Stirred awake in the middle of the night, thousands of paratroopers flooded Fort Bragg to draw a rifle, don a parachute and prepare for a simulated combat jump.
The soldiers quietly focused as they grabbed their parachutes and started the tedious process of hooking up the heavy equipment. Jump masters moved around Green Ramp to inspect each piece of equipment, running their hands across helmets and tugging at straps underneath the paratroopers’ legs to ensure they were properly fastened.
It may be just a drill this time, but the soldiers recognize they’re always on standby to jump into hostile, foreign land to intervene in catastrophes.
“We could be used at any time,” said infantryman Spc. Garrett Blankenship. “Our readiness affects the team, it affects the integrity of the operation.”
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170729/82nd-airborne-division-demonstrates-grit-ability-to-rapidly-deploy
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