An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 13, 2021

The Joint Fight: Arctic Paratroopers and HIMARS Build Combat Power During Northern Edge 21

By Maj. Jason Welch Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

FORT GREELY, Alaska -- Paratroopers with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, conducted an airborne operation May 11, 2021, onto Allen Army Airfield, Fort Greely, Alaska, as part of Northern Edge 2021.

Following the seizure of the airfield, an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) battery from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord arrived and conducted a live fire exercise at nearby Donnelly Training Area.

Approximately 300 paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, exited from U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules aircraft while A-10 Thunderbolt IIs orbited, providing close air support. Once on the ground, paratroopers moved to their assembly areas to consolidate and secure the airfield as additional C-130s and C-17s landed with more paratroopers, equipment and the HIMARS battery.

The HIMARS battery with 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, was air transported from Cold Bay, Alaska, and fired a full volley of rockets that demonstrated the ability of the joint force to quickly build and implement combat power.

Conducting a JFEO as part of a joint operation is nothing new to the Spartan paratroopers who train for operations like this all year long.

“We’ve been doing this for a long time, and each paratrooper knows their role,” said Maj. Michael Conforti, the operations officer for 1-501st PIR. “You never know if an aircraft will have a mechanical issue, or someone will get injured, so the key to success is that each paratrooper also knows the jobs and duties of everyone else around them.”

Understanding the role of adjacent units and enhancing the ability to work together are key components of exercise NE21.

NE21 is a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sponsored, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces led U.S. joint field training exercise scheduled for May 3-14, 2021, in locations in and around Alaska that uses realistic scenarios to improve joint combat readiness.

The Spartan Brigade is the only airborne infantry brigade combat team in the Indo-Pacific Command and provides the combatant commander with the unique capability to project an expeditionary force by air across Pacific and Arctic regions.


Like Us
Follow Us



Malaysian and U.S. Forces Strengthen Security Ties at Bersama Warrior Exercise
Malaysian and United States Armed Forces service members pose for a group photo after the Exercise Bersama Warrior 23 opening ceremony at the Joint Warfighting Center on Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters Base, Kuantan, Padang, Malaysia, June 6, 2023. Bersama Warrior is an annual bilateral joint exercise sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces. This year marks the ninth iteration of the exercise, enhancing the U.S. and Malaysian defense readiness and improving interoperability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Alexandria Blanche)
June 6, 2023 - KUANTAN, Malaysia -- The ninth annual Bersama Warrior exercise commenced here June 6, 2023, with an opening ceremony officiated by Malaysian Armed Forces Joint Force Headquarters Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for the J3,...

US Facilitates Japan Air Operations Center Training
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 505th Training Squadron, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron, 5th Air Force/A3 staff conduct integrated air operations center and electronic warfare instruction with Japan Air Self-Defense Force members, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 29, 2023. Three years in the making, the 505th Training Squadron fulfilled a request by the government of Japan to assist with understanding how an air operations center plans and executes and how to build instructional standards to enable airpower at the operational level of war. The U.S. remains committed to peace and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific alongside our Japanese allies, together acting as the cornerstone of regional peace and security and presenting an ironclad defense of Japan. Photo by Deb Henley
June 6, 2023 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Three years in the making, the 505th Training Squadron fulfilled a request by the government of Japan to assist with understanding how an air operations center plans and executes and how to build...

U.S. Coast Guard Ensures Safe Operations of Commercial Vessels as Typhoon Mawar Recovery Continues
Marine Science Technicians stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia / Sector Guam conduct a routine certificate of compliance inspection on a vessel in Apra Harbor on June 1, 2023. The U.S. Coast Guard ensures the safe operations of commercial vessels as Typhoon Mawar recovery continues. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Graham)
June 6, 2023 - SANTA RITA, Guam -- Amidst the dynamic challenges faced by Guam's strategic port, a team of inspectors from U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam and Marine Safety Detachment Saipan conducted routine certificate of...

United States-Japan-Australia Trilateral Defense Ministers' Meeting (TDMM) 2023 Joint Statement
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Dr. John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS, answer questions after Austin's address to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, June 11, 2022. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)
June 6, 2023 - WASHINGTON -- Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon. Richard Marles MP, Japanese Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, convened a Trilateral Defense...

The Launch of the U.S.-Mongolia-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting
June 6, 2023 - U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea -- In order to promote and strengthen shared values and common interests, the Governments of Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, and the United States held their first trilateral...