Fort Bragg-based paratroopers and British paratroopers trained to patrol and react to simulated enemy contact 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.
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.
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.
Throughout 2018, Paratroopers of this Brigade Combat Team accomplished tremendous feats with the professionalism and expertise America expects of the 82nd Airborne Division.
During All American Week, you dominated the entire competition with 1Fury earning the title as best battalion. Later, you successfully and seamlessly transferred the Global Response Force Mission to the Falcon Brigade. Recently, you demonstrated the technical and tactical expertise of the Brigade at Network Integration Evaluation 18.2 at Fort Bliss.
In teams and individually, members of the Brigade embodied the grit, tenacity and lethality of the American Paratrooper. Mortarmen from 1-505th PIR won the Army’s Best Mortar Competition for the second year in a row, Staff Sgt. Drew Lehman from 5-73 CAV brought the honor of Division Jumpmaster of the Year to the Brigade, Spc. Christian Caudle from 2-505th PIR was named the Division Soldier of the Year, Staff Sgt. Miguel Mattias from 5-73 CAV was co-victor in the Division Best Medic and there are many more who distinguished themselves.
As we enter the Holiday Block Leave period, Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I want to reinforce this should be a time of rest, enjoyment and reflection. This leave period is set aside for us to appreciate the company of loved ones and friends at an unhurried pace.
In quiet moments, I encourage you to reflect upon your personal and professional achievements while fortifying your resolve to make 2019 your best year yet.
Celebrate responsibly and indulge sensibly – even during this holiday season, you are a member of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; expected by our nation to jump, fight and win on any drop zone in the world.
Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I remain humbled and honored to lead this exceptional brigade of All American paratroopers.
We wish you safe travels, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Col. Art Sellers, Brigade Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell, Brigade Command Sergeant Major