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Paratroopers Compete for February Best Squad

Paratroopers from across the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division gathered Tuesday, February 12th to compete for the honor of the brigade’s Best Squad.

Over a series of stations on Fort Bragg, competitors demonstrated their physical endurance and grit, marksmanship under mental and physical stress, their medical knowledge, airborne proficiency and mental agility.

2-505th PIR Honors Fallen With Workout of the Day

Panther paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment honored two of their fallen heroes Thursday, February 7th.

Members of the battalion gathered to conduct a Hero Workout of the day in honor of 2nd Lt. Luke James and Staff Sgt. Lester Kinney, both killed January 27, 2004 near Iskandariyah, Iraq.

“You Want to Prove Yourself and You Want to Fight”

Fort Bragg Paratroopers ruck marched through the chilly January night in remembrance of their battalion’s fallen heroes and in honor of their distinguished heritage.

Paratroopers from the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conducted the inaugural “Vandervoort Mile” overnight from January 24 to 25.

Maj. Glenn Burkey, Operations Officer of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division reads a vignette describing the battalion’s participation in D-Day during the inaugural “Vandervoort Mile” on January 24.

“We’ve never done this before and you are starting a new tradition in the battalion. We are calling this the Vandervoort Mile and we want this to be a special event,” said Lt. Col. Graham White, the 2-505th PIR’s commander in his briefing to the Paratroopers.

From their battalion’s headquarters, 297 volunteers from the battalion began the 25.05 road march  with their weapon, body armor and packing list around 7:00 p.m. on January 24th. Along the route, leaders read vignettes highlighting historical events, past conflicts and elements of soldiering to participants as temperatures fell below freezing.

Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division tend to their feet and refuel at the midway point of the inaugural “Vandervoort Mile” on January 25.

“We want you to have decided to take part in this because you are part of the team, you want to sacrifice for the team, you want to honor the past, you want to prove yourself and you want to fight,” said White.

The ruck march commemorated the legacy of Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort, commander of the 2-505th PIR when it participated in the D-Day parachute assault into Normandy, France, ultimately breaking his ankle upon landing. Despite the pain, Vandervoort led the battalion through fierce fighting and the defense of the French town of St. Mere Eglise against vicious Nazi counter-attacks.

While commemorating the battalion’s distinguished history, the paratroopers also ruck marched in honor of the battalion’s fallen; 186 in WWII, 1 in the Dominican Republic during Operation Power Pack, 56 as part of the Golden Brigade in Vietnam, 22 during the Global War on Terror and 8 paratroopers killed in training.

Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat ruck march during the inaugural “Vandervoort Mile” on January 24.

The first 2-505th PIR paratroopers completed the “Vandervoort Mile” at 4:30 a.m.  on Friday, January 25th; taking a total of nine and a half hours to complete the teambuilding event. Two hundred and seventy-one finished the 25.05 mile trek and signed their names into a special ledger, solidifying their legacy in the battalion’s history.