National Airborne Day is observed every year on August 16. Designated by the United States Congress, National Airborne Day honors the nation’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces. This special military day was created in 2001 by President George W. Bush (43rd President United States).
The first official Army parachute jump was at Ft. Benning, Georgia on August 16, 1940. The first successful jump validated the innovative concept of providing military ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute (troops and equipment). These ‘air’ soldiers represent some of the most elite and effectively trained military forces in the United States Army and now United States Marines.