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.
Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division recently vied for the honor of Best Squad in a competition held August 21 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Panther paratroopers completed maintenance-focus tasks like changing tires on a Humvee and performing vehicle recover before conducing a more than four-mile forced march to a FBNC range. At the range, paratroopers completed a written test evaluating their knowledge of Army regulations and operations before conducting a live-fire stress shoot.
The 3BCT paratroopers then completed team-focused cognitive test evaluating their mental agility to use PVC piping to build a cube a teammate could pass through. After completing the cognitive test, the 3BCT paratroopers completed the Best Squad Competition by conducting another forced march back to their starting point.
A squad of paratroopers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion emerged victorious from the competition. On average, the Cobalt paratroopers earned a better score on each station while finishing the forced-marches in competitive times.