad with a ginger carrot dressing.

For the entree, they cooked a chicken roulade with a garlic onion reduction sauce.

A molten-chocolate lava cake followed for dessert.

 
Military chef prepares a dish during a competition.
Army Sgt. Daniela Archbold, a culinary specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares the ingredients for the main entrée for the chef competition during All American Week XXIX at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 21, 2018. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Gallagher

 

“I like to see the smile on people’s faces when they look at and taste our food,” Archbold said after serving the judges. “I like the satisfaction I get when I make something, and someone is enjoying it. I feel like I've accomplished something.”

Once the cooking is complete, Archbold and her team begin to clean as the judges evaluate and score all the dishes based on presentation, taste and technique.

Repeat Victory

The scores are in; four teams wait to hear the final judgment. The winning brigade is, once again, 1st Brigade.

Autry saluted Archbold’s team and her cooking.

“You have a lot of talent here,” he said. “Being a young cook, this is just a step in the journey. There is a lot to offer in the future of cooking if she wants to pursue it.”

Now winning two years in a row, Archbold is already thinking about next year’s competition and the possible dishes.

“I'm happy it’s over, and we won,” Archbold said. “We could have done better, but that’s OK, because I think you get better as you go. Regardless how experienced you think you are or how many times you have done it, there will always be mistakes. You are always cooking new things, and that’s what we did. We got out of our comfort zone and we tried to be better than what we normally are.”

This year’s 82nd Airborne Division All American Week, the 29th, began May 21 and concludes today. The event, which features competitive contests, military capability demonstrations and more, celebrates paratroopers and the division’s storied history.

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THE CENTER FOR DISCOVERY HOSTS 82ND AIRBORNE ‘ALL AMERICAN ADVENTURE’ FOR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Four-Day Event made Possible by Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation

HARRIS, N.Y. — On June 23rd through June 26th, The Center for Discovery, in partnership with the 82nd Airborne Association - an independent non-profit dedicated to supporting members of the 82nd Airborne - hosted 20 service men and women for the first ever ‘All American Adventure.’ The inaugural event, inspired by The Center’s world-renowned model for health and wellness, was developed to help support and honor men and women who have recently returned home from service after nine month deployments in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

The ‘All American Adventure’ program idea was initially developed through a request of the 82nd Airborne Division Association to pursue areas to assist the 82nd Airborne Division with the reintegration process of recently redeployed Troopers of the Division. The outstanding support provided by the Division’s Leadership, and their care for the welfare of their Soldiers, allowed for The Center for Discovery and the 82nd Airborne Division Association to make this program a success.  

The ‘All American Adventure’ program was made possible by a generous gift from the Vera and Walter J. Scherr Foundation.  Through decades of philanthropy and the publication of his award-winning autobiography, “Walter’s Way”, Walter J. Scherr has made it his life’s mission to commemorate the heroic service of individuals who have served in the armed forces of the United States.  Mr. Scherr has continued his work honoring soldiers and caretakers by working with the 82nd Airborne Association to support its troops. 

"We feel incredibly honored to have spent time with these young service men and women who have made enormous sacrifices for our country. They have each built a special bond with all of us here - our staff, our residents, and I - and we look forward to welcoming them back with open arms.  They are selfless, dedicated, and courageous individuals and we are proud to know them, "said Patrick H. Dollard, President & CEO of The Center for Discovery.

Throughout the four-day event, individuals participated in exciting athletic and outdoor adventure type experiences, among other activities at The Center, including: a boot camp class, a bike tour of The Center’s campus with opportunities for interaction with Center residents, guided meditation, yoga, campfires, farm-fresh meals, and more.  An additional portion of the event was held at Frost Valley YMCA, which included fly fishing, a hike up Slide Mountain, and an activity on their Y climbing tower and zip line. 

About The Center for Discovery:
The Center for Discovery is a provider of healthcare and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex disabilities, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. It has long been a leader in developing new models of care for individuals with complex conditions. On 1,500 acres of land in Sullivan County, The Center houses school campuses, residences, medical and research facilities, organic and biodynamic farmland, and leased private businesses. Deeply focused on an individual’s personal potential and possibilities, rather than a disability, The Center strives to create better care and unique and challenging opportunities for the most vulnerable populations.

About the 82nd Airborne Association:
The 82nd Airborne Division Association is for anyone who ever served or is currently serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, and anyone who is currently serving on active duty on jump status; or, has ever served in any of the uniformed services on either jump or glider status and was honorably discharged. The 82nd Airborne Division Association’s mission statement is to further develop the bond between current and past Airborne forces of the U.S. Military, maintain a record of the history and accomplishments of Airborne Troopers, maintain a close liaison with active Division Support of the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Museum, provide scholarships through the Association Educational Fund to recently separated Active Duty Troopers and Dependent Children of Veterans, and Active Duty Troopers, honor the Jumpmaster, NCO & Trooper of the Year, and provide support mechanisms for our Active duty Troopers and their families.

 

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The history of the “AA” arm patch

The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, an elite division specializing in air assault.

Based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 82nd Airborne soldiers are easily recognizable by their maroon berets and “AA” arm patches. They have been involved in virtually every U.S. military conflict since World War I.

The history of the “AA” arm patch

The “AA” arm patch, worn by all 82nd Airborne soldiers, stands for “All American,” the nickname given to the division when it was first formed at Camp Gordon, Georgia, in 1917.

During World War I, many units created nicknames for themselves to build camaraderie and boost morale. Shortly after its inception, the newly-formed 82nd, in partnership with the Atlanta Georgian newspaper, held a contest to collect nickname ideas for the division. The winning nickname, “All American,” was submitted by Vivienne Goodwyn and was chosen for its embodiment of the 82nd’s unique makeup. Unlike other divisions at the time, a diverse group of men from all 48 states served in the 82nd.

Listen to this podcast by the 82nd Airborne Division for more information about its “All American” nickname:

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Walter Scherr Letter to 82nd Airborne

82nd Airborne Association:

Thank you very much for letting myself and my wife along with our team attend this year's 100th Anniversary of the 82nd Airborne.  It had been an honor to witness the pride and at times the pain that saturated the room as the memorial and banquet had unfolded that weekend.  I myself was unable to attend but had seen many photos and videos of the event and it humbled me. 

I would like all of you to visit my website WaltersCommunity.com and see the photos and videos of this great event as it was captured throughout the weekend.  Many have already viewed the videos published on my YouTube and Facebook sites, I thank you for that.

One way of giving back to you at the 82nd, I had offered over 500 award winning books to you as my thanks for the gracious invitation to your celebration.  If you were fortunate enough to have taken "Walter's Way", I hope you had the chance to read the book; I look forward to your reviews.     

In the coming weeks I will again reach out to you and explain how to take advantage of the contributions I have put in place to benefit many of you great people of the United States Airborne.  This gift was put in place to help you the individuals and your families overcome obstacles you face every day; such as education, rehabilitation, and disabilities that you may be struggling with.  Most of all to help this great nation of ours "The United States of America" to continue to be the best in the World with the best people in the World; you our nation's military!

Thank you,

Walter J. Scherr   

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