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5th Ranger Training Battalion take on Lake Lanier at War Hill Park
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SPC Kenny McQueen, left, has his parachute inspected by jump master Chaplain Bryce Wiltermood Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at War Hill Park. This is the ninth year the Rangers has organized the jump into Lake Lanier. - Photo by Scott Rogers
This is the ninth year Rangers have organized a jump that has become a local tradition each May for families and spectators who line the beach at War Hill Park to watch the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters soar overhead dropping the Rangers by parachute into Lake Lanier.  
Every year the Army Rangers at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega complete a water jump training drill to practice and strengthen their airborne proficiency. With 70 percent of the world covered in water, the water jump is an important training exercise in airborne infiltration.
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SFC Andrew Griffin, right, gets his parachute checked by SSG Wes Devlin Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at War Hill Park during the 5th Ranger Training Battalion water jump into Lake Lanier.
5th Ranger Training Battalion
Members of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion prepare for a water jump into Lake Lanier Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at War Hill Park in Dawson County. This is the ninth year the Rangers has organized the jump that has become a local tradition of sorts each May for families and spectators to line the beach at the park to watch the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters soar overhead dropping the parachuted Rangers into the lake below.
Army Rangers
Every year the Army Rangers at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega complete a water jump training drill to practice and strengthen their airborne proficiency. With 70 percent of the world covered in water, the water jump is an important training exercise in airborne infiltration.
5th Ranger Training Battalion
A member of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion splashes down in Lake Lanier Wednesday, May 8, 2019, during annual training at War Hill Park in Dawson County.
5th Ranger Training Battalion
Purple smoke marks the drop zone in Lake Lanier Wednesday, May 8, 2019, near War Hill Park in Dawson County during the 5th Ranger Training Battalion's annual water jump.