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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Canadian Armed Forces join U.S. Counterparts in SAREX

29 11 2013

SGT. JOEL DUNVILLE of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre prepares his parachute and drop bag for a jump into the scene of a simulated plane crash.
Image credit: Photo by Capt. Trevor Reid/19 Wing Public Affairs

Approximately 100 Canadian Armed Forces members joined their American SAR counterparts in the Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG), United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) to take part in the Arctic Major Air Disaster (MAJAID) Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) recently.

The six-day exercise served to test the collective response to a simulated airliner crash in the quickly-changing and hostile Arctic climate of North America.

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