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US, British Paratroopers Train to Patrol, React to Contact

Fort Bragg-based paratroopers and British paratroopers trained to patrol and react to simulated enemy contact in Kenya, Africa.

A paratrooper from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment scans for a simulated enemy after receiving notional contact while conducting a training patrol alongside British paratroopers of 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade on November 28, 2018 in Kenya, Africa.

Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and paratroopers from 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade conducted a series of training exercises centering around patrolling operations and react-to-contact scenarios November 27 and 28, 2018.

Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment conduct a training patrol alongside British paratroopers of 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade on November 28, 2018 in Kenya, Africa.
A paratrooper from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment uses a hand signal to communicate while conducting a training patrol alongside British paratroopers of 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade on November 27, 2018 in Kenya, Africa.

The scenarios were part of Operation Askari Storm, a multinational training exercise occurring in Kenya, Africa between U.S., British and other partner-nation forces.

A paratrooper from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment motions towards an objective to a while conducting a training patrol alongside British paratroopers of 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade on November 28, 2018 in Kenya, Africa

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.

Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment scan for a simulated enemy after receiving notional contact while conducting a training patrol alongside British paratroopers of 2PARA, 16 Air Assault Brigade on November 28, 2018 in Kenya, Africa.

A Vietnam Thanksgiving Message

Below is the Thanksgiving Day 1968 message issued by Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling Jr., then-commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division while it was deployed as the Golden Brigade to combat operations in Vietnam.

“Thanksgiving Day, 1968 will be one that few of us in the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division will ever forget. Almost every man in the brigade will put in a full day’s work, and most of that work will take place in the rice paddies and river-mud of our area of operations.

Though there may appear to be little thankful for, I think we can all be more than grateful that we are citizens of a great nation built on the principle of freedom. When you return home, you will all realize that there is no greater honor, no greater feeling of accomplishment than being a part of the citizen group that must defend that freedom. Ever man in this brigade will be able to stand tall with pride as he remembers the hardships of his tour in Vietnam.

I shall do everything I can to make your Thanksgiving Day as pleasant as the tactical situation will permit. During the day, I shall give thanks for the honor of serving with the All American troopers of the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division. I shall also give thanks for the knowledge that your effort this year will guarantee a happy Thanksgiving for you next year – and for your children in the years to come.”
ALL THE WAY
Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling’s Thanksgiving Day 1968 message to members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Vietnam as part of the Golden Brigade.

Tonight’s the Night! Come Celebrate at our Trunk or Treat!

Tonight is the night!  Come enjoy a free, family-friendly celebration of the fall season and Halloween holiday at the 3rd Brigade Trunk or Treat!

 

A map of the night’s festivities. Click to download a full-size one onto your device.

Enjoy trunk-or-treating, a haunted aid station, games and a killer pot-luck this evening!

The Panther Family Potluck is tonight! Click to learn more.

Festivities begin at 5PM and last until 8PM.  We hope to see you there!