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).
Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry jump out of a CC-130J Hercules aircraft during an airborne insertion into the Oleszno training area of Poland as part of NATO reassurance exercises on July 11, 2014.
Photo: Sgt Bern LeBlanc, Canadian Army Public Affairs
Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.
The Familiarization Jumps conducted on Tuesday 29 July 2014 provided the international paratroopers an opportunity to learn about the procedures and equipment used by U.S. Airborne Soldiers.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rocco Caputo, assigned to the 56th Troop Command, Rigger Section, talks to a group of British and New Zealand paratroopers about the MC-6 parachute during Leapfest Airborne Competition July 29, 2014, in West Kingston, R.I. Leapfest is an airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the international airborne community.
Staff Sgt. Caputo talks to a group of British paratroopers.
Two Italian paratroopers assist one another as they put on the MC-6 parachute for a Familiarization Jump.
Staff Sgt. Justin Kelley, assigned to Charlie Company, 1/143rd Infantry (Airborne), assists two German paratroopers.
Two New Zealand paratroopers prepare to ‘cute up for their Familiarization Jump.
Two Canadian and two South African paratroopers rig their MC-6 parachutes.
Sgt. Mike Lessing, assigned to the 165th Quartermaster, Detachment 1, assists an Australian paratrooper.
LEAPFEST XXXI officially kicks off Saturday morning, 02 August 2014 – I will once again be on site to bring you a report and loads of photos.
All photos above by Sgt. Austin Berner, U.S. Army
Airborne Soldiers from around the world gathered in Normandy, France last month for the Anniversary of the Allied airborne drops that spearheaded the invasion on that “longest day” 70 years ago. Rangers travelled to Normandy and jumped from a Dakota onto the sacred ground of Normandy’s drop zones…
In this video we see some of the 68 Swedish Army Para Rangers, age 23 to 64, doing refresher training in Sweden and then jumping in Normandy to honor the airborne soldiers who fought for freedom all those years ago. For many of these guys, this was their first jump in more than 30-40 years. The Dispatcher (‘Jumpmaster’ in American jargon) seen in the video is the legendary Ian Marshal – of the Pathfinder Parachute Group.
Click on the picture below to jump to the video.
(hat tip to Alex Moodie)
Exercise “Tears of the Sun”, took place a couple of weeks ago in Toulouse, France, as a key interoperability exercise between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste (11e BP), which is at the forefront of closer military co-operation between Britain and France.
Both brigades are rapid reaction forces, held at high readiness to deploy on operations anywhere in the world. They form the Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (I-CJEF) for contingency operations, ranging from disaster relief to war fighting.