air assault training


Endless brown and blue.

UH-60 Black Hawks, operated by 3rd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Battalion, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, fly overhead after conducting an air assault with soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as part of Operation Intrepid Centurion in Kuwait. The 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, provided rotary winged aviation assets to Intrepid Centurion, an annual exercise between the U.S. and Kuwait militaries designed to strengthen their tactical proficiency and familiarity with each other’s operations.

(N.Y. Army National Guard photos by Sgt. Harley Jelis, 19 FEB 2014.)


Into the Darkness by Marines
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U.S. Marines perform a night raid during an air assault training event in support of Exercise Blue Chromite on October 31, 2017 at Marine Corps Air Station Fuetenma, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)



Wearing a standard late-war uniform, with the two-piece khaki battledress and striped t-shirt favored by elite units in the late war period, this trooper wears the old-style high boots and the newer combat cap, worn with or without red star cap badge. He is armed with a 5.45mm RPK-74 light machine gun, the standard Soviet squad automatic weapon. He is lightly equipped,but for extended dismounted operations could carry a large pack.


Showing an alternative uniform, this is the two-piece new camouflage pattern that was first seen in 1986, but became more common by 1988. Note that no rank or arms or service shoulder boards are worn in Afghanistan. The bush hat has been worn by the Soviet military in Afghanistan throughout the war. He is armed with a folding stock 5.45mm AKS-74 assault rifle with an image-intensifier passive sight. The boots are the short, laced types used in the late war period.


This shows a motorized rifle trooper going into close combat. He wears the older Soviet camouflage pattern KLMK overalls with hood worn down, but in the two-piece version common in the late war period. He wears standard Soviet body armor (although some of the pattern were seen in the last years of the war) and a chest pack for magazines- both standard items of equipment that either of the two paratroopers might use as well. His steel helmet is painted with a camouflage pattern. Some motorized rifle units - apparently those that had specialized air assault training - also wore paratrooper style striped t-shirts. He is armed with a folding-stock AKS-74 5.45mm assault rifle. He carries a folded RPG-1 R light anti-tank weapon, often used against Afghan fighting positions. RPO-A flame rockets were often carried in place of the RPG-18s.


In action, in this uniform, throughout the war, the Kabul regime’s infantry has often proven unreliable, but they are Afghans and no cowards, and would often fight long and hard. The 7.62mm AK-47, AKM, and AKMS are still standard infantry weapons. This is the summer field uniform. The winter uniform is similar, although in a darker Khaki. One-piece KLMK overalls arc often worn in action. In 1988-90, the Kabul regime acquired a great many Soviet items of equipment, both major weapons systems and uniform and equipment items.


The Soviets were providing airstrikes into Afghanistan before they committed their combat troops and there is evidence they continued to do so despite the withdrawal. This pilot is equipped with a version of the standard V-VS off-season flight suit, but printed in the new-pattern camouflage. He wears an old-style ZSh-3 flight helmet worn over an even older ShZ-61 communications helmet, which, in turn, is worn over a “surgical” style skullcap to prevent sweat dripping into the eyes. He will be armed a Makarov 9mm PM pistol as a personal weapon, on a waist holster.

(Ron Volstad for Concord Publishing)


Your friendly paintball game just leveled up.

2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, inserted via CH-47 Chinook [1], and Paratroopers from the British Army’s B Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, 16th Air Assault Brigade, inserted via UH-60 Black Hawk [2] prepare to engage opposition forces (OPFOR) played by paratroopers from 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division [3] during an air assault mission on Freedom Village [4] at Fort Bragg, N.C. Both 2-501 PIR and 3 PARA were attached as maneuver elements of Task Force Falcon for the duration of 2BCT’s week-long field training exercise.

(Photos by Sgt. Eliverto V. Larios, 82nd Airborne Division, 11 AUG 2014.)

Paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and the 16 Air Assault Brigade await guidance from the jumpmaster and U.S. Air Force personnel before boarding the aircraft for a combined jump on Fort Bragg, N.C., April 13, 2015. Over 2,000 paratroopers exited 20 aircraft, which initiated Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01, the largest bilateral exercise held on Fort Bragg in almost 20 years. (Photo by Sgt. Flor Gonzalez, Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Virginia National Guard soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment conduct air assault operations with U.S. Army Special Forces troops assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Jan. 23, 2014, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The use of Virginia Guard aviation assets added realism to the training conducted by the Special Forces soldiers, who are preparing for an upcoming overseas deployment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)