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Chopper guide

     With 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. p. 144

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