Despite continuing to train for massed parachute jumps deep behind enemy lines, these days the 82nd Airborne usually moves into combat in helicopters or trucks. Analyst Barry Watts from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment calls the parachute mission "a leftover consequence of the glories of the 82nd and 101st [airborne divisions] in 1944," the year paratroopers dropped en masse into Nazi-occupied France.
Sorry, Mr. Watts, but the 82nd doesn't do all that expensive training just for historical purposes.
There are still potential situations under which an airdrop is the best, and fastest, solution.
As far as ACE knows, the 82nd is still the only Division which commits to having a brigade-sized force in the air, on its way to anywhere in the world, on 18 hours notice.