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Prison tries to unravel invasion of mystery troops
CNN Headline News ^ | july 17th, 2007 | DancesWithCats

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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KEYWORDS: highlytrained; oops; parachutists; prison; specialists; troops
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how embarrassing!!

1 posted on 07/17/2007 10:17:33 AM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats
A "training mission", huh?

Sounds like they need more training.

2 posted on 07/17/2007 10:20:06 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: DancesWithCats

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.


3 posted on 07/17/2007 10:21:13 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: DancesWithCats
The parachute troops were armed only with rubber training bullets.

Not buying this line.

4 posted on 07/17/2007 10:23:57 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: DancesWithCats

ooops


5 posted on 07/17/2007 10:24:21 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: DancesWithCats
Colorado, could be 10th Group or the Jedi.

Sounds like they did a HAHO jump and miscalculated because of the tricky winds around the area.

6 posted on 07/17/2007 10:24:26 AM PDT by BGHater (My Tagline will defend freedom.)
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To: DancesWithCats

What do you want to bet the two inmates who managed to escape that night ... returned to their cells and told no one?


7 posted on 07/17/2007 10:25:36 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: willgolfforfood
Sounds like they need more training.

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

8 posted on 07/17/2007 10:26:12 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: DancesWithCats
Only 3 miles off target? Give them fellers a medal!

Sincerely,

Katie Corrigan (Wrong Way's granddaughter)
9 posted on 07/17/2007 10:26:29 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson 2008. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter 2008 (VP) Lifetime ACU Rating: 92)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Well, sure. But a THREE mile miss!?


10 posted on 07/17/2007 10:27:02 AM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats
Three miles is not a whole lot for a HAHO jump... real easy to get carried w/ the right wind current ..

That said ... doesn’t inspire a whole lotta confidence

11 posted on 07/17/2007 10:34:19 AM PDT by SubGeniusX ($29.95 Guarantees Your Salvation!!! Or TRIPLE Your Money Back!!!)
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To: SubGeniusX

‘scuse my ignorance ... what’s a HAHO jump? And do you pronounce it Hey HO?


12 posted on 07/17/2007 10:36:23 AM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: willgolfforfood

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.


13 posted on 07/17/2007 10:43:51 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Airborne, the only way to get to work in the morning.)
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To: SubGeniusX

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.


14 posted on 07/17/2007 10:43:58 AM PDT by Blagden Alley
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To: DancesWithCats

Sounds like a navigator will be getting downgraded. And the aircraft commander will take some flak.


15 posted on 07/17/2007 10:44:25 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Run, Fred run! I will send my donation as soon as you announce.)
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To: DancesWithCats

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.


16 posted on 07/17/2007 10:45:27 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: DancesWithCats
High Altitude High Opening

Wiki on HALO/HAHO Jumps

hope this helps

17 posted on 07/17/2007 10:46:56 AM PDT by SubGeniusX ($29.95 Guarantees Your Salvation!!! Or TRIPLE Your Money Back!!!)
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To: DancesWithCats
First thing that comes to mind:


18 posted on 07/17/2007 10:48:52 AM PDT by Inquisitive1 (I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance - Socrates)
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To: DancesWithCats

In a typical HAHO exercise, the jumper will jump from the aircraft and deploy the parachute at a high altitude, 10–15 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)


19 posted on 07/17/2007 10:49:49 AM PDT by SubGeniusX ($29.95 Guarantees Your Salvation!!! Or TRIPLE Your Money Back!!!)
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To: DancesWithCats

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.:)


20 posted on 07/17/2007 10:54:31 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: mollynme

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


21 posted on 07/17/2007 11:00:10 AM PDT by Bluegrass Federalist (formerly FutureSenatorFromKentucky)
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To: DancesWithCats

"And I wanna know what silly SOB pushed the GO button NOW!!!"

22 posted on 07/17/2007 11:03:16 AM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Flying is like Life: Know where you are, where you're going, and how to get there." - 'Ol Dad)
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To: DancesWithCats

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.


23 posted on 07/17/2007 11:03:46 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Bluegrass Federalist

I was wondering when someone would put together unknown parachutists, Colorado and “Red Dawn.”


24 posted on 07/17/2007 11:04:13 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Ancesthntr

10th Group less one Battalion which is in Germany is at Fort Carson CO.


25 posted on 07/17/2007 11:05:25 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: DancesWithCats
Dangerous situation defused by people that kept their cool. Armed men dropping on a jail perimeter is never a good thing.

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.

26 posted on 07/17/2007 11:15:49 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Ancesthntr

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.


27 posted on 07/17/2007 11:18:50 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
Dangerous situation defused by people that kept their cool. Armed men dropping on a jail perimeter is never a good thing.

Yes could easily have been a bloodbath! Good job, well done everyone!

28 posted on 07/17/2007 11:21:16 AM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: Bluegrass Federalist

Sounds like the movie “Red Dawn.”


29 posted on 07/17/2007 11:32:24 AM PDT by orchid (Defeat is worse than death, you have to LIVE with defeat.)
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To: orchid

I knew it had to be something, I don’t even have a brother Jed. :-)


30 posted on 07/17/2007 11:48:50 AM PDT by Bluegrass Federalist (formerly FutureSenatorFromKentucky)
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To: Inquisitive1

I don’t get this .... ?? And the graphic isn’t showing until you hit ‘reply’ and then ... what is it?


31 posted on 07/17/2007 12:25:09 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats

Works on my 'Preview'; don't know what else to tell ya'.

32 posted on 07/17/2007 12:51:44 PM PDT by Inquisitive1 (I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance - Socrates)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
This past Saturday, I was driving up 31W through Fort Knox and I saw a trio of soldiers jump out of a Blackhawk over Godman Airfield. It was kind of hard to keep driving when you are rubbernecking like that, so I pulled over to the side and watched.

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.

33 posted on 07/17/2007 12:59:27 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: BGHater

“or the Jedi.”
I’ve heard a couple of rumblings about them before. Any details?


34 posted on 07/17/2007 1:04:34 PM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE Democrat! You'll look GREAT in Burqa!)
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To: SubGeniusX
maybe somebody on the deck was using these

and they were having to use night vision with waypoints and tricky winds.

nasty stuff..maps/waypoints/wind/and falling.

35 posted on 07/17/2007 2:03:59 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Inquisitive1

Okay. It’s showing up now. But ... what is it?


36 posted on 07/17/2007 2:18:23 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats

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.


37 posted on 07/17/2007 2:20:59 PM PDT by Inquisitive1 (I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance - Socrates)
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To: Inquisitive1

Ah!! LOL LOL Something my husband would have understood right off the bat, if it’s the same in the Marine Corps.


38 posted on 07/17/2007 2:24:14 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Some buddies and I used to ride back there to the
drop zone at Bragg to watch a big drop.It was amazing
to see.

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
for years


39 posted on 07/17/2007 2:37:10 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Fred Thompson for President)
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