82nd Airborne Paratroopers Test New Handheld Leader Radios

Airborne Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, recently completed almost two weeks of field testing the Army’s newest leader radio (LR) communications systems.   The Handheld, Manpack and Small (HMS) Form Fit/Tactical Radio variants are two-channel handhelds, used at the company and platoon levels by squad and team […]

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Friday Foto

Sky Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry Regiment perform Airborne Operations from Ramstein Air Base to Bunker Drop Zone at Grafenwoehr Training Area as part of an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE), Jan. 20, 2021. EDRE is a U.S. Department of Defense directed, strategic deployment designed to test the Army’s ability to rapidly […]

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What the Hell is a Battle Rifle?

Most people have have heard of assault rifles, and many know that the first types were developed by the German Army during WWII – first calling them “machine carbines” or “sub-machine guns” before settling on the cooler sounding assault rifle classification (“Sturmgewehr”) in order to obtain Hitler’s signature on the production order.   Besides having […]

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Friday Foto

This photo was on the cover of ‘YANK’ Magazine, Continental Edition of January 14, 1945, entitled “PRESENT ARMS”. It featured Pfc. Robert Leigh and his collection of enemy weapons (MP.38 and MP.40’s, an MG.34 and an MG42) taken by the 83rd Infantry Division. The picture was taken in Gurzenich (Düren), Germany, probably just after the […]

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PLATATAC Brings Woodland Back

Due to popular demand, Australian tactical gear supremo PLATATAC is bringing sexy back – in the shape and form of “God’s plaid”, US Woodland camo (sometimes called M81 or M82 camo). The entire collection includes the Peacekeeper MK4 Chest Rig, the SR Jungle ALICE Pack, the GBH-R Boonie Hat, the Tac Dax V4 Combat Pants, […]

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Reserve Parachute Testing Seeks to Eliminate Premature Activations

Certified parachute test jumpers here finished 23 risk reduction jumps with the T-11R Single Pin Troop reserve parachute, making sure it works as it should during equipment test jumps.   The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) tested the chute from both rotary winged and fixed winged high performance aircraft to eliminate the potential […]

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SIG SAUER TANGO6T Riflescope Selected As Squad Direct View Optic

SIG SAUER, Inc. has announced that their TANGO6T scope has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense for the Direct View Optic (DVO) to enhance rifle squad lethality performance. Unlike older fixed-magnification optics, the 1-6X variable-magnification TANGO6T enables the shooter to engage targets at close quarters and distance. This award from the U.S. DoD is […]

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Happy National Airborne Day!

President George W. Bush created National Airborne Day in 2002. It was created to honor all current U.S. Airborne Forces, and to commemorate the first parachute jump of 48 volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940.  After months of restriction due to Covid-19, U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to 2nd […]

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