Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Matthew E. Winstead (US Army Alaska Public Affairs)
A paratrooper lands in the snow on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska's Malamute Drop Zone. The execution of a safe and fluid parachute landing fall is essential to a successful airborne mission. The parachute landing fall technique is designed to safely distribute the impact over five points of contact on the jumper's body. Standing landings, even in deep snow, are never authorized.