• Spc. Bryan Milner, E Co., 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, goes for a block during a volleyball game at the annual 1/325 Banner Day on July 23. The event promotes safety and allows troopers and family members to relax and have fun.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2BCT, 82D ABN DIV, PAO SPC)

    Banner Day Volleyball

    Spc. Bryan Milner, E Co., 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, goes for a block during a volleyball game at the annual 1/325 Banner Day on July 23. The event promotes safety and allows...

  • Staff Sgt Jordan Earles, 42nd Military Police Detachment, K-9 Section, prepares for a demonstration with an MP working dog at the annual Banner Day for 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82D ABN DIV on July 23. The event is for troopers and family members to relax and have fun and promotes safety.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2BCT, 82D ABN DIV, PAO SPC)

    K9 team at work

    Staff Sgt Jordan Earles, 42nd Military Police Detachment, K-9 Section, prepares for a demonstration with an MP working dog at the annual Banner Day for 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82D ABN DIV on July 23...

  • Paratroopers from B Co. (green) and C Co. (red), 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, play football at the annual 1/325 Banner Day on July 23. The event promotes safety and allows troopers and family members to relax and have fun.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2BCT, 82D ABN DIV, PAO SPC)

    Banner Day football

    Paratroopers from B Co. (green) and C Co. (red), 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, play football at the annual 1/325 Banner Day on July 23. The event promotes safety and allows troopers...

  • Brianna Rhem plays soccer at the annual 1/325 Banner Day on July 23. Brianna's father, Sgt. First Class Connie Rhem, is with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The event promotes safety and allows troopers and family members to relax and have fun.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, 2BCT, 82D ABN DIV, PAO SPC)

    Paratrooper in training playing soccer

    Brianna Rhem plays soccer at the annual 1/325 Banner Day on July 23. Brianna's father, Sgt. First Class Connie Rhem, is with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - For Paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division, life can be pretty intense. So when the opportunity comes to take a break and have some fun, it's a special occasion.
Members of the 82nd's 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Red Falcons, participated in the battalion's annual Banner Day on July 23. The event gave troopers an opportunity to have fun with their families and get to know the Soldiers they work with while taking a break from training.
There were many events for the Soldiers and family members to enjoy: softball, flag football, volleyball, soccer and tug-of-war.
Soldiers agreed that the annual celebration is a morale booster and a good way for families to get involved in battalion events.
"It's nice for the kids, too," said Staff Sgt. James Gresham, of C Company.
Gresham refereed the kid's soccer game which his sons Jacob and Caleb played in.
Members of the 42nd Military Police Detachment, K-9 Section, gave a demonstration with the MP working dogs.
Sgt. Jessica Lech with the K-9 Section donned a bite suit which protects against a dog bite while training the dogs to attack.
She agitated the dog and ran, but didn't get far before he caught up to her and took her down.
Two volunteers, 1st Sgt. Brian Knight, of D Company, and Sgt. First Class Manuel Lopez, of Headquarters Company, also wore the suit to try their luck against the trained canine. Their attempts were no better.
The day was also an opportunity to teach Soldiers to think before they act, said Command Sgt. Major Richard Clark, the Battalion Sgt. Major for the Red Falcons.
"The main objective is to promote safety," Clark said.
Troopers wore "beer goggles" which impair the wearer's vision similar to when a person has been drinking. They then had to maneuver a tractor through a driving course without hitting any cones.
"The goggles are weird," said Spc. Stephen Milner, of B Company, who hit one cone on the course.
"You don't think the world looks like that when you're drunk," Milner said.
Sgt. Major Jack Love, the operations sergeant major for the battalion, coordinated the event.
"Paratroopers have hard jobs," Love said. "This gives them a break."

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