FRIDAY FOTO (July 29, 2011)

July 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Sky Soldier’s View

(Defense Dept. photo by Staff Sgt. Travis Surber, U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Surber, a paratrooper with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team parachutes out of a C-130 Hercules heavy lift cargo plane in Ukraine. The airdrop was the first time for the 173rd Airborne BCT — nicknamed Sky Soldiers — Ukraine. They participated in a series of multinational exercises as part of Rapid Trident 2011.

Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations.

This year, Rapid Trident involves approximately 1,600 personnel. Besides the U.S. Army and Ukraine, participants are from Latvia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovenia, Canada, Poland, Serbia, Britain, Lithuania, Estonia, California. The Utah National Guard and U.S. Air Force Europe also took part.

The 173rd BCT participated in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit has also served two tours in Afghanistan. Surber, who took this eye-catching photo, is a member of Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. He and other Sky Soldiers of the 173rd jumped into Ukraine with British, Polish, Canadian, Moldovan and Ukrainian troops. To see a video of his jump — from his point of view — click here.

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Entry filed under: Afghanistan, Iraq, National Security and Defense, Photos, Skills and Training, Special Operations, Weaponry and Equipment. Tags: , , , , , , , .

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