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One of sixty-four museums operated by the United States Army, this museum includes exhibits related to the origins and history of the U.S. Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, and predecessor organizations from the colonial period to the present. The museum is open to the public.


  • The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum explores the history of the Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations Regiments.

The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School was established in the early Cold War period of the early 1950s. In 1960, counterinsurgency operations training was added to the curriculum. In 1962, the Special Warfare Center established a special training group to prepare enlisted volunteers for special operational missions or assignments. The Advanced Training Committee was created to improve and try operations in which to practice infiltration methods.
 
The JFK Special Warfare Museum, like other U.S. Army Center for Military history museums, is where new soldiers and others who are able to come onto this military installation can learn about the soldiers and organizations of the past. Exhibits highlight World War I, the First Special Service Force, the Office of Strategic Service, Detachment 101 in World War II, the Korean conflict, Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The role special forces have played in peacetime is explored as well.

"John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum." U.S. Army. Accessed January 31, 2018.  http://www.soc.mil/SWCS/museum.html.