Training exercises performed by our 10th Mountain Division troops are to ensure the safety of their fellow soldiers and those they are protecting.
That’s why Army and Air Force members held joint air drop training and certifications on Fort Drum Thursday afternoon.
Ensuring that 10th Mountain Division troops can receive supplies safely, and not deliver them to the enemy, Army and Air Force members say that the training they received is crucial for while they are deployed overseas.
“It’s important to do this kind of training because it is actually what’s going on. A lot of places in Afghanistan you can not drive to them, so we refuel them by air drops,” said Daniel Corindia, Air Mobility Liaison.
The training is crucial to our 10th Mountain Division soldiers because while deployed they can receive air dropped packages with the supplies they need, instead of traveling on roadways that could potentially be laced with IED’s or other potentially dangerous situations.
The 1st Brigade Combat Team trained with the Air Force to receive certification in Pathfinder techniques they will use in their next deployment.
The bundles that were dropped during the training only carried water and cement blocks. During a real deployment situation those bundles could carry food items, water, weapons, ammo or even groups of soldiers.
For more information and to see first hand an air drop maneuver, watch the complete video story.