Canadian, U.S. Troops Join Poland In Airborne Training



Published on 08 May 2014


by Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

A combined airborne training operation is underway with U.S. forces and NATO partners Canada and Poland, a Pentagon spokesman announced May 6, calling it a further demonstration of the commitment to alliance security.

Army Colonel Steven Warren discussed details of the operation with Pentagon reporters.

About 100 paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with 35 Canadian paratroopers, kicked off a four-day combined airborne training operation with the Polish army’s 6th Airborne Brigade on May 5, Warren said.

The paratroopers linked up and loaded U.S. and Canadian aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and dropped near Krakow, Poland, he added.

The colonel said they completed the airborne drop and moved to Zagan Training Area to conduct combined infantry training.

This exercise was initially planned between the 173rd’s “Sky Soldiers” of 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, and the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade, he said.

The addition of Canadian paratroopers from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Warren said, further demonstrates U.S. and Canadian commitment to NATO security.

“The training will [provide] the opportunity for airborne forces from three NATO nations to increase interoperability at the battalion level and below,” he said.

 

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on May 6.


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Posted 2014-05-08 10:09:00