• Staff Sgt. Orlando Garcia with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team supervises artillerymen with 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment's Battery B, as they prepare a Humvee and an M119A2 105mm howitzer to be parachuted from an aircraft Sept. 6, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Parachute riggers advise the artillerymen, who do the work of packing the equipment.

    Humvee prepped for air drop

    Staff Sgt. Orlando Garcia with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team supervises artillerymen with 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment's Battery B, as they prepare a Humvee and an M119A2 105mm howitzer to be parachuted...

  • A Humvee is parachuted to the ground while as C-17 Globemaster III aircraft preparing to drop additional vehicles fly past during an airborne training exercise conducted by the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team Sept. 8, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Part of a multi-day exercise dubbed "large package week," the drop and others like it provided effective training for air crews and paratroopers.

    Humvee air dropped at Fort Bragg

    A Humvee is parachuted to the ground while as C-17 Globemaster III aircraft preparing to drop additional vehicles fly past during an airborne training exercise conducted by the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team Sept. 8, 2011, at Fort...

  • Artillerymen with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team apply padding to the oil pan of a Humvee to be parachuted from an aircraft Sept. 6, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Parachuting in vehicles, weapons and supplies is a critical skill set for the light infantry division.

    Humvee prepped for drop

    Artillerymen with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team apply padding to the oil pan of a Humvee to be parachuted from an aircraft Sept. 6, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Parachuting in vehicles, weapons and supplies is a critical skill set...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team exit from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during an airborne operation Sept. 8, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The operation and others the same week gave paratroopers and aircrews experience in coordinating drops of troops, artillery pieces, vehicles and supplies.

    Paratroopers exit C-17

    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team exit from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during an airborne operation Sept. 8, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The operation and others the same week gave paratroopers and aircrews...

  • Sustainment troops with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team and air crew members from Altus, Okla., load containerized delivery system, or CDS, bundles to be parachuted from an aircraft Sept. 9, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Large packages, including supplies, vehicles and artillery pieces were parachuted into drop zones on Fort Bragg as part of a week-long training exercise.

    CDS bundles loaded onto aircraft

    Sustainment troops with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team and air crew members from Altus, Okla., load containerized delivery system, or CDS, bundles to be parachuted from an aircraft Sept. 9, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Large...

  • Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team "Devil Brigade" descend to Sicily Drop Zone during an airborne training exercise Sept. 8, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The training is part of large-package week, during which soldiers and airmen learn to coordinate drops of heavy equipment and troops.

    1st BCT paratroopers land on Sicily Drop Zone

    Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team "Devil Brigade" descend to Sicily Drop Zone during an airborne training exercise Sept. 8, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The training is part of large-package week, during which...

Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 22, 2011 -- Light infantry troops are like little birds. They get up into the highest mountains, and they say, "Feed me, feed me," according to one sustainment officer in the 82nd Airborne Division involved in supply-by-air training here Sept. 6-11.

"As a logistician, how do you get the stuff that they need to them when they are in the most inaccessible spot, where there are frequently no roads?" asked Lt. Col. Paul Narowski, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team's 307th Brigade Support Battalion.

"You've got to learn to use the third dimension," he said.

During a Large Package Week exercise, paratroopers with 1BCT and air crews from a number of Air Force units learned to coordinate parachute drops of vehicles, artillery pieces, supplies and troops.

Narowski's sustainment Soldiers prepared to drop 150 paratroopers and 60 containerized delivery system, or CDS, bundles to support the training objectives of the Air Force, he said. Each CDS bundle can be loaded with up to 2,000 pounds of supplies.

"The nice thing about a CDS bundle is that it's immediately configurable to be slung under a helicopter," said Narowski, who was part of the original team that developed what's known as a low-cost, low-altitude resupply.

LCLA employs small bundles, often fitted with non-serviceable troop parachutes and other low-cost rigging supplies, dropped from small aircraft at as little as 150 feet. It's cheap and accurate, and Narowski's team proved its worth in Afghanistan during his last tour there with 4th Brigade Combat Team's 782nd Brigade Support Battalion.

While mechanical and air traffic control issues caused the 307th's drop to be scratched at the last minute, the preparation was still good training, said Narowski.

"Based on my combat experience, my primary method of resupply is always by air," he said. "I will ensure that the staff maximizes every aerial-delivery asset before I start tasking trucks to get out on the road. If we can do it in a dimension that won't get interdicted by the enemy and put our paratroopers at most risk, that's a win-win for me."

Narowski said the learning curve is steep for logisticians trying to keep up with the "fast-and furious" light infantry.

"The important thing about the way the 82nd and 101st fight is, we don't fight head-on," he said. "We go for the soft flank around his strength. If he's strong along the road, then we can't send a convoy up the road. If we get a force into his rear area, how do we resupply them? You've got to have that agility and familiarity with things like air drop and sling load and use those to our advantage."

Narowski noted that, importantly, the enemy faced by the Army in recent years has neither surface-to-air missiles nor night vision capabilities, making airdrops and slingloads at night highly advantageous.

Across the brigade, Large Package Week included at least ten flights of aircraft, with over 2,000 paratroopers dropped, along with several howitzers and Humvees.

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