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10th SFG(A) conducts water airborne ops


Photo by Spc. Eugene Winfrey. A Soldier from 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) enters the water after parachuting from a CH-47 helicopter above Chatfield Reservoir near Denver, Nov. 29.

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

Sixty Soldiers from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Carson took to the skies and water to conduct airborne operations at Chatfield Reservoir near Denver, in late November.

“Our scuba (Operational Detachment Alpha) ‘A Teams’ have certain training certifications that require them to conduct airborne jumps into a water environment,” said Lt. Col. Steve Osterholzer, 10th SFG(A) Public Affairs officer. “Fort

Carson does not have a lake that meets requirements, so we worked closely with Chatfield State Park to conduct this valuable training.”

Chutes filled the skies over the reservoir as jumpers exited the CH-47 Chinook helicopter and splashed down into the cold water below. With a water temperature of 44 degrees and ice along the shore, wet suits were every bit as important as the chutes, he said.

In conducting the training, 10th SFG(A) continues to remain ready to conduct unconventional warfare operations around the globe, ready to answer the nation’s call, Osterholzer said.

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