State of Memorial May 22, 2021

Sky Soldiers and friends, On May 22, the Memorial Foundation held our annual face to face meeting here in Columbus, GA. It was great to see everyone again since we did not meet last year due to COVID-19 precautions. We held our business meeting, conducted an onsite Memorial inspection with the grounds keeper and electrical […]


Throughout mankind’s history, when the need arose, individuals have stepped forward to safeguard objectives that warriors have obtained. Their organizations have been called various names and have assumed vastly different structures, but they served a common purpose – they are Guardians! In 2011, a group of Sky Soldiers stepped forward and formed the 173d Airborne […]

Sky Soldier Evolution

Evolution is a marvelous phenomenon that we daily see in multiple aspects of our universe. However, the products of evolution can sometimes create confusion. This is often the case with the three organizations that support Sky Soldiers and their families under the Sky Soldier umbrella. What started as a social gathering of fewer than 50 […]

In Memoriam

Karen K. Riester: Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, 2010 – 2018; Director of Protocol and Gold Star Coordinator. Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, 2006 – 2016 Craig D. Ford:  RTO – 1964 – 1966; Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, 2006 – 2018. Foundation Treasurer Don Dali: Combat Medic – 1964 – 1966; Memorial Foundation Board of […]

503d Infantry Regiment Marker

The Board of Directors of the 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation takes pleasure in announcing that the 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne) marker featuring the familiar blue and while Regimental Crest now proudly stands on the National Infantry Museum’s Walk of Honor adjacent to the 173d Airborne Brigade National Memorial. The 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment was […]

The Brigade’s 50th Anniversary

On March 26, 1963, an experiment began that would change the lives of generations of warriors, their loved ones and our Army. It was the birth of the first, and only, separate Airborne Brigade in the United States Army. It was led by a soldier who both understood and appreciated the strategic value of a […]