AIRBORNE OPERATION DEC. 12, 2017

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, prepare to board a U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft at Aviano Air Base in preparation for airborne operations onto Juliet Drope Zone in Pordenone, Italy Dec. 12, 2017. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projecting ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Commands' areas of responsibility. (U.S. Army Photos by Paolo Bovo)