Changing World

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  • Clock60 minutes
  • agesMay not be approved for all ages
  • calendarPermanent Exhibit
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Modern Warfare

The Changing World Gallery chronicles one of the most dynamic and global periods in U.S. Army history, from the fall of the Soviet Union through our nation’s current conflicts. The Global War on Terrorism portion follows the progression of operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The overall theme, Changing World recognizes that—while the last two decades have been a time of near-constant conflict—it is the individual Soldier that must endure the challenges of war in an ever-changing environment.

Artifact Highlights

Unique Artifact

Black Hawk Super 6-1 Engine -This engine is from the remains of Super 6-1, the call sign for the first UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shot down during the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, popularly referred to as “Black Hawk Down.” In August 2013, the remnants of the wreckage were removed from the crash site and returned to the United States.

Unique Artifact

Desert Camouflage Helmet -The Personal Armor System Ground Troops (PASGT) Kevlar helmet—in use from 1979 to 2003—provides greater protection and is better balanced than its predecessor the Army’s M1 steel helmet.

Unique Artifact

Hillbilly Armor -After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, insurgent forces deployed roadside bombs, rocket propelled grenade teams and snipers with small arms to attack military vehicles. American troops reinforced these vehicles with scrap metal, Kevlar blankets, compromised ballistic glass and plywood.

Unique Artifact

Cluster of Melted Coins -Following the 9/11 attack, these coins were recovered from the Pentagon by a team of U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) curators.

Unique Artifact

FIM-92 Stinger Man Portable Air Defense System -The introduction of the Stinger missile would prove to be a crucial element in the defeat of the decade-long Soviet effort to prop up the Afghan communist regime that came to power in 1979. Introduced in the mid-1980s, the Stinger was the result of the need for an antiaircraft weapon that could be carried in mountainous terrain. Traveling at 1600 mph and delivering a deadly warhead, the Stinger remains one of the most effective air defense weapons in the U.S. Army arsenal. 

Unique Artifact

Combat Action Badge -This badge was authorized in 2005 to honor those who had engaged enemy forces during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who were not medics or infantrymen.

“We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us.”

President Barack Obama

Soldier Profiles

Soldier Profiles
1st Lt. Gail E. S. Yoshitani

In September 1994, Yoshitani was a Military Police platoon leader to a 1991 military coup…

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Sgt. Omar Hernandez

On June 6, 2007, Hernandez, of the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, led a joint American-Iraqi…

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Sgt. Jason B. Cartwright

After returning from a deployment to Iraq In 2007, Cartwright volunteered to become a canine…

Soldier Profiles
Maj. Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey

McCaffrey graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1964 and served two…

Soldier Profiles
Capt. Mark Askew

Askew, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, started his career…