Our design is dedicated to those troopers that every year take away from their training schedules to conduct police call, mow the grass and mop every square inch of polished floor on Fort Bragg.
Each year at Fort Bragg they celebrate the many accomplishments of the 82nd Airborne Division with a pass and review, a division run and a full week of events. But prior to that week of events, comes the most terrifying part of being assigned to Fort Bragg.... Operation Clean Sweep.
The 'Operation' is basically a code-name for everyone enlisted (and some officers that aren't lucky enough to have something else to do) to grab a road guard vest, some scratched up goggles, figure out where the unit equipment is located and begin 'area beautification'. This doesn't include a simple police call around your unit area - this is on a massive scale.
We remember one year some genius wanted every sign on post the same height and color so we spent the good portion of that week driving around with brown paint and a tape measure - it was such great training.
The crowning achievement of one year was for us to get online at Holland Drop Zone along with a Battalion size element in a police call formation - at that point being escorted by vehicles, we walked the length of the DZ picking up every piece of cotton webbing, packing tape and cardboard that was dropped from every aircraft since the last clean sweep a year before. It took 2 full days and countless trips to the dump to remove all the debris. The highlight was finding lost paratrooper equipment to include helmets, watches and anything else that would fly off of an Airborne Trooper...
Welcome to Fort Bragg - now get out there and make it beautiful! Airborne all the way!