Skip to comments.Prison tries to unravel invasion of mystery troops
Posted on 07/17/2007 10:17:32 AM PDT by DancesWithCats
CANON CITY, Colorado (AP) -- No, they weren't coming to the rescue. Military officials said 25 heavily armed parachutists who landed in a cornfield on the grounds of a Colorado prison last week were on a training mission but landed about 3 miles off target.
"Those were Special Operations Command forces conducting routine training," Army Col. Hans Bush, a spokesman for the command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, said Monday. He declined to identify the units that landed at Fremont Correctional Facility but said the target was Fremont County Airport.
The special operations troops, which could include Navy Seals or Green Berets, began dropping from the sky at about 4:50 a.m. Thursday. Guards on duty, who are trained to watch the skies following a helicopter escape in 1989 from a prison near Ordway, Colorado, held their fire after noticing the parachutists were soldiers.
Guards who stopped the men and asked for identification were presented with documents that identified them only as Defense Department employees, Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti.
"We don't know who they were and I'm not sure we'll ever know who they were," she said. "Everyone acted appropriately."
The parachute troops were armed only with rubber training bullets.
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Sounds like they need more training.
Once in awhile you miss the drop zone. My son busted a leg a couple of years ago at Bragg when they missed the drop zone and he landed in a tree.
Not buying this line.
Sounds like they did a HAHO jump and miscalculated because of the tricky winds around the area.
What do you want to bet the two inmates who managed to escape that night ... returned to their cells and told no one?
This really brings back memories. I was a working in a small Colorado mountain hospital about 30 years ago when a group of Green Berets were flown in to practice night parachute jumping in mountainous terrain. All of a sudden our little ER was full of men in camo with matching face paint and sprained ankles, knees and backs. That was my first experience at removing cactus needles from various parts of the human anatomy. The officer in charge was not especially happy with them! LOL
Well, sure. But a THREE mile miss!?
That said ... doesn’t inspire a whole lotta confidence
‘scuse my ignorance ... what’s a HAHO jump? And do you pronounce it Hey HO?
The lights are awful little from 12,500 ft. Get your calculated release point pick the spot and go. Hope you get the wind drift right and follow the low man.
Thats why it is training.
The world is a Drop Zone and everybody is sure to hit it sometime.
Just checked the map, as I went to high school in Canon City. Canon City actually has an airport! I always missed on the drive down from the Springs. That part of the world is not what people from Colorado would call “mountainous”. It’s one step above desert. Or eastern Colorado, for that mater.
It is also just north of the Supermax in Florence. If that weren’t there, I don’t believe there would be many guards awake at that time of night out there. But there are lots of rattlers out there, so maybe that’s it.
Sounds like a navigator will be getting downgraded. And the aircraft commander will take some flak.
High Altitude High Opening. It’s the most difficult way to hit a target because you’re suspended by the chute at the mercy of the wind for much longer than typical lalo jumps, or even the halo jumps the SEALS are known for.
hope this helps
In a typical HAHO exercise, the jumper will jump from the aircraft and deploy the parachute at a high altitude, 1015 seconds after the jump (typically at 27,000 feet or so). The jumper will use a compass or GPS device for guidance while flying for 30 or more miles. The jumper must use way points and terrain features to navigate to his desired landing zone, and along the way, must correct his or her course for changes in wind speed and direction; making for a tricky navigation problem. (from Wiki)
What’s the big deal? Those guys are in shape, they could probably do the 3 miles back to the drop zone in 15 minutes.:)
It brings back memories for me, too. A long time back, I remember the Monday after we lost a football game, scores of Cuban paratroopers landed at my high school. My history teacher thought they must have been way off course, but they shot him. Thankfully my brother Jed came back and picked me up, along with a few others. Got some supplies at old man Morris’ place out on the highway, then hid out in the mountains and fought a guerilla war. They were talking about dropping some Green Berets in to help us out in the springtime, but it never came to pass. Eventually that war, like all others wars, ended.
Or did I dream it all? Anyway, this story about paratroopers landing in Colorado reminded me of it. :0
"And I wanna know what silly SOB pushed the GO button NOW!!!"
About a year ago a couple of teams from the 3d SF Grp were doing a practice jump in the wee hours of the morning in NC and they landed on an Interstate. I had visions of the people driving down that interstate watching these guys coming down. Fortunately, nobody hurt.
I was wondering when someone would put together unknown parachutists, Colorado and “Red Dawn.”
10th Group less one Battalion which is in Germany is at Fort Carson CO.
Fortunately, these troops didn't drop on a school or somesuch nonsense. The kids would have needed grief counselors because they saw guns, the troops would have been excoriated in the press for looking, well, like troops, and the administrators would have all needed to change their panties.
That was a great movie to a 13 year old boy. I caught it on TNT the other night. It hasn’t improved with age, unfortunately.
Yes could easily have been a bloodbath! Good job, well done everyone!
Sounds like the movie “Red Dawn.”
I knew it had to be something, I don’t even have a brother Jed. :-)
I don’t get this .... ?? And the graphic isn’t showing until you hit ‘reply’ and then ... what is it?
Works on my 'Preview'; don't know what else to tell ya'.
The last guy out the door caught a gust of wind and almost ended up landing on the highway. The first two landed up on the airfield, but the third guy landed right beside the perimeter fence, about fifty feet from the road.
“or the Jedi.”
I’ve heard a couple of rumblings about them before. Any details?
and they were having to use night vision with waypoints and tricky winds.
nasty stuff..maps/waypoints/wind/and falling.
Okay. It’s showing up now. But ... what is it?
It’s called a ‘Butter Bar’, a 2nd LT, someone who went to school for 8 weeks to learn how to get you killed faster then the enemy ever could.
Ah!! LOL LOL Something my husband would have understood right off the bat, if it’s the same in the Marine Corps.
Some buddies and I used to ride back there to the
drop zone at Bragg to watch a big drop.It was amazing
As soon as they starting landing the ambulances began
picking up the injured.
Hope your boys leg wasn`t busted too bad.I sympatize
with a broke leg after getting one myself.Mine hurt