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US paratroopers bring artillery from above

U.S. soldiers with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team parachute down during training at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

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By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 15, 2017

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team parachuted to the ground and assembled artillery pieces Thursday in preparation for exercises next month.

After jumping from a C-130J Super Hercules, the soldiers readied and fired 105 mm Howitzers to practice providing indirect fire.

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“This type of training helps the battalion ensure it is ready, able and proficient if called on to deploy and provide indirect fires in support of the 173rd and/or NATO,” said Maj. Michael Centola, executive officer of the 173d’s 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.

The 173rd is the most-forward deployed light infantry brigade combat team in Europe. It serves as the Army’s airborne contingency response for any threat to European safety.

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U.S. soldiers with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team prepare a 105 mm Howitzer during training at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.
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