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U.S., Colombian Paratroopers to Participate in Airborne Assault Exercise

Jan. 21, 2020 , From a U.S. Southern Command News Release

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 40 personnel from U.S. Army South will participate in an airborne assault exercise in Colombia.  

Colombian military officer fills a cup with water from a hose. A civilian is holding the cup, and Marines in uniform observe.
Marine Demonstration
As U.S. Marines look on, Colombian Marine Lt. Col. Eduar Alexander Michaels Bravo, deputy commander of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Southern Command, demonstrates a lightweight water purification system during a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief rehearsal in Covenas, Colombia, Oct. 2, 2019.
Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. Stanley Moy
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During the Jan. 23-29 exercise, U.S. and Colombian paratroopers will conduct an airborne training insertion from C-130 Hercules aircraft of both nations, followed by tactical exercises designed to simulate the securing of an airfield, U.S. Southern Command officials said.  

Six soldiers descend under open parachutes.
Combined Jump
Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division jump with German and Chilean jumpmasters at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 3, 2019. About 75 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg and 40 personnel from U.S. Army South will work with Colombian paratroopers in an airborne assault exercise in Colombia, Jan. 23-29, 2020.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Gin-Sophie De Bellotte
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U.S. and Colombian service members will practice working together and will share strategic and tactical expertise, officials added.

"We are honored to train with Colombia, a close friend of the U.S. and global partner to NATO," said Navy Adm. Craig Faller, the Southcom commander. "This airborne exercise demonstrates the interoperability, lethality and professionalism of our militaries."

Navy admiral shakes hands with a man dressed in a suit.
Faller Meeting
Colombian President Ivan Duque greets Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, in Bogota, Colombia, Jan. 13, 2020. They met to discuss regional security efforts and the U.S.-Colombia defense partnership.
Photo By: US Embassy Bogota
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Southcom routinely conducts partner and multinational exercises throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen partnerships, build readiness, and increase interoperability, officials noted, adding that this exercise illustrates the command's enduring commitment to the Western Hemisphere.