Pic of the Day – Before an Airdrop

US Army paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division sit strapped into a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft before they airdrop during the Joint Operational Access Exercise (JOAX) at Pope Air Force Base, NC, February 9, 2011. JOAX is a two-week exercise that includes Large Package Week and Joint Operational Access. It includes the 82nd Airborne Division, US Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 cargo aircraft and various other Air Force support assets such as security forces, contingency response group, and tactical air control party members. The exercise prepares Airmen and Soldiers to respond to world-wide crises and contingencies. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)

[Image courtesy of the US Air Force Flickr.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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