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110209-F-FA171-282

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division sit strapped into a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft before they airdrop during the Joint Operational Access Exercise (JOAX) at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Feb. 9, 2011. JOAX is a two-week exercise that includes Large Package Week and Joint Operational Access. It includes the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 cargo aircraft and various other Air Force support assets such as security forces, contingency response group, and tactical air control party members. The exercise prepares Airmen and Soldiers to respond to world-wide crises and contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)

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Taken on February 9, 2011