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US, Romanian and Bulgarian Forces initiate multilateral exercise

Marines with the Combined Arms Company, Black Sea Rotational Force and Romanian Forces conduct patrols during Platinum Lion 16-2 at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Jan. 8, 2016. Exercise Platinum Lion provides combined training with NATO Allies and partners, demonstrating our commitment to promoting a peaceful and stable Europe through theatre security cooperation engagements.

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff

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Australian Army soldiers from the second rotation of Task Group Taji have continued the hard work of Rotation 1, delivering ongoing training to the Iraqi Army during the handover between the two rotations of troops.

TG Taji Rotation 2 members, who completed the handover from Rotation 1 in mid December, have sustained training in urban clearances, explosive hazard awareness training, medical and live fire practices in the early stages of their rotation.

The Iraqi Security Forces continue to be trained by Task Group Taji personnel from Australia and New Zealand at the Taji Military Complex in Iraq as part of the broader international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission. The training includes weapon handling, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques; as well as training in the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for squad through to company-level operations to use in their fight against Daesh.

Task Group Taji’s BPC contribution is part of Australia’s broader Defence contribution to Iraq, codenamed Operation OKRA, which includes a Special Operations Task Group and an Air Task Group.

1st Joint Public Affairs Unit, Australian Army

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An Australian Army soldier from 1st Commando Regiment jumps from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft during their annual certification parachute jump into the waters off Manly Beach as part of Exercise Red Pegasus.

Personnel from the Sydney based 1st Commando Regiment conducted parachute training into the waters off Manly Beach on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2015, as part of Exercise Red Pegasus.

The training was conducted to ensure the regular and reserve personnel serving within 1st Commando maintained currency as part of their Commando skills.

The role of the 1st Commando Regiment is to maintain and sustain collective and individual special forces, specialist personnel and special operations capabilities to conduct, command, support and reinforce Special Operations.

The training was enabled by Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft and military watercraft.


1st Joint Public Affairs Unit, Australian Army

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French and Gabonese paratroopers execute an airborne operation during exercise ‘Central Accord 2016’ at Pointe Denis in Gabon, June 23, 2016.  The U.S. Army Africa’s exercise ‘Central Accord’ is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Audrequez Evans

How A Small Group Of Canadian Paratroopers (probably) Saved Denmark From Soviet Occupation

Here’s an interesting piece of WWII history that I saw on Facebook recently…

“By May 1945 the war in Europe had finally started to wind down. Yet for the men of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, there was one final mission to complete before they were relieved. Due to increasing tensions between them and the USSR, the Western Allies recognized that they had to take as much German territory as they could before the Soviets arrived.


…the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, or 1CanPara, had been fighting almost nonstop since 6th June 1944. After jumping into Normandy, the men fought through the rest of the French Campaign. They were then used as support in the Battle of the Bulge. And in April 1945, were a part of the final Rhine crossing: Operation Varsity.


Shortly after Varsity that the unit got orders to march north to Wismar. Wismar is a city on the Baltic coast of Germany. It sits at the northern end of a chokepoint between the sea and Lake Schweringer and is a transportation hub. Winston Churchill recognized the city’s importance and knew that if it fell into Russian hands too quickly it could allow them to advance far past the agreed upon lines set up at the Yalta conference and take most of Northern Germany and even Denmark.”

Read the rest of the story at War History Online.

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