Paratroopers Participate in Operation Spartan Reach in Alaska

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A C-17 Globemaster III air craft air drops large bundles of equipment onto Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach, a mass tactical airborne training exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. This is the largest airborne training mission in the history of the Spartan brigade, dropping more than 1,400 paratroopers, in addition to heavy equipment. Operation Spartan Reach is designed to simulate a brigade-level airborne seizure of key terrain to enable the follow-on movement of forces into hostile territory. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • An Alaska Air National Guard C-130 air craft takes off from a runway on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Paratroopers jump from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft over Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. The paratroopers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 3rd Battalion, Airborne, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Paratroopers descend to the ground after jumping from a C-17 Globemaster III air craft over Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Paratroopers descend to the ground after jumping from a C-17 Globemaster III air craft over Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Army Spc. Dallas Pfriem packs up his parachute after an airborne jump on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. Pfriem is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 3rd Battalion, Airborne, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Paratroopers gather at a rally point on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Army 1st Lt. Bradley Praske looks through an aiming circle to prepare to fire a 105 mm howitzer on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. Praske is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment,  4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Army Spc. Lois Reyes sits in the gunner position preparing to fire a 105 mm howitzer on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. Reyes is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Army Spc. Michael Warner, kneeling, talks on the radio with his leadership team and coordinates the next mission on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013.  Warner is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Paratroopers patrol to their rally point on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Army Pvt. John Foster provides security while on a patrol at the Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. Foster is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion, Airborne, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Army 1st Lt. Nathan Horswill patrols as a Alaska Air National Guard C-130 air craft lands on Malamute Drop Zone during Operation Spartan Reach on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2013. Horswill is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher