A Tradition of Airborne Excellence

Walter, Keith
April 2005
Soldiers;Apr2005, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p24
Focuses on the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD), a subcommand of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Missions of the ABNSOTD includes aerial delivery of equipment and testing of new parachutes, parachute components and related equipment intended for use by airborne soldiers; Contention of the author that assignment to the unit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all nominated soldiers; Details and conditions in earning the certificate of a test parachutist; Challenges for test parachutists.


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