The squadron will be conducting arctic operations in Northern Alaska next year.
ANCHORAGE – Imagine jumping out of an airplane at subzero temperatures. For one group of Alaskan soldiers, it’s just another day on the job.
Last week, the U.S. Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division jumped from a C-130 as part of an arctic training operation.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to train new members from the team, incorporate experience from veterans in our team, and to ensure we’re ready to jump into any climate; which we predict to be in the 10s to 20s when we jump in the Arctic Circle later this winter,” said Col. Matt McFarlene of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.
The jump is called a tailgate jump. It means soldiers wear arctic over-white uniforms and carry skis and other equipment.
“We wont jump out of the door, we’ll jump out of the ramp because the skis are so tall,” McFarlene said.
The jump is a way for beginners to become comfortable with the equipment said team members.
“It’s extremely different than a normal warm weather rucksack weapons case,” said Sgt. Matthew Berg, a Reconnaissance Squad leader with the 1st Squadron (Airborne).
Once on the ground, the jumpers de-rig their equipment and ski to a rally point.
Berg said the exercise is a way to “show ourselves, and the people above of us that we can be counted on as a light unit, far away from vehicular support.”
“Skis give us a lot of mobility when we’re out there in the middle of nowhere,” he said.
The squadron will conduct arctic operations in Northern Alaska next year.