by SSgt Evelyn Chavez

U.S. Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), conduct a sustained training at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec. 6, 2011. The 173rd ABCT soldiers reviewed all performance points required when preparing for static line jumps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Evelyn Chavez/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I've learned so much about joint operations from working with the Soldiers of the Army Airborne. No one puts more emphasis on drilling routine to perfection than these combat ready professionals. Infinitely patient, they're always ready when the jumpmaster finally gives the call to do what they've trained for.