A400M Tests Paratroop Operations

07/03/2014
07/03/2014: The A400M was originally conceived of in a world where lifters were trucks to carry cargo and troops from point A to B.  This world has totally been transformed by operations in the past decade, during which the A400M was being developed and readied for its roll out into…

French Paratroopers Host 82nd Airborne

06/05/2014
06/05/2014: While the Normandy invasion is being celebrated, 21st century paras practice in France for 21st century operations. Members of the French 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment parachute from Nevada and Georgia Air National Guard C-130H Hercules aircraft at the Paolomagno drop zone near Solenzara Air Base, during a joint training exercise for Allied…

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Marines Conduct Live-Fire with French Legionnaires

11/07/2013
11/02/2013: Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response went to France to exercise with the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment of the 6th Light Armored Brigade in late October 2013. The live-fire event was part of a bilateral exercise between the two units.  SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a self-mobile, self-sustaining force…

Special Purpose MAGTF in Europe Trains with French Foreign Legion

11/07/2013
11/07/2013: The Marines SP-MAGTF exercised with the French foreign legion in late October 2013. The event was part of a week-long bilateral training exercise between U.S. Marines with SP-MAGTF Crisis Response and French Legionnaires. The Osprey was the first of its kind to land on French soil as part of…

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Marines Conduct Exercise with French Legionnaires

11/02/2013
11/01/2013: Recently, the Special Purpose MAGTF with its Ospreys landed in France for training with French forces. [slidepress gallery='sp-magtf-crisis-response-marines-conduct-live-fire-with-french-legionnaires']  Credit:24th Marine Expeditionary Unit:10/19/13 In the first photo, U.S. Marine, left, with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response spots rounds for a French Legionnaire with the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment…

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Ospreys Land in France for Exercises

11/01/2013
10/30/2013: In this slideshow, we focus on the Special Purpose MAGTF landing and operating in France with the Foreign Legion. [slidepress gallery='sp-magtf-crisis-response-osprey-is-first-to-land-in-france']  Credit:Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response:10/28/13 In the first photo, Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response fly in an MV-22B Osprey on their way…

A 70-year Remembrance of the B-17 in the Liberation of France

07/03/2013
07/03/2013: A ceremony was held on Noirmoutier island, France, the scene of B-17 raid, and the rescue of downed crewmen after a raid against Nazi air and maritime facilities in this part of France. For the crew that would fly on July 4, 1943, their training saved their lives.  As…