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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A paratrooper is treated for injuries after his jump at the Malemute Drop Zoneon Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Paratroopers jump from a C-17 Tuesday. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News An injured paratrooper is transported to a waiting helicopter at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers move a howitzer from its packing materials on the ground at the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News An injured soldier is moved toward a support vehicle during the training exercise. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Spc. Estevan Rodriguez participates in the training exercise. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A howitzer is unpacked as other paratroopers land on the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers jump from a C-17. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee carries his gear on the ground. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Paratroopers drift toward the ground Tuesday. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Pvt. Kody Hunter gathers his parachute on the ground. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Paratroopers exit a C-17. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Bryant Lamay prepares to launch a balloon to assist in gathering weather information. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers on the ground look for incoming aircraft. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Spc. Randolph Meyers packs his parachute on the ground. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Equipment is dropped from a C-17. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A C-130 kicks up dust on the Malemute airstrip. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A paratrooper is treated for injuries after his jump at the Malemute Drop Zoneon Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Paratroopers jump from a C-17 Tuesday. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News An injured paratrooper is transported to a waiting helicopter at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers move a howitzer from its packing materials on the ground at the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News An injured soldier is moved toward a support vehicle during the training exercise. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Spc. Estevan Rodriguez participates in the training exercise. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A howitzer is unpacked as other paratroopers land on the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers jump from a C-17. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee carries his gear on the ground. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Paratroopers drift toward the ground Tuesday. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Pvt. Kody Hunter gathers his parachute on the ground. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Paratroopers exit a C-17. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Bryant Lamay prepares to launch a balloon to assist in gathering weather information. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Soldiers on the ground look for incoming aircraft. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Spc. Randolph Meyers packs his parachute on the ground. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Equipment is dropped from a C-17. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A C-130 kicks up dust on the Malemute airstrip. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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