SOUTHCOM Announces Upcoming Airborne Exercise with Colombia, US Army South, and 82nd Airborne Division

SOUTHCOM Announces Upcoming Airborne Exercise with Colombia, US Army South, and 82nd Airborne Division

By SOUTHCOM Public Affairs
January 22, 2020

About 75 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 40 personnel from U.S. Army South will arrive in Colombia, January 23, to participate in an airborne assault exercise through January 29.

During the airborne exercise, U.S. and Colombian paratroopers will conduct an airborne training insertion from U.S. and Colombian C-130 Hercules aircraft, followed by tactical exercises designed to simulate the securing of an airfield.

Expert U.S. and Colombian personnel will practice working together to build interoperability and share strategic and tactical expertise.

“We are honored to train with Colombia — a close friend of the U.S. and global partner to NATO,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). “This airborne exercise demonstrates the interoperability, lethality, and professionalism of our militaries.”

SOUTHOM routinely conducts partner and multinational exercises throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen partnerships, build readiness, and increase interoperability. This airborne exercise illustrates our enduring commitment to our shared neighborhood, the Western Hemisphere.

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