Army paratroopers from the Alaska-based 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division parachuted into Andersen Air Force Base early Tuesday morning as part of emergency deployment readiness training.
Col. Christopher Landers, commander of the combat team, led the training mission to secure the airfield as part of the U.S. Army Pacific’s participation in ongoing joint exercises throughout the region to include the Mariana Islands.
“This scenario tested our ability to execute real-world missions and demonstrated that we are capable of deploying anywhere in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area at a moment’s notice,” said Landers in a press release.
The unit delivered more than 400 paratroopers onto the airfield to make this the largest airborne operation here in recent memory, the Army stated in a press release.
Multiple C-17 Globemaster aircraft appeared in the early morning sky carrying the paratroopers that had flown directly from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
To ensure health safety measures while on Guam, everyone was quarantined to Andersen and observed all COVID-19 safety precautions to include separation from the Andersen community throughout the exercise, the military stated in a press release.
“We are successfully balancing readiness and mission requirements with health and safety precautions to protect ourselves and our communities,” said Landers. "Andersen Air Force Base and Guam leadership have facilitated every one of our requirements. It's been an incredible experience to work with them."
After securing the airfield, the paratroopers began preparations to return to their home station in Alaska, having demonstrated the ability to provide combat credible forces in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and its commitment to a secure and stable region, the Army stated.
(Daily Post Staff)