Female Airmen, Soldiers Participate in Jump Exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Airmen and soldiers pay attention during a pre-jump mission briefing during a Joint Access Operation Exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 23, 2013. Female airborne engineers are accountable for the same equipment as their male counterparts. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
  • Army 1st Sgt. Bianka Lathan tightens her rucksack before participating in a jump mission during a Joint Access Operation Exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 23, 2013. Lathan, assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, is her unit's first female first sergeant. She recently graduated from jump master school.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Christine Phillips waits as fellow jumpers get their gear ready to participate in a jump mission during a Joint Access Operation Exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 23, 2013. Phillips is the only female jump-qualified airman in the 820th Red Horse Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Christine Phillips stands as airmen tighten her parachute harness during a T-11 parachute training class on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 23, 2013. The T-11 parachute is a bigger parachute than airmen from the 820th Red Horse Squadron usually use. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
  • Airmen and soldiers parachute to the ground during a Joint Access Operation Exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 23, 2013. Seventy airmen and soldiers jumped with eight pieces of equipment from a C-17 Globemaster. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Christine Phillips puts away a dynamic cone penetrometer after measuring the layers and hardness of soil on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 21, 2013. This measurement is one of the steps to determine if an airfield is safe for aircraft landings. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes