U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and Moldovan Special Forces Battalion soldiers board a Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules as part of o multinational airborne training at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, April 10, 2015. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the Army contingency response force in Europe, capable of projecting ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central commands areas of responsibility within 18 hours. (U.S. Army Photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/released)
George Shenkle, World War II veteran and former U.S. Army Soldier with the Easy Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, reacts as U.S. Army Soldiers parachute over the historic La Fiere drop zone near Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy, France, June 7, 2015, to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of D-Day. More than 380 U.S. service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units participated in the 71st Anniversary air drop as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 71. The task force, based in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, is supporting local events across Normandy, from June 2-8, 2015, to commemorate the selfless actions by all the Allies on D-Day that continue to resonate 71 years later. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)
Lt. Col. Kyle Reed (foreground left), commander of 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, presents an award to a soldier from the Ukrainian national guard's 3029th Regiment during a Fearless Guardian graduation ceremony June 13, 2015, in Yavoriv, Ukraine. Paratroopers from the 173rd Abn. Bde. are in Ukraine for the first of several planned rotations to train Ukraine's newly-formed national guard as part of Fearless Guardian, which is scheduled to last six months. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Skripnichuk, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)
A mortarman with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade makes adjustments to his 81-millimeter mortar system during Fearless Guardian April 25, 2015 in Yavoriv, Ukraine. The 173rd Airborne Brigade will train several battalions of Ukraine's newly-established National Guard over a six-month period at the request of the Ukrainian government. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Skripnichuk, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)
A young French spectators eagerly claps and awaits for two Paratroopers as they come off the drop zone following the commemorative jump by airborne forces into Normandy France for D-Day 73.
Paratroopers from across the armed forces and NATO jumped into Normandy to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day.
U.S. Army Paratroopers watch the airborne operation on Iron Mike II Drop Zone in Normandy, France on June 4, 2017. Paratroopers from across the armed forces and NATO jumped into Normandy to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day.
Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez of the 173rd Airborne Brigade conducts pre-jump training on June 3, 2017 in Normandy, France. The airborne operation on June 4, 2017 commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the largest multi-national amphibious landing and airborne operation in history. Overall, approximately 400 U.S. service members from units in Europe and the U.S. are participating in ceremonial D-Day 73 events from May 31 - June 7, 2017
Saber Junction 20 kicks off at Hohenfels Training Area
Saber Junction 20 kicked off as helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit transported 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldiers for an infiltration assault into the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 10.