Category Archives: Community Relations

Panther Recon Paratroopers Volunteer at Urban Ministry

Panther Recon paratroopers and their family members from the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment spent their Saturday morning volunteering at a local Fayetteville Ministry.

The paratroopers and family members spent the morning of Saturday, September 8th volunteering at the Fayetteville Urban Ministry.

Organized by the Battalion Chaplain, Capt. Oleksandr Ishchuk, the volunteer effort focused on completing much-needed yardwork around the building and interior painting.The volunteer effort strengthened the existing partnership between the Fayetteville Urban Ministry and 5-73 CAV while preparing the building and grounds for the holiday season.

Panther Brigade Honors First Mass-Tactical Parachute Operation

Fort Bragg paratroopers and residents of South Carolina gathered in Camden, South Carolina on Thursday, March 29 to commemorate an event proving the 82nd Airborne was a viable concept in battle.

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and Kershaw County residents celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first mass parachute drop, an event largely seen as the proof-of-concept of large scale parachute operations in World War II.

The original jump occurred Monday, March 29th, 1943 and involved the entire 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment along with elements of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Led by then-Col. James Gavin, the paratroopers jumped from more than 120 C-47 aircraft before assaulting a nearby bridge over the Wateree River.

“The training exercise not only proved mass-tactical parachute operations were feasible and could be successful, it provided the men of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment valuable training before they departed the United States for the European Theater where they would conduct four Regimental-sized combat jumps; Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Holland,” said Col. Gregory Beaudoin, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

A ceremony including a wreath-laying by members of the community commemorated the event which also honored WWII veterans present and their family members.