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Snow Chutes

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A CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew prepares the aircraft for an early morning departure from Buckley Air Force Base, in Aurora, Colo., Dec. 10, 2008. The helicopter crew, assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, is flying to Fort Carson, Colo., to give paratroopers assigned to 10th Special Forces Group, Airborne, a platform to perform joint airborne operations with Dutch troops.
All photos are U.S. Army photos taken by Staff Sgt. Liesl Marelli, Colorado National Guard


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Paratroopers board a Colorado Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter on Fort Carson, Colo., Dec. 10, 2008. The soldiers, assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, Airborne, will conduct airborne operations from the ramp of the aircraft under the command of a Dutch Special Forces jumpmaster and a 10th SFG static jumpmaster. The purpose of the airborne operation with Dutch Special Forces is to familiarize the American paratroopers with the jump commands of a U.S. ally to ensure interoperability.


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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Edwin Thompson, a flight engineer assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard 's 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, looks for a designated drop zone from the ramp of a Colorado Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter over Fort Carson, Colo., Dec. 10, 2008. The Colorado National Guard crew teamed up with 10th Special Forces Group, Airborne, and Dutch Special Forces to conduct airborne operations.


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Paratroopers conduct airborne operations from a Colorado Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, over the snow-covered terrain of a drop zone on Fort Carson, Colo., Dec. 10, 2008.

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