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Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez, (right) of Phoenix, Arizona,

Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez, (right) of Phoenix, Arizona,

Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez, (right) of Phoenix, Arizona, a platoon sergeant with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, fills out a flight manifest July 21... More

Estonian and U.S. troops practice parachute-landing

Estonian and U.S. troops practice parachute-landing

Estonian and U.S. troops practice parachute-landing procedures for the day’s jump July 23, at a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia. The event was part of Operation Atlantic Resolve an ongoing series of training exerc... More

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense League and Destined

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense League and Destined

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense League and Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, prepare to land safely after exiting an American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter durin... More

Airborne jump in Estonia

Airborne jump in Estonia

A Soldier with the Estonian Defense League guides his parachute in preparation for a landing during a joint training airborne jump, Nurmsi, Estonia, July 23, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The joint tra... More

Capt. Matthew Heath, of Martinsville, Va., the battalion

Capt. Matthew Heath, of Martinsville, Va., the battalion

Capt. Matthew Heath, of Martinsville, Va., the battalion air officer for 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ensures the wind is within tolerance for personnel drop prior ... More

Lisette Tohus, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Lisette Tohus, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Lisette Tohus, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization, gets rigged up before zip lining down a cliff at the obstacle course point Aug. 7, during day 3 of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challen... More

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team make their way to the finish line of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge Aug. 8, at Lake Tamula... More

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, make their way over a hill during the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) terrain maneu... More

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, of Merritt Island, Florida,

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, of Merritt Island, Florida,

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, of Merritt Island, Florida, a jumpmaster with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade conducts prior-to-jump training on a simulated UH 60m Bl... More

Engineers with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer

Engineers with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer

Engineers with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, and the Theater Enabling Force of the Norwegian Army High Readiness Force work to ... More

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade take part in Estonia’s Restoration of Independence Day celebration Aug. 20, in Karski-Nuia, Estonia. The event took... More

Second Lt. Daniel J. Leininger, of Knoxville, Tennessee,

Second Lt. Daniel J. Leininger, of Knoxville, Tennessee,

Second Lt. Daniel J. Leininger, of Knoxville, Tennessee, a platoon leader with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, discusses military operations with Estonian allie... More

Estonian Defense Force Soldiers get some hands-on training

Estonian Defense Force Soldiers get some hands-on training

Estonian Defense Force Soldiers get some hands-on training on the M2 .50-caliber machine gun at Tapa Army Base Aug. 27, in preparation of an upcoming combined live-fire range. The training was a part of Operati... More

Pfc. Carl Harper (right), of Arlington, Virginia, a

Pfc. Carl Harper (right), of Arlington, Virginia, a

Pfc. Carl Harper (right), of Arlington, Virginia, a paratrooper with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade get his ‘rig’ inspected prior to a jump on a C-17 Globemaste... More

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty, deputy commander of

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty, deputy commander of

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty, deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division speaks with Soldiers of Destined Company, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during a visit Sept. 29, at Tapa Army Ba... More

The sniper team from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry

The sniper team from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry

The sniper team from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, run to the casualty care checkpoint during the second annual Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge Aug. 8 near Tapa, Estonia. H... More

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense League pay close

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense League pay close

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense League pay close attention as 1st Lt. Joseph Hathcock, (center) of Merritt Island, Fla., executive officer for Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd ... More

Pvt. Karita Ortus, of Kohlta-Jarve, a volunteer with

Pvt. Karita Ortus, of Kohlta-Jarve, a volunteer with

Pvt. Karita Ortus, of Kohlta-Jarve, a volunteer with the Estonian Defense League receives her main and reserve parachutes July 23, at a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia. The event was a part of Operation Atlantic R... More

Estonian and U.S. troops enjoy some laughs as jumpmasters

Estonian and U.S. troops enjoy some laughs as jumpmasters

Estonian and U.S. troops enjoy some laughs as jumpmasters conduct personnel inspections July 23, at a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia. The jump was a chance for Estonian Soldiers to experience U.S. airborne operat... More

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, float to the ground after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an airborne jump in Nurmsi, Estonia with th... More

Merilyn Kahr (left) Lisette Tohus (right), members

Merilyn Kahr (left) Lisette Tohus (right), members

Merilyn Kahr (left) Lisette Tohus (right), members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization, drag a 50kg sand bag up a hill Aug. 7 during day 3 of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge in Rouge, Eston... More

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team arrive on-time to the finish line of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge Aug. 8, at Lake Tamula... More

Sgt. Robert Castilleja, (left) of Bakersfield, Calif.,

Sgt. Robert Castilleja, (left) of Bakersfield, Calif.,

Sgt. Robert Castilleja, (left) of Bakersfield, Calif., squad leader, and Spc. Michael Corcoran, of Binghamton, N.Y., both infantryman with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantr... More

