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Purple Smoke for Iron Sword.
Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade work their way through purple signal smoke during Exercise Iron Sword in Pabrade, Lithuania last month. Iron Sword is an international training exercise featuring 11 NATO countries and about 4,000 troops.
The participating NATO countries included Estonia, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia and Germany.
Military observers from Belarus and Kazakhstan visited the two-week exercise, which ended December 2. NATO partners Sweden and Ukraine also sent military observers.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, and is capable of projecting forces to conduct a full range of military operations across the United States European, Central and Africa Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours, according to the U.S. Army.
Pretty, But Rugged Environment.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough)
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Gerbrands (left) guides a rescue heaving line to a 25-foot response boat during crewman qualification training in Valdez Harbor on Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Gerbands is assigned to Coast Guard Station Valdez, the service’s northern-most boast station. To see more photos of this training session, click here.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Noble
Twenty-six nations and 25,000 personnel participated in the exercise.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis.
Airman Joshua Lenaire, whose job is providing security at U.S. Air Force facilities, uses a training baton to subdue a simulated attacker in a red-man suit. Look closely and you’ll see Lenaire is working at a disadvantage. He’s been sprayed in the face with pepper spray. Military security training: It ain’t beanbag.
Why is it called a RedMan suit? Three guesses. Actually, in addition to its bright color, this protective training suit is marketed by Redman Training Gear.
A Delicate Balance.
Canadian forces photo by Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault.
They call this insertion-and-extraction training.
U.S. Marines and Canadian soldiers board a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook helicopter balanced carefully if not precariously, on a hillside at Camp Pendleton, California during Rim of the Pacific 2016.
The biennial multi-national exercise, known as RIMPAC, is being held this year in and around Hawaii as well as in southern California locations like Camp Pendleton. Participants in RIMPAC, which began June 30 and runs through August 4, include 25,000 service members from 27 nations, including–for the first time–the People’s Republic of China. The equipment involved includes 45 ships, five submarines and more than 200 aircraft, according to the Defense Department.
The Canadian soldiers are snipers, pathfinders and reconnaissance members assigned to the 2nd Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment.
U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Zachary Wolf.
The spinning propeller of this U.S. Air Force Super Tucano forms a perfect pair of circles but the sign painted on the tarmac in front of its shelter indicates the risk of getting to close.
The A-29 Super Tucano , manufactured by Brazil’s Embraer, is a single engine turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter insurgency, close air support and aerial reconnaissance missions.The aircraft is also used for training pilots.
This A-29 is with the 81st Fighter Squadron based at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. The squadron conducts combat training for Afghan air force pilots and maintainers in the aircraft.
Under a U.S.-funded $427 million contract, a total of 20 A-29s are going to the Afghan Air Force with the last to be delivered to Afghanistan by 2018, according to the Military.com website.
The Pentagon said A-29s manned by Afghan pilots trained in the U.S. conducted the first close air support missions by the fledgling Afghan Air Force on April 14 , according to Military.com.
To see a video of the Super Tucano in action, click here.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Candace Mundt
A soldier with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division pulls himself out of a hanging barrel during Jungle Warfare School near Yemen, Gabon.
These soldiers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, of the 7th Regiment were attending the French Jungle Warfare School as part of U.S. Army Africa’s exercise Central Accord 2016. CA16 is an annual, joint military exercise to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations.
To see more photos from this exercise, click here.