By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Margie Rodriguez, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs
STUTTGART, Germany (June 7, 2015) – East Coast-based Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) attached to Naval Special Warfare Unit TWO (NSWU-2) performed a military free fall at the beaches near Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France, June 7.
Eighteen members made the historic jump alongside partner forces from United States Europe Command (EUCOM) and Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) to commemorate the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious military assault in history.
“It was cool to link up with our Special Forces brothers from SOCEUR and Air Force counterparts from EUCOM,” said an NSW member. “It was awesome to be on that BZ and bear witness all of the American and French supporters and veterans.”
Hundreds witnessed these military free falls from a C-130 at almost 12-thousand feet. Free falls and static line jumps were performed in honor of the sacrifices made from paratroopers who jumped into France during World War II. A wreath laying ceremony ended the celebration.
“To think, 21 years ago allied nations came together and fought for freedom on these very lands,” said another NSW member. “Now I am honored to be here as a part of this historic event.”
Commemorative ceremonies began May 24 and ended June 8.