About 70 paratroopers with the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate from Fort Bragg conducted a proficiency training “water jump” into Lake Auman on Thursday. 

Immediately prior to the exercise, directorate commander Col. Brad Mock and Sgt. Major Kyle Margelofsky performed a flag raising ceremony at the lakefront home of World War II veteran Arnold “Ray” Lambert.

Neighbors gathered on land and boat to witness the event, keeping a safe distance due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ben Benjamin played ‘To the Color’ on a 1923 cornet.

— Photos by David Sinclair/The Pilot

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