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A soldier watches as 170 Airborne soldiers from 2nd of the 503rd Airborne Regiment descend near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan 15.
A soldier watches as 170 Airborne soldiers from 2nd of the 503rd Airborne Regiment descend near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan 15. (Courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Landry, 114th MPAD)
A soldier watches as 170 Airborne soldiers from 2nd of the 503rd Airborne Regiment descend near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan 15.
A soldier watches as 170 Airborne soldiers from 2nd of the 503rd Airborne Regiment descend near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan 15. (Courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Landry, 114th MPAD)
Three C-130s drop soldiers of the 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan. 15. The drop began the month-long Operation Rapid Guardian 03-1 exercise, signifying NATO's ability and will to protect the people of Kosovo.
Three C-130s drop soldiers of the 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan. 15. The drop began the month-long Operation Rapid Guardian 03-1 exercise, signifying NATO's ability and will to protect the people of Kosovo. (Courtesy of Spc. Matthew Lang, 114th MPAD)
Sgt. Christopher Shelton, Spc. Thomas Meneses, and Spc. Ivan Mendez of HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) provide security during Operation Rapid Guardian held near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan 15.
Sgt. Christopher Shelton, Spc. Thomas Meneses, and Spc. Ivan Mendez of HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) provide security during Operation Rapid Guardian held near Klina, Kosovo, on Jan 15. (Courtesy of Spc. Christopher Gookin, 114th MPAD)

Soldiers from the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) proved Wednesday that a little snow isn’t going to keep them from performing a mission.

About 140 soldiers, mostly from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, jumped into Kosovo during Rapid Guardian ’03 — a mission rehearsal that the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vicenza, Italy, conducts a few times a year.

In July, soldiers jumped from planes from the 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Air Base during one of the hottest days of the year. This time, a few inches of snow awaited them.

“The air was super clear,” said Capt. Mike Bush, a spokesman for Multinational Brigade-East. “It was a beautiful day.”

Lt. Col. Tom Collins, a SETAF spokesman, said no major injuries were reported and that soldiers would stay in the province for up to a month.

He said the jump was more a mission rehearsal than an exercise. SETAF is one of the units charged with reacting quickly to a crisis anywhere in the U.S. European Command theater of operations.

Soldiers from several other countries participated in the action. The U.S. troops jumped into an area near Klina in the Multinational Brigade-Southwest sector. A Spanish force had secured the area on the ground and U.S. Apache helicopters based in Germany had the air secured.

U.S., German and Swiss helicopters then carried the troops into the U.S. sector of Kosovo, where they will conduct patrols and other missions alongside American and allied forces.

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