Fort Bragg-based paratroopers recently conducted weapons familiarization training with British paratroopers in Kenya, Africa as part of an international partner nation effort known as Operation Askari Storm.
During numerous training sessions, Paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division received training from 2 PARA 16 Air Assault Brigade British paratroopers on the use of a SA80 Assault Rifle and the Starstreak High Velocity Missile along with numerous maneuver and assault tactics.
The familiarization training is part of Operation Askari Storm, a multinational training exercise occurring in Kenya, Africa between US, British and other partner-nation forces to increase their cooperation and interoperability.
Artillery paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division conducted sling load operations and a live-fire exercise Oct. 24, 2018 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Paratroopers from Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment partnered with aviators from Company C, 2-82 Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade to conduct the complex air assault and live fire exercise.
The operation tested the paratroopers’ and aviators’ ability to integrate their capabilities while demonstrating their technical expertise and tactical capability to provide lethal fires.
CSM Teakell and I are extremely proud of Sgt. Clinton Scanlon and Sgt. William Shealy, both of 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and commend them on their team performance during the Intentional Sniper Competition held this week on Fort Benning, Georgia. They truly demonstrated the readiness, competency, and lethality of the Panther Paratrooper.
SGT Scanlon and SGT Shealy represented the entire 82nd Airborne Division at the grueling, multi-day competition testing every facet of their endurance, skill, and proficiency as precision marksmen. They performed well against many of the top sniper teams from the US and our partner nations, finishing 4th out of 32 teams.
When you see them, congratulate these outstanding 1P Paratroopers on a job well done.