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Advanced Premiere of U.S. Release of Documentary: Black Hawk Down – The Untold Story to be Shown at The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

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Twenty-five years ago, two Army Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. Soldiers died during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. On October 15, beginning at 7:15 p.m., an advanced premiere of U.S. release of the documentary Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story of the Battle of Mogadishu will be shown at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the heroic actions of the Soldiers from Task Force 2-14 (10th Mountain Division). These Soldiers, who were deployed to Somalia to support United Nations humanitarian operations, demonstrated extraordinary courage, skill, and discipline as they fought their way through the streets of Mogadishu, and into a “baited ambush” to rescue the 99 men from Task Force Ranger—special operations troops who were surrounded by more than 1,000 well-armed hostile forces.

This film describes the role that Task Force 2-14 played in the rescue of the 99 Rangers and Delta operators.  Task Force 2-14 was comprised of 341 Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division, 16 Rangers, and 8 Delta operators — not how it was portrayed in the film and in several books. This new interpretation of the 18 hour battle is why the documentary is called “the untold story.”

However, the documentary tries to add another interpretation to this complex story. All U. S. forces who fought on and above the streets of Mogadishu on 3-4 October 1993 were heroes. 

After 25 years, the soldiers from 10th Mountain Division deserve to have their story told.

This documentary film is based on numerous written accounts from participants, command post logs, official after-action reports, and interviews with more than 30 soldiers involved in the battle, including:

         all senior commanders, many NCOs, and enlisted men from TF 2-14

         senior Delta operator in the battle

         liaison officer between TF Ranger to TF 2-14

         commander of the special operations helicopters

         10th Mountain Division Assistant Commander

 

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe. 

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.6 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

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