On Patrol


After walking through the Enter the War on Terror exhibit in the hallway connecting the Visitor and Education Center and Ridgway Hall, visitors emerge in the lobby area of Ridgway Hall. Located in this space, On Patrol builds off of experience of Soldiers arriving in theater, as is presented in the hallway exhibit. Immersive and interactive, On Patrol provides a glimpse of Soldiers' performing their duties in country. It showcases their experiences "outside the wire," during the conflicts of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The uniforms displayed on mannequins and large format photographs of each area help define the period, and the experiences of Soldiers deployed to both areas. Though the uniforms featured in the exhibit are tied to specific years, the experiences of patrolling through rural Afghanistan or urban Iraq resonate for Veterans of these campaigns, regardless of their dates of deployment. The exhibit concludes with a hallway of large format photos, showcasing units and families welcoming Soldiers home from their deployments.