82nd Airborne Trains with the French Foreign Legion


08/02/2014: Nevada Air National Guard Airmen offload supplies from a C-130H Hercules May 25, 2014, in support of Allied Forge 2014, at Calvi Sainte Catherine Airport, Corsica, France. 

Credit:4th Combat Camera Squadron:5/25/14

Allied Forge, led by the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division in conjunction with the 152nd and 165th Airlift Wings, is the first-ever interoperability exercise designed to enhance bilateral capabilities between the United States and the French 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment.

The 2nd Parachute Regiment is a highly decorated one with its most recent combat experience in Mali.

The only airborne regiment of the French Foreign Legion. Created in Sétif in October 1948, it has been stationed at Camp Raffalli near the town of Calvi on the island of Corsica since it moved from Bou-Sfer, Algeria, in 1967. During its history, the 2e REP integrated men of the two other Legion airborne regiments, the disbanded 3e REP and 1er REP.

The 2e REP is well-known around the world for its participation in the Battle of Kolwezi in May 1978.

For a history of the regiment: