U.S., South African paratroopers simulate tactical airfield seizure
Photo Credit: Spc. Taryn Hagerman
Pfc. Stephen Rathje, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment from Fort Bragg, N.C., assists South African Army Capt. S. S. Tyali, 44th Parachute Regiment, by helping him secure his parachute before a practice jump at Bloemspruit Airbase, South Africa, July 23. The jump was in preparation for an exercise the units will conduct jointly during Shared Accord 13. Shared Accord is a biennial training exercise which promotes regional relationships, increases capacity, trains U.S. and South African forces, and furthers cross-training and interoperability. Rathje said that this jump was especially exciting because it will also earn each Soldier a pair of foreign wings for either jumping in a foreign country or jumping with a foreign country's jumpmasters.
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