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P6 Sends – 75th Anniversary of our First Star of Valor

Panther Paratroopers, Family and Friends

Today, we honor the 75th Anniversary of the 505th PIR and 307th AEB’s first Star of Valor – Operation Husky. On 9 July 1943, at 1930 hours, the first of 226 planes carrying the paratroopers departed their airfields in Tunisa enroute to Sicily. There, they would conduct the first regimental-sized combat parachute jump in U.S. Army History.

Due to many factors, most of the paratroopers missed their assigned drop zones and the regiment was widely scattered. Throughout the night and well into July 10th, 505th PIR and 307th AEB paratroopers wreaked havoc on their enemies while fighting towards “Objective Y;” a series of 16 concrete pillboxes. Of the 3407 paratroopers of the 505th PIR who jumped, 424 were wounded or killed by the end of Operation Husky.

On the ground, the paratroopers fought with tenacity and aggressiveness. Their training in small unit tactics, eagerness to close with the enemy and universal understanding of the mission resulted in success.

Of Operation Husky, Gen. Gavin wrote “Here, in Sicily, he [Paratroopers] proved the hard way that vertical envelopment at night was feasible and almost impossible to stop, that the American trooper has the mental and physical courage to try anything, asking and expecting no odds.”

Take time today to learn more about Operation Husky. The heritage of the American Paratrooper, one you are building today, rests on the foundation laid by these brave Troopers.

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The Panther Family Welcomes Lt. Col. Aaron Cox and his Family!

The Panther Family is happy to welcome Lt. Col. Aaron Cox as he assumes command of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion and his family!  Cox assumed command of the battalion Wednesday, June 20th during a Fort Bragg Ceremony.

We also bid a bittersweet farewell to Lt. Col. Donald Crawford and his family and wish them well as they begin the next chapter of their lives!

Cobalt Paratroopers Challenge Bodies and Minds

Paratroopers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion challenged their minds and bodies during a battalion physical training event on Fort Bragg’s Pike Field on June 12th.

Numerous stations during the event tested the Cobalt Paratrooper’s physical strength and endurance while others hosted by the Fort Bragg R2 Performance Center tested their mental agility.