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Paratroopers jump into training mode

By Shannon Ballard 7:58 PM July 21, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

More than 400 paratroopers filled the skies over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday.

It was part of a joint training event with members of the U.S Air Force from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

Two C-17s were sent up to Alaska to train with the 4-25 airborne combat brigade.

The partnership is all about increasing proficiency during an airfield seizure or airborne assault.

“We try to have them as often as we can because air crews need training and so do the paratroopers,” said Col. Matt McFarlane, commander of the 4-25. “It’s a perfect union of meeting our certification requirements, us for exiting the aircraft, them for delivering us out of the aircraft.”

The Spartan paratroopers will jump again on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you want to see them jump, they’ll also be filling the sky this weekend during Artic Thunder.

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