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Fort Bragg air assault school announces closure

Sgt. Drysthian Williams-Matos, an instructor with the DeGlopper Air Assault School, gives a rappelling demonstration during a multi-day Air Assault training event at Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 12, 2019.

HUBERT D. DELANY III/U.S. ARMY

By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: May 11, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — The DeGlopper Air Assault School on Fort Bragg is shutting down, officials announced through the school's Facebook page Friday.

"The decision to close the school involves funding and the reduction of borrowed military manpower on Fort Bragg," the Facebook pages states. "We are honored and privileged to have trained some of the most professional and lethal soldiers in the U.S. Army."

A spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps, which the school falls under, said the decision was made this week by Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps.

A page for the school on Fort Bragg's website states its purpose has been to "train soldiers in the conduct of air assault operations, sling load operations, rappelling operations from an aircraft and through mental and physical training to develop their leadership, self-confidence and aggressive spirit."

Officials recommended those wanting to attend air assault school consider the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Ky.; the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga.; or the Light Fighter School at Fort Drum, N.Y.

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