Paratroopers with the U.S. Military and Royal Thai Military performed joint airborne operations onto Joint Base Lewis McChord’s Rogers Drop Zone, Feb. 15 and Feb. 18, 2022. The train prepares the partnered forces for a joint Strategic Airborne Operation in Thailand later this month. The U.S. Military Pacific Command hosted 120 Paratroopers from the thirty first Infantry Regiment, Thai Particular Warfare Command, Thai Infantry Heart, and Chulachomklao Royal Navy Academy at JBLM from Feb. 11-23. They had been joined by 115 Alaska-based Paratroopers from third Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Fight Workforce (Airborne), twenty fifth Infantry Division.

“The general mission is to share techniques, methods, and procedures with the Thai Paratroopers. Mainly, how we do enterprise in our personal distinctive environments. We validate that every one Paratroopers have met the necessities to securely and efficiently execute the coaching jumps right here at JBLM. “It will put together us for the Strategic Airborne Operation [or SAO], which consists of an ‘in-flight rig’ and leap into Thailand,” mentioned Capt. Preston Wilson, Firm B, 3-509th commander.


U.S. Military Paratroopers assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Fight Workforce (Airborne), twenty fifth Infantry Division and Royal Thai Military Paratroopers wait aboard a U.S. Air Pressure C-17 Globemaster III transport plane at McChord Subject, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Feb. 18, 2022. (U.S. Military photograph by Sgt. Christina Westover, I Corps Public Affairs)

“The Thai troopers are very disciplined and conventional, mentioned Workers Sgt. Joseph Bragg, an infantryman assigned to Firm B sharing his expertise with the RTA Paratroopers “They’re very respectable in the way in which that they present professionalism and courtesy,” he mentioned. Bragg additionally spoke of his new favourite phrase within the Thai language, as realized from the RTA Paratroopers. “‘Pi,’ which implies ‘go,’” he mentioned. “It’s the final command given [by a Jumpmaster] earlier than exiting an plane.”

The joint operation enhances capabilities and improves operational readiness for each U.S. and Thai personnel. Moreover, the operation demonstrates the modernization of the Royal Thai Military’s air supply operations by utilizing heavy drop platforms for big tools throughout the airborne drop. Previous to the operation, all Paratroopers accomplished primary airborne refresher coaching, which included how you can correctly rig a T-11 parachute, elementary procedures for working contained in the plane, and how you can correctly exit the plane throughout the airborne operation. The SAO is a part of the Hanuman Guardian 2022 workout routines between the Thai and U.S. armies. After the SAO, the subsequent part of Hanuman Guardian 2022 will see an airborne operation train on the Infantry Centre in Prachuap Khiri Khan and area coaching in Lop Buri from Feb. 25 to Mar. 8.

US Army and Royal Thai Army Conduct Bilateral Airborne Operation at Joint Base Lewis McChord
U.S. Military Paratroopers assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Fight Workforce (Airborne), twenty fifth Infantry Division and Royal Thai Military Paratroopers conduct a joint airborne operation on Rogers Drop Zone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Feb. 18, 2022.(U.S. Military photograph by Spc. Christopher Wilkins, seventh Infantry Division)