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers receive their prior-to-jump

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers receive their prior-to-jump

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers receive their prior-to-jump training class Aug. 16, during a combined airborne operations exercise at a landing zone near Nurmsi, Estonia. The training was a chance for Estonian Defen... More

Enlisted John Anders Brembu, of Hoylandet, Norway,

Enlisted John Anders Brembu, of Hoylandet, Norway,

Enlisted John Anders Brembu, of Hoylandet, Norway, a carpenter with the Theater Enabling Force of the Norwegian Army High Readiness Force, gathers the last bit of mortar from a batch at the construction site of... More

A young Estonian boy finds his way through the gunner’s

A young Estonian boy finds his way through the gunner’s

A young Estonian boy finds his way through the gunner’s hatch of a Humvee during a static display at Estonia’s Restoration of Independence Day celebration Aug. 20, in Karski-Nuia, Estonia. The event was a chanc... More

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan B. James, platoon sergeant

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan B. James, platoon sergeant

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan B. James, platoon sergeant with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conducts a safety brief prior to a combined missile and mortar live-fire... More

Pfc. Victor Ostos, of Las Cruces, N.M., an infantryman

Pfc. Victor Ostos, of Las Cruces, N.M., an infantryman

Pfc. Victor Ostos, of Las Cruces, N.M., an infantryman with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and his two Estonian counterparts wait for the command "Go" during th... More

Paratroopers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

Paratroopers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

Paratroopers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,173rd Airborne Brigade wait for liftoff on board a C-17 Globemaster airplane Sept. 1, during a combined U.S. and Estonian airborne oper... More

Sgt. Frank Stackowicz, of Greenwood, Fla., a section

Sgt. Frank Stackowicz, of Greenwood, Fla., a section

Sgt. Frank Stackowicz, of Greenwood, Fla., a section sergeant with Destined Company, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, expresses a concern to Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty, deputy commander of ... More

A member of the Estonian Women’s Home Defense team

A member of the Estonian Women’s Home Defense team

A member of the Estonian Women’s Home Defense team applies first aid to an Estonian Defense League soldier role playing as a casualty during the second annual Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge Aug. 8 near Tapa, Est... More

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, (second  from left) of Merritt

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, (second from left) of Merritt

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, (second from left) of Merritt Island, Fla., executive officer for Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, leads troops in practi... More

Capt. Matthew McCarthy, commander of Destined Company,

Capt. Matthew McCarthy, commander of Destined Company,

Capt. Matthew McCarthy, commander of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team conducts a jumpmaster personnel inspection on Capt. Taavi Talunik, of Rakvere, b... More

Sgt. Sean Fitzgibbons, (right) of North Attleboro,

Sgt. Sean Fitzgibbons, (right) of North Attleboro,

Sgt. Sean Fitzgibbons, (right) of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, an intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team r... More

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade coasts to a landing after conducting a joint training airborne jump in Nurmsi, Estonia, July 23, with the Estonian... More

Geiri Sperling, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Geiri Sperling, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Geiri Sperling, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization makes her way through a set of tires Aug. 7, during day 3 of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge in Rouge, Estonia. Throughout the c... More

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Army Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team share a high-five following their completion of the four-day journey of the Admiral Pitka Rec... More

Sgt. Robert Castilleja, (left) of Bakersfield, Calif.,

Sgt. Robert Castilleja, (left) of Bakersfield, Calif.,

Sgt. Robert Castilleja, (left) of Bakersfield, Calif., squad leader and Spc. Michael Corcoran, of Binghamton, N.Y., both infantryman with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry... More

Capt. Tatchie Manzo, of Bronx, New York, commander

Capt. Tatchie Manzo, of Bronx, New York, commander

Capt. Tatchie Manzo, of Bronx, New York, commander of Hound Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade steps up to attach his static line to the simulated door of a UH 60m Black Haw... More

Spc. Robert Remillard, of Carver, Mass., (front) a

Spc. Robert Remillard, of Carver, Mass., (front) a

Spc. Robert Remillard, of Carver, Mass., (front) a carpentry and masonry specialist with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, assemble... More

Pfc. Chase Montgomery, an infantryman with Destined

Pfc. Chase Montgomery, an infantryman with Destined

Pfc. Chase Montgomery, an infantryman with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and a young Estonian boy share a peaceful moment during a static display at Estonia’s ... More

Estonian Soldiers observe target hits during a combined

Estonian Soldiers observe target hits during a combined

Estonian Soldiers observe target hits during a combined missile and mortar live-fire range at the Central Training Area near Tapa, Estonia, Aug. 22, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Combined training oppo... More

Sgt. Magnus Nirk, of Voru, Estