Soldiers Train to Use Unmanned Aircraft System on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A convoy of Stryker vehicles get ready for a mission after refueling on Forward Operating Base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The Stryker unit made the nearly 400-mile trip from Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, Alaska, to support a nine-day field training exercise for their sister brigade, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith
  • A soldier peers through the scope of an M240 machine gun during a training mission on Forward Operating Base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith
  • An RQ7 Shadow unmanned aircraft system, maintained and operated by paratroopers, sits in a maintenance bay on Forward Operating Base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2014. The paratroopers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Bravo Company, 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The unmanned aircraft  can cover vast distances of territory and stay aloft for several hours at a time while sending real-time battlefield information to commanders. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith
  • A paratrooper pushes an RQ7 Shadow unmanned aircraft system toward its launching pad on Forward Operating Base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith
  • Paratroopers prepare an RQ7 Shadow unmanned aircraft system for launch on Forward Operating Base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith
  • An RQ7 Shadow unmanned aircraft system flies off its launcher on Forward Operating Base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith