Leapfest 2019 – The Results

The 2019 Leapfest International Airborne Competition has now come to an end, and the results are in for the best Team and Individual scores. Paratroopers from around the world participated in Leapfest, Aug. 3, 2019, West Kingston, R.I.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Deirdre Salvas, 143 AW/PA) First Place Team: The U.S. Army’s […]

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Leapfest 2019

Leapfest is the largest, longest standing, international static line parachute training event and competition. Conducted by the Rhode Island Army National Guard, the purpose of Leapfest is to promote international camaraderie and Esprit de Corps among Airborne Soldiers, while also showcasing the capabilities of the Rhode Island National Guard. Paratroopers are specially selected, trained, and highly […]

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Friday Foto

Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Commando Regiment conducted counter-terrorism training in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart in May 2019. The training was part of the Mars series of exercises used by the 2nd Commando Regiment’s online hostage recovery/counter-terrorism company to build capacity in its role as Tactical Assault Group—East (TAG–E). TAG–E is the Australian Defence Force’s […]

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NATO and Partner SOF in Black Sea Region for Trojan Footprint 19

Approximately 1,400 special operations and armed forces from 10 nations deployed across host nations Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania June 10-21 for U.S. Special Operations Command Europe’s exercise Trojan Footprint 19. Trojan Footprint is an annual SOCEUR-led exercise that brings together U.S., Allied and partner special operations forces across Europe. SOF and the armed forces of […]

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US Army Astronaut Rockets Into Space On Apollo 11 Anniversary

Astronauts from three different countries blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday July 20, 2019 – the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – heading for the International Space Station. On board were Colonel Andrew Morgan of the U.S. Army, Russian Air Force Colonel (retired) Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Italian Air Force […]

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Modern Guerrillas and the Defense of the Baltic States

I recently came across this interesting article on the Small Wars Journal website. It ties in nicely with our recent post about the “Ridge Runner” exercise in West Virginia, and thought it would be of interest to Strike-Hold readers: “Faced with the renewed prospect of Russian aggression and determined to preserve their sovereignty, the Baltic […]

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USAF PJs Save Injured Fishermen 1,300 Miles from Shore

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force organized a long-distance rescue for two Mexican fishermen who were severely injured in an accident aboard a tuna boat some 1300 miles southwest of San Diego. Pararescue team parachutes into the Pacific to provide treatment for two injured fishermen, 2014. (Image credit: USAF) At […]

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Friday Foto

Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team West members fast-rope from a 176th Wing, 210th Rescue Squadron Alaska Air National Guard UH-60G Pave Hawk at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 22, 2019, during a joint service training exercise. The MSRT West members maintain a ready alert force to support Coast Guard operational commanders and Department of […]

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