Opening ceremony at Standschützen Kaserne Kranebitten.
As of December 2012, Austria took over the EU lead in terms of mountain training and education.The conceptual term for this initiative is called “Pooling and Sharing (P&S) Mountain Training Initiative (MTI)”. The Edelweiss Raid competition is conducted under the auspices of this initiative and is designed to be the ultimate challenge for mountain infantry to test their skills and share their knowledge, tactics, tips and procedures with regards to high-alpine, winter warfare.
The Swiss team sorting out their gear upon arrival.
First a little back-story… Last Christmas Eve, Santa Claus received many disturbing signals that bad green lizard-goblins were trying to destroy Christmas. There were dozens of reports of them robbing people’s Christmas stockings- stealing from them things like tactical folding knives, backpacks, and various other pieces of tactical and survival equipment. In the place of the stolen items they put, tight pants, razors, pink wool sweaters, perfume, flowers, and other stuff intended to make men weak…
After painstakingly gathering all the evidence and analyzing footage from tapping into cameras in laptops, smart phones, tablets and carefully hidden in childrens’ toys, the record clearly showed that the evil goblins usually robbed red Christmas stockings.
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).