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Fort Bragg air assault school announces closure

Sgt. Peter Evangeliste, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, steps into thin air over Pike Field, Fort Bragg, Oct. 2. The repelling event signifies the final application of technical learning for the inaugural Fort Bragg Air Assault School. The new school, which started this month, offers another way to distinguish and enhance leadership skills for Fort Bragg Soldiers above and beyond the traditional airborne skill set the post in known for. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Crail, XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

The DeGlopper Air Assault School on Fort Bragg is shutting down, officials announced through the school’s Facebook page Friday.

“The decision to close the school involves funding and the reduction of borrowed military manpower on Fort Bragg,” the Facebook pages states. “We are honored and privileged to have trained some of the most professional and lethal soldiers in the U.S. Army.”

A spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps, which the school falls under, said the decision was made this week by Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps.

page for the school on Fort Bragg’s website states its purpose has been to “train soldiers in the conduct of air assault operations, sling load operations, rappelling operations from an aircraft and through mental and physical training to develop their leadership, self-confidence and aggressive spirit.”

Officials recommended those wanting to attend air assault school consider the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia; or the Light Fighter School at Fort Drum, New York.

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