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the landing zone of a combat assault secured and declared "green," a Sky
Trooper guides in the birds of secondary lifts. Soldiers on the chopper
stand on the skids ready to hop off as soon as the chopper nears the ground.
Why? Because a "green," LZ can quickly turn into a "hot" one, and so the
helicopters are not unnecessarily risked by allowing them to linger on
the ground in unfriendly territory.
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