JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division -- also called the "Spartans" -- is enjoying a change of pace during the unit's annual Sparta Week.

In lieu of training, Sparta Week sees the families of more than 3,500 Spartans invited on base to see their soldiers' unique skills in action.

For Sgt. 1st Class Chris Rodrigues, a paratrooper with the 4/25, jumping is what he does.

"I've had full days of doing this and spend many, many hours trying to do this," Rodrigues said.

Tuesday's Sparta Week demonstrations, which saw Rodrigues join a group of 70 spot jumpers deploying from UH-60 Blackhawk flights, had special meaning to him. While he's already got more than 60 jumps under his belt, this is the first time his wife Tina has seen him do so.

"I've have never seen him jump before; this is my first time," said Tina Rodrigues. "I told him the other day that I thought he was so brave and that he can do that kind of stuff."

Designed to improve morale, Sparta Week is a chance to celebrate being a Spartan with both fellow soldiers and loved ones.

"I love jumping and it's great that she finally got to see," Rodrigues said.

As part of the week's events, the 4/25 is also remembering Spartans who died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.