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Fayetteville's Airborne & Special Ops museum resumes normal hours

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

After months of operating on a restricted schedule, the Airborne and Special Operations Museum will begin normal operating hours this month.

The museum, which normally was open Tuesday through Sunday, cut back to a Friday through Sunday schedule in April. Automatic cuts to the federal budget, known as sequestration, caused cut back in hours.

The return to regular hours is a result of an agreement between the Army, which owns the museum, and the city of Fayetteville. The city agreed to take over custodial duties at the museum at a reduced cost for the Army.

"The ASOM Foundation can't stress enough how much we appreciate the entire community for their continued support during these difficult times," said Paul Galloway, Executive Director of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation.

Museum hours will now return to the following:  

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
  • noon – 5 p.m. Sunday

The museum is also honoring a local Medal of Honor recipient who died in December at age 82. There is now a life-sized mannequin of Cpl. Rudy Hernandez on display in the foyer.

The museum hopes to include it in a larger exhibit later this year. That exhibit will explain how Hernandez stopped an enemy advance during the Korean war.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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