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European Paratroopers Association: OPERATION WINTER STORM 2017

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From The History Department: WWII U.S. 10th Mountain Division In Italy

Department of Defense, “CLIMB TO GLORY” (1945)

The Big Picture recounts the history of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy, from the division’s arrival in Italy to the capture of Riva Ridge and Mt. Belvedere.

From The History Department: “Special Forces” – The Big Picture 1962

“Distinguished motion picture, stage, and television star, Mr. Henry Fonda, is the host-narrator for this issue of THE BIG PICTURE – which turns its attention to the soldiers of the Special Forces.”

“From the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to an exciting Special Forces Training Mission high in the Bavarian Alps, THE BIG PICTURE audiences will find this release timely, entertaining and informative!”

The film looks in particular at the 10th Special Forces Group.  The 10th Special Forces Group is responsible for operations within the EUCOM area of responsibility, as part of the Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR), as well as parts of Africa and the Middle East.  10th SFG was formed on 19 June 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under the command of Colonel Aaron Bank. The Group was split in 1953, with one half being sent to Germany, while the other half remained at Fort Bragg to form the core of the 77th Special Forces Group.

In 1968, the majority of the unit transferred to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with the exception of 1st Battalion, which remained in Germany. Between 1994 and 1995, 10th SFG moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, which remains its current home.

10th Special Forces Group began training with unconventional warfare groups from friendly countries in the 1960s, beginning with NATO allies. The Group has also trained various components of the militaries of several Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, as well as Kurdish tribesmen. Units of the 10th SFG have participated in humanitarian missions to the Congo, Somalia, and Rwanda. 10th SFG was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 during the First Persian Gulf War. The 10th SFG has been heavily involved in the War on Terrorism, deploying to Georgia, North, West, and Central Africa, Afghanistan, and to Iraq.

(Hat tip to former 10th SFG member Ken G. for alerting us to the video)

Friday Foto

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4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Paratroopers walk to a rally point after an airborne training jump onto Malemute Drop Zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 3, 2016.

United States Air Force photo by Justin Connaher.

Exercise ‘Colibri 2016’

Since 1962 French and German paratroopers have been meeting up and conducting the multi-national ‘COLIBRI’ (hummingbird) airborne forces exercise.  This year’s exercise also featured participation from Spain, the US and UK.

General Eric Bellot Mineral, Commander of the 11e brigade parachutiste, pins French jump wings on an American soldier from HHB 4-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.

General Eric Bellot Mineral, Commander of the 11e brigade parachutiste, awards French jump wings to an American paratrooper from 4-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.

The exercise began with the troops cross-training on the different nations’ equipment – and getting the chance as well to earn each other’s national jump wings.  Led by the soldiers of the French Army’s 11th Parachute Brigade, the force of approximately 1,000 airborne troops from France, Germany, the US, Spain and the UK moved into the tactical operation phase of the exercise.

French paras of 8e RPIMa dropped into Camp de Caylus using a new type of parachute.

French paras of 8e RPIMa dropped into Camp de Caylus using a new type of parachute.

Troops were dropped from French and US aircraft at the military camp of Caylus (Tarn-et-Garonne).  They then proceeded to secure and enlarge the air head, and move out into attacking and securing key objectives to enlarge the area under their control – thus enabling follow-on forces to land and build up a forward operating base for further combat and stabilization operations.

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