30 Jul '15, 10pm

The #USArmy Airborne School plans to celebrate its 75th birthday in style:

The #USArmy Airborne School plans to celebrate its 75th birthday in style:

FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 29, 2015) -- Fort Benning will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Army Airborne School with jumps from six aircraft by approximately 290 personnel Aug. 15 onto Lawson Army Airfield. "Normally we jump onto Fryar Drop Zone, but the very first jump was on Lawson Army Airfield, where we take off," said Capt. Jesse Sheehan, battalion operations officer, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. "It's pretty unique to be able to jump the same location as the very first jump 75 years ago." The first official Airborne Infantry jump was made on Aug. 16,1940, less than 50 days after the Airborne Infantry test platoon was organized, from a Douglas B-18. 1st Lt. William T. Ryder, the test platoon's platoon leader, and Pvt. William N. "Red" King were the first to make this jump as official paratroopers for the U.S. Army. In honor of K...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/152972/Airborne_School_return...

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