Mass-tactical Airborne Operation

By Sgt. Michael J. MacLeodFebruary 28, 2013

First Sgt. Steven Laire, an engineer company first sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, inspects a paratrooper's parachute harness prior to an airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Laire is assigned to Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Sgt. Steven Laire, an engineer company first sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, inspects a paratrooper's parachute harness prior to an airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Laire is assigned to Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team prepare to board a C-17 Globemaster for a mass-tactical airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C.  Many of the paratroopers are carrying in excess of 100 pounds of gear.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team prepare to board a C-17 Globemaster for a mass-tactical airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C. Many of the paratroopers are carrying in excess of 100 pounds of gear. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Giant parachutes descend onto Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone after conveying Humvees and other heavy equipment to the ground during an airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Paratroopers will descend once the heavy equipment is safely on the ground.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Giant parachutes descend onto Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone after conveying Humvees and other heavy equipment to the ground during an airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Paratroopers will descend once the heavy equipment is safely on the ground. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team jump from C-130 Hercules aircraft during a mass-tactical airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The exercise is officially known as a Joint Operational Access Exercise; unofficially it is an airfield seizure.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team jump from C-130 Hercules aircraft during a mass-tactical airborne training exercise Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The exercise is officially known as a Joint Operational Access Exercise; unofficially it is an airfield seizure. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Col. Trevor Bredenkamp, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, retrieves his parachute after leading paratroopers out the door of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft as part of a large airborne training operation Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  More than one thousand paratroopers took part in the event.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Trevor Bredenkamp, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, retrieves his parachute after leading paratroopers out the door of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft as part of a large airborne training operation Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. More than one thousand paratroopers took part in the event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team form an LGOP, or little group of paratroopers, on the drop zone before moving to a rally point following a jump Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Paratroopers are trained to jump in day or night.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team form an LGOP, or little group of paratroopers, on the drop zone before moving to a rally point following a jump Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Paratroopers are trained to jump in day or night. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Artillerymen with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team prepare an M119A2 105mm howitzer for operation after parachuting it to a drop zone Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The artillerymen are assigned to 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Artillerymen with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team prepare an M119A2 105mm howitzer for operation after parachuting it to a drop zone Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The artillerymen are assigned to 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL