Category Archives: Airborne Operation

3rd Brigade Lieutenants Compete for Janney Cup

Junior officers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division recently participated in a competition honoring the memory of a young officer killed in World War II.

Lieutenants assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division competed in the Janney Cup competition April 24 and 25 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina in honor of 1st. Lt. Richard Janney. Janney was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and completed two World War II combat parachute jumps into Sicily and Salerno before he was killed when his vehicle ran over a landmine north of Naples.

The multi-day competition tested the junior officers’ physical endurance by starting off with a Ranger Physical Assessment Test at Fort Bragg’s Towle Stadium. After completing the five-mile run, Lieutenants cycled through three events; a written test, marksmanship and a two-mile kit run to navigate obstacles along the All American Mile.

The second day of the Janney Cup required the Lieutenants to complete a timed 12-mile ruck march through Fort Bragg training areas with a 35lb packing list. After the ruck march, the junior officers proved their airborne proficiency and tactical knowledge during the Warrior Stakes lanes.

The top five Lieutenants then donned their dress uniforms and went before a board consisting of the brigade’s senior leadership to demonstrate their knowledge of the profession of arms.

Panther Recon Spouses Earn Spurs

Recon paratroopers and families gathered at Fort Bragg’s Pike Field Thursday, April 18, 2019 to conduct a Spouse Spur Ride.

The Spouse Spur Ride consisted of a series of events helping spouses of paratroopers understand the daily duties of their paratrooper and the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Cavalry.

The first event required paratroopers to apply camouflage to their spouse’s face before they departed to conduct simulated convoy operations.  Next, the spouses returned to Pike Field to perform a physical fitness session before learning more about the various weapons, vehicles and equipment employed by a Recon Squadron in the 82nd Airborne Division.The day concluded with a formal “Spurring” of the Spouses where they received Silver Spurs in honor of their completion of the Spur Ride and their dedication to supporting their paratrooper.