Archive for September 3, 2010
Tight Fit on a Tight Ship
OK, the Navy prefers to use the term “boat” for a vessel this small, but since this an Army photo we thought we’d take some liberties in the headline.
Here we see soldiers, from Foxtrot Company, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (82nd CAB), preparing to storm a lakeside beach at Fort Bragg, North Carolina during waterborne operations training last week. Fort Bragg is the home of the 82nd Airborne Division, which in 2006 began reorganizing in the Army’s new brigade structure. Foxtrot Company is a pathfinder unit in the 82nd CAB’s 2nd Battalion. Pathfinders are specially-trained airborne troops inserted or dropped into place to set up paratroops and supply drop zones or helicopter landing sites.
“The primary purpose of our training here at Mott Lake is to make sure all of our waterborne operations equipment is operational in case of a natural disaster, such as a Hurricane Katrina type event, where we get called out and utilize the zodiacs,” said Capt. Kevin J. Stein, Foxtrot Company’s commander. Zodiacs are inflatable boats the pathfinders, as well as other military units, use for water movement operations.
For additional photos of this training exercise click here.