Fort Bragg-based paratroopers and British paratroopers recently conducted day and night live fire exercises in Kenya, Africa.
Paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conducted the live fire exercises along with British paratroopers from 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade in Kenya, Africa in mid-November, 2018.
The live-fire exercises were part of Operation Askari Storm, a multinational training exercise occurring in Kenya, Africa between U.S., British and other partner-nation forces.
The training focuses on increasing the readiness and interoperability of the participating forces while placing them in tough, realistic scenarios against simulated near-peer adversaries.
Fort Bragg-based paratroopers recently concluded an intensive training exercise requiring them to test what may be the U.S. Army’s next step in Mission-Command technology.
Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in cooperation with the Joint Modernization Command, recently executed Network Integration Exercise 18.2 from late October to early November 2018.
“The best way to test a paratrooper and his or her equipment is to replicate the demanding crucible of ground combat,” said Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. “NIE provided the brigade an excellent environment to evaluate the Army’s future Mission Command Systems and associated technologies, with the purpose of creating shared understanding and enabling the BCT to be more lethal”.
Network Integration Exercise, spearheaded by JMC, examines concepts and capabilities addressing three of the six Army Modernization Priorities – Soldier Lethality, Long-Range Precision Fires and the Future Network.
“Our main objectives are to facilitate the execution of operationally realistic warfighting assessments for over two weeks and assess multi-domain operations while obtaining feedback from paratroopers on the ground,” said Rodger Lemons, Chief of Strategic Plans at the JMC.
The exercise’s keystone concept focused on equipping 3rd Brigade paratroopers and units with emerging technology and equipment while setting them through a series of combat scenarios. Those using the equipment were then encouraged to provide candid criticism of the shortfalls and benefits of the technology.
“Paratroopers on the ground are able to give developers immediate feedback,” said Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford, the Army’s chief information officer. “This allows the Army to move away from the monolithic programs of record and move into a more iterative approach that allows us to keep up with technological advancements.”
We are pushing towards a culture of innovation and the role these Paratroopers are playing is a game changer, continued Crawford.
Airborne Engineers from the 82nd Airborne Division tested their mental agility and physical endurance Aug. 28, 2018 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Paratroopers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team participated in an “Amazing Race” style contest, testing their ability to solve problems while under physical stress.
The battalion divided into teams by birth month and set off to visit as many stations as possible throughout the brigade’s area on Fort Bragg. Stations required the paratroopers to solve a mentally and physically-demanding task to earn points.
At one location, paratroopers closed their eyes, randomly grasped the hands of two separate teammates and untangled themselves into a circle. Another event required a blindfolded paratrooper to navigate through a course while receiving verbal instructions from his partner.