Paratroopers are seen from the air after exiting from a CH-47 helicopter during “Leapfest XXXI” on Aug. 4, 2014. Leapfest is an Airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the International Airborne community.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Horace Murray, 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne).
Snipers from 16 Air Assault Brigade’s infantry units came together on the Stanford Training Area (STANTA) in Norfolk this week (6-9 May). As well as hitting targets at ranges of up to 1,200 metres by day and night, the snipers were tested on close quarter shooting, stalking and their observation and concealment skills.
Among the soldiers taking part were snipers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, based at Tern Hill in Shropshire, and Colchester-based 2nd and 3rd Battalions The Parachute Regiment and The Pathfinders.
Snipers fulfil a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets. They work in pairs, with the more experienced acting as the spotter, using high quality optics to sight targets and judge wind and elevation to guide the shooter, who is equipped with the powerful and accurate L115A3 rifle.
Leapfest, the international military parachuting competition sponsored by the Rhode Island Army National Guard is on!
It was cancelled last year due to sequestration but this year it is back – and its got a spiffy new website as well…
The Unofficial World-Championships for Mountain Troops, the “Edelweiss Raid 2013″ was an international competition with teams from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic. Montenegro also sent three soldiers as observers under the context of the Partnership for Peace (PfP).
Besides being a competition, “Edelweiss Raid” is also a training exercise for military operations in the high mountains and combines athletic performance with military operational tasks. It particularly challenges those skills that are different from normal infantry. Mountaineer groups with a strength of eight men tackle two days of operations in high alpine terrain that includes a marching distance of 40 kilometers with climbing at 4,200 meters altitude.