Exercise Sky Soldier 16

04/25/2016

04/25/2016: Three U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey aircraft, flown by Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, with personnel from the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and soldiers from the Spanish Armed Forces Airborne Brigade (BRIPAC), take off after an air assault during the Exercise Sky Soldier 16, Feb. 27, 2016, at Chinchilla training area in Spain.

The training objective of Exercise Sky Soldier 16 is to enhance the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment readiness for multinational contingency operations and capabilities to conduct future missions with NATO Allies and partners.

The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deploying forces to the U.S. Army Europe, Africa and Central Command Areas of Responsibility within 18 hours.

The Brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build stronger relationships and strengthen the alliance.

The second through fourth photos show a U.S. Marine MV-22B Osprey aircraft, flown by U.S. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, from the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force,  participates in sling-load training at La Felipa drop zone during Exercise Sky Soldier 16 at Chinchilla training area in Spain, Feb. 27, 2016.

Credit:Training Support Activity Europe:2/27/16