173rd Airborne Brigade jumps into combat drills in Slovenia

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U.S. paratroopers practiced jumping into combat scenarios and conducted live-fire drills during the Eagle Sokol exercise in Slovenia this past week.

Approximately 500 soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade joined with their Slovenian counterparts for the exercise, which concluded Wednesday.

The rapid deployment exercise tested the soldiers’ ability to assemble forces, get into a fight fast and maintain cohesive battlefield operations, officials said.

The brigade is billed as the U.S. Army’s contingency response force in Europe, charged with quickly projecting forces throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East in an emergency.

During the training, the soldiers practiced small unit tactics, and conducted day and nighttime airborne assaults, including offensive and defensive maneuvers.

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