- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - More than 750 paratroopers will drop from the sky in a military training event next week near Delta Junction.

The Army in an announcement from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson says the jump Wednesday afternoon will be part of a mass airborne assault training event known as a “Joint Forcible Entry Exercise.”

Most of the soldiers jumping will be from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the Spartan Brigade headquarters element.

They will jump from 11 C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force.

The jump will be the first of two airborne training events in Exercise Spartan Cerberus, a brigade-level field training exercise that begins Tuesday and concludes Oct. 28.

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