In November 2015, I traveled to Zaragoza, Spain to report on the Army's involvement in the largest NATO exercise since 2002.
The 82nd Airborne Division sent about 500 paratroopers from its 2nd Brigade Combat Team to participated in the exercise.
The paratroopers were tested on their abilities to deploy rapidly, rig their parachutes on a moving aircraft and jump (known as a joint forcible entry) into spain.
The exercise was important because Spain will be spearheading NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in 2016. The United States could be called to deploy as part of that force, working alongside Spain.
At left: Photographer Andrew Craft and I on board a C-17 flown by a crew from the 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The crew flew about 70 paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 508th parachute infantry regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division to Zaragoza, Spain.
Below: I wrote three stories from the embed in Spain. The package was featured in the fayetteville observer on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.