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Staff Sgt. Travis Surber, a native of Franklin County, Va., and a paratrooper with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team’s Battle Company of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, parachutes out of a C-130 Hercules Transport Aircraft and into the Ukraine sky. This marks the first time the “Sky Soldiers” of the 173rd have jumped in Ukraine and they’ll be training and conducting multinational airborne operations, a situational training exercise and a field training exercise here from through Aug. 5 as part of Rapid Trident 2011. Rapid Trident 2011 is a U.S. Army Europe led, multi-national exercise taking place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, strengthen international military partnering and foster trust while improving interoperability between participating nations. Rapid Trident 2011 involves approximately 1,600 personnel. In addition to the U.S. Army Europe and Ukraine, participants include: Latvia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovenia, Canada, Poland, Serbia, the U.K., Lithuania, Estonia, California and Utah National Guard and U.S. Air Force Europe. Rapid Trident supports interoperability among Ukraine, the United States, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. This exercise will help prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, integrated environment with host-nation support from civil and governmental agencies. Rapid Trident is a part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program, designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations. The exercise also supports Ukraine’s Annual National Program to achieve interoperability with NATO and commitments made in the annual NATO-Ukraine work plan. The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team is one of the U.S. Army’s most highly decorated units having particularly distinguished itself during the Vietnam War and having produced 15 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients including Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
U.S. Army Europe
Date Taken:07.26.2011
Location:YAVOROV, UA
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BloodRavens1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
All Airborne jump out of the plane NOW
ArtAdmirer1-75th Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
"HOOOAH!" Fantastic Shot & Superb description! Thank you for sharing MilitaryPhotos!
KINGRIEVOUS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Very good picture :)

Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
cristapeters Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Franklin Co. is my neck of the woods. I'm from Martinsville, VA. Nice photo! My fiance' is an Airborne Ranger veteran.
BontaKun117 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Easily one of the best experiences I've ever had. Not claiming to be SSG Surber, mind you, just saying that I've been through Airborne school and the jumps are AMAZING. Thanks for posting this so that I could remember that feeling.
bugman300 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a hell of a way to die!
cwm355 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Outstanding photo.... head tucked, feet and knees together. good exit... feel jerk of chute opening. reach up grab raisers, pay attention to other jumpers in the air. as you get closer to the ground prepare to release your equipment and execute a Perfect 5 pt Parachute Landing Fall. retired SFC (Jumpmaster) 7th SFG, ft bragg NC. God bless you and our Brothers in arms.. stay safe and alive!!
RenzNbeRger Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Excellent pic. I love being airborne. 1st 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Ft. Benning GA. home of the rangers. I pack chutes for airborne schools and always enjoyed jumping.
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