Alaska Army Paratroopers Jump in Arctic Gear

16 12 2013

Spc. William Baker (left), an infantryman with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 1-40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, works to secure his equipment in preparation for follow-on movement after successfully exiting a C-130 Hercules Alaska Air National Guard aircraft Dec. 12, 2013 at the Malemute Drop Zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Baker and his unit exited the aircraft from the tailgate with a full arctic combat load, demonstrating their unique ability to rapidly deploy troops into arctic environments in response to a variety of contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith/Released)

JOINT BASE ELMDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – For the first time since returning from  Afghanistan last year, U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team  (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted an arctic airborne operation Dec.  12 from a C-130 aircraft onto JBER’s Malemute Drop Zone.

Paratroopers conducted a unique “tailgate” jump, donning the complete arctic  over-white winter uniform with ski equipment and the arctic sustainment packing  list as a rehearsal for upcoming airborne operations in northern Alaska next  year.

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