HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – As the land component of Joint Task Force-Alaska, U.S. Army Alaska will conduct an arctic mobility exercise called Spartan Pegasus Thursday, Oct. 23, at Donnelly Drop Zone near Fort Greely.
The exercise is part of Vigilant Shield 2015, an annual North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command exercise to train participants in Homeland Defense processes. Vigilant Shield is primarily a command post exercise, but field training exercises may occur at multiple locations including Alaska.
Spartan Pegasus is a multi-component, joint training event that will further refine planning and mission capabilities and collaboration between U.S. Army Alaska, the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard. The exercise will demonstrate U.S. Army Alaska’s capacity to deliver forces to provide site security in remote, austere environments on short notice.
Approximately 55 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will depart Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage, and parachute 300 miles north into Buffalo Drop Zone on Fort Greely. The scenario is to alert, prepare and deploy forces on short notice into a remote, Arctic environment to secure a crash site in an area not accessible by road. U.S. Army Alaska is the only command in the U.S. Army trained and equipped to provide extreme cold-weather airborne forces support to the joint force.
This joint, multiagency training event will include strategic airlift support from the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard. It further refines the joint capability to provide flexible, tailorable forces to the Joint Forces Commander as part of Vigilant Shield 15. Training events like Arctic Pegasus allow us to maximize training resources across multiple units to maintain our readiness on a wide array of mission sets across the Pacific and Arctic regions.
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