A plane passes over a darkened drop zone at Fort Bragg. Paratroopers are jumping from the plane and you can see their parachutes inflate as they float to the ground.
This video was taken through the lens of night vision goggles.
Urgency sets in as these U.S. paratroopers work together to lay their M777 howitzer securely into a firing position in nearly complete darkness.
They know soldiers on the ground are waiting on them, depending on them to provide swift, meticulous fire support.
Staff Sgt. Kyle Shannon, the howitzer section chief, knows his crew is exhausted. They've spent hours lugging around heavy equipment and sprinting across the drop zone to prepare their howitzer.
Despite fatigue, reduced visibility and limitations on how much noise they can make, the crew has the howitzer laid and ready to fire in about an hour.
"We're support for everybody," Shannon said. "If we can't get rounds down, people can die. Or, they'd have to find another way to provide support, like aircraft, but they don't need to do that. We can do it."
Artillerymen of C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Division Artillery regularly conduct training to drop their M777 howitzer and jump behind it. The battery is part of a battalion that is one of just three airborne battalions in the continental U.S.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/artillerymen-train-to-provide-swift-fire-support-in-battle/article_def4b4c4-8c53-596e-83fc-f4525c46e40c.html
Above photo: A parachute rests on the ground as paratroopers continue to float from the aircraft to the drop zone.
Below photo: A crew from 82nd Airborne Division Artillery sets up their howitzer after dropping it and jumping from an aircraft during a nighttime training exercise at Fort Bragg.
These photos were taken through the lens of night vision goggles.
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