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EAGLE ACE II ~ American And Italian Parachute Insertion

US Army and Italian Army Paratroopers jumping onto Rivolto Air Force Base from USAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]

American and Italian Paratroopers jumped from US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft over Rivolto Air Base on Thursday 18th February on EAGLE ACE II.

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US Army Paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade plus Italian Army Paratroopers assigned to the 4th Alpini Regiment and the Italian Air Force 16th Wing Force Protection and 3rd Wing, conducted an airborne operation (under COVID-19 prevention conditions) from US Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft onto Rivolto Italian Air Force Base, Udine, Italy, on Thursday 18th February 2021.

US Army Paratroopers assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade and Italian Army Paratroopers from 4th Alpini Regiment, 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]
US Army Paratroopers assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade and Italian Army Paratroopers from 4th Alpini Regiment, 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]
Italian Army Paratroopers assigned to the 4th Alpini Regiment after dropping onto Rivolto Air Force Base, 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]
An Italian Air Force AMX A-11 Ghibli ground attack aircraft flies in support of the US and Italian parachute insertion on Rivolto Air Force Base, 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]

The purpose of this operation, EAGLE ACE II, was to “improve relationship with host nation, strengthen the alliance and increase NATO interoperability”. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the US Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projecting ready forces anywhere in the US European, Africa or Central Commands’ areas of responsibility.

US Army Lt. Col. Kitefre K. Oboho, Commander 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, pins Airborne wings onto Italian Air Force Col. Antonio Pellegrino, Commander 16st Wing Martina Franca, after the airborne operation on 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]
An Italian Paratrooper assigned to the 4th Alpini Regiment, pins Airborne wings onto a US Army Paratrooper assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, after the airborne operation on 18 February 2021 [US Army: Paolo Bovo]
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