By U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE
ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - U.S. Army Alaska paratroopers made the 2nd Engineer
Brigade's first airborne operation north of the Arctic Circle May 1 to hone their
skills in an exercise called Arctic Pegasus. This
exercise expanded U.S. Army Alaska's arctic airborne capability.
Paratroopers from the 6th Engineer Battalion jumped into
a landing zone near
Deadhorse, 495 miles north of Fairbanks in the North
Slope Borough and added a follow-on air movement to conduct a site orientation
visit 60 miles south
along the Dalton Highway. The exercise was intended to
help the unit's soldiers build proficiency in their arctic mobility and
skills, while collaborating closely with the Air Force
and the Alaska Army National Guard.
A dozen arctic-equipped jumpers and a Small Unit Support
from an Air Force C-17 aircraft for the exercise. The Small Unit Support Vehicle, commonly referred to as a SUSV (pronounced
"suss-vee"), weighs more
than 10,000 pounds fully equipped and is essential to
small unit arctic mobility. The
Alaska Army National Guard provided two UH-60 Black Hawk
helicopters for air mobility during the mission.
Video and still photos from the U.S. Army Alaska arctic
airborne mission can be found at the following links: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/334519/arctic-pegasus-with-interviews