After safely landing from an airborne operation over Sicily Drop Zone, American paratroopers marched in formation, waiting for the next command from their Dutch jump master.
The jump master paced in front of the group, lauding the paratroopers for their successful jump and landing.
“Congratulations from Dutch paratroopers,” he said, before awarding pins of Dutch wings to each soldier. “The U.S. and the Netherlands work together, not just in training, but deployments. We’re coalition partners and really proud to be coalition partners with the U.S.”
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Hundreds of paratroopers thriving on energy drinks and adrenaline filled Green Ramp early Friday, clutching ticket stubs as an announcer rattled off a six-digit number.
When soldiers heard their numbers called, they sprinted to claim a coveted spot on a flight with a foreign jump master. If no one claimed the spot, the crowd collectively screamed, “Scratch!,” a signal to move on to the next ticket.
Regardless of who got a spot, children hoping for a cheerful Christmas were the big winners.
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A flurry of foreign paratroopers filled a shed at Camp Mackall as they grabbed American equipment and rigged themselves ahead of a jump with American paratroopers to kick off the weekend’s airborne operation — the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop.
A mix of Spanish, Italian and German languages lingered throughout Camp Mackall on Thursday as paratroopers from eight countries practiced rigging American equipment and rehearsing airborne operation drills on American aircraft. Beginning Friday, the foreign paratroopers flip their role to serve as jump masters on airborne operations for American paratroopers as part of Toy Drop.
“It’s fun to have a different experience with other countries,” said Master Corporal Remy Collin, a Canadian Armed Forces paratrooper.
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