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Recon Paratrooper Recognized for Volunteer Excellence

The Panther and Recon Family congratulates Staff Sgt. Newborn of Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment on earning the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award!

Staff Sgt. Newborn of Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment after being awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Newborn has completed over 400 hours of volunteer work in the local communities surrounding Fort Bragg, spending much of his free time coaching youth basketball, baseball and football.

March Best Squad

Paratroopers from across the brigade competed Tuesday, March 19th in the monthly Best Squad Competition.

This month’s competition required participants complete a demanding 8-mile course wearing their body armor and helmet and carrying their assigned weapon.

The course took participants to the very top of Fort Bragg’s Coolyconch Mountain and back with stations along the way testing their medical knowledge, communication skills and mental agility.

 

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.