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5th Ranger Training Battalion Annual Water Jump Set For May 9

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion will conduct its annual Water Jump from War Hill Park into Lake Lanier on May 9. If inclement weather prevents the execution of the jump on May 9,  the jump will be changed to May 10. 

The Water Jump is an airborne operation in which soldiers from the 5th Ranger Training Battalion parachute from Georgia Army National Guard helicopters and land in Lake Lanier. This training enhances the morale of the unit, builds soldiers’ proficiency in airborne operations, and develops law enforcement and emergency medical service inter-agency capability.

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion and local emergency services will have representatives conducting training and rehearsals from 1-5 p.m. May 8 at War Hill Park. Community members and park visitors are asked to remove all vehicles from War Hill Park’s boat ramp and boat ramp parking lot before 9 a.m. May 8. The boat ramp and parking lot will be closed by Dawson County Parks & Recreation on the afternoon of May 8. The event also may delay boat traffic on Lake Lanier on May 8, 9 and possibly10 to ensure the safety of parachutists and boaters alike.

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