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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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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :jawdrop:
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doughnutjam Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
spectacular :)
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BloodRavens1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
All Airborne jump out of the plane NOW
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ArtAdmirer1-75th Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
"HOOOAH!" Fantastic Shot & Superb description! Thank you for sharing MilitaryPhotos!
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KINGRIEVOUS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GOOD GOD!!!!
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Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Very good picture :)

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Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
*invite
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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.
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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.
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bugman300 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a hell of a way to die!
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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!!
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:iconrenznberger:
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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Rache1911 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a different view, Great photo!
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Cyb007 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow photo
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:iconquick-step:
Quick-Step Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Fantastic picture and a wonderful endeavor!
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:iconkelliechan:
Kelliechan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
0o0...................i forgot to blink........its a awesome picture!!!!!!!!
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:iconfredbaman:
FredBaman Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Just looking at this picture makes me feel dizzy. XDD
Amazing picture though. :heart:
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:icontheloneducky:
TheLoneDucky Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   General Artist
I suppose that's one way to take a break and lounge around.
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:iconrekalnus:
Rekalnus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gives "put your feet up" a whole new meaning!
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:icontheloneducky:
TheLoneDucky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   General Artist
:rofl: You just gave me my laugh for the day.
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:iconcommander-jao:
Commander-jao Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This photograph really is something else
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:iconchinahx:
chinahx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
woooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! C-130
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:iconigarcia:
igarcia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heck yeah! Get some!
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:icononesimpleclick:
OneSimpleClick Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Love this! : D Love the sense of depth it has.
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:icondarkproxy:
DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I see no point in jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft
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:iconalexandergras:
alexandergras Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I see no point in getting off the perfectly good ground.
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:icondarkproxy:
DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
True
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IceannaMagnus1995 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Cool!
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vicky-the-squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woohooo!
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candlejack1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
weeeeeeeeeeee!:happybounce:
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:iconmadvillan:
Madvillan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Friggin' awesome, as always
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MasterxZealot Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
This is fantastic! The Hercules is one of my favs and i love the military! :]]
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LtGodzilla Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
I'm from Serbia. I love this.
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Mesheme Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Lazeboy?! this is like a Lazeboy rekliner all you need now is a beer and a TV and your in your living room. Rilly Rilly cool pix.
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RaideR24 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol, yeah
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:iconwoomba:
woomba Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
was this the work of a GoPro HD?
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emo-ninja-kid Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In her last few years working at the river port in Nikolayev, Ukraine, my mother's duty as one of the dock managers was to make sure that British Marines and their kit safetly got on and off their ships when they arrived for combined training in the area outside my home city. It's great to see everyone is back in my 'motherland' enjoying themselves again! XD Can't wait to join them.
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ReXspec Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Writer
1-503rd1 HHC here! "HOSTILE!"
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LoN3WolF396 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooo! That's awesome!
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Reminds me of the time I did a static line jump out the side of a C-141.
I always wanted to tailgate out the back of an aircraft. I've it's so much more fun when you can simply run out of the plane. :lol:
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:iconquick-step:
Quick-Step Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Do you feel much vertigo at first or does that not kick in till you are closer to the ground?
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
At first yes. Once I had the chance to look down and see the ground way far down below me, I momentarily freaked out until I looked up and saw the massive canopy of my chute above me. Then I knew I was okay and I began focus on what I was supposed to be doing.
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thedanishboy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh this picture reminde me of my first time jumping out of a plane good lord i was scared
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Me too. :lol: But damn what a rush it was.
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:iconthedanishboy:
thedanishboy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yeah i felt like i was on drugs when i landet i doubt that i will ever have such rush felling again
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DaemonAngel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow :D
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Choupinet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
God I hate when I wake up and I realize that I am in the air jumping from a perfectly safe plane, yet again.
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:iconwolfprime:
wolfprime Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
AWESOME!

I wonder where my old pics are . . .
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:icondekenicki:
DekeNicki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
My husband is in the 173rd!! Wonderful shot!!! Now I have a better idea what he goes through!!!!
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Intrepid8142 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. :)
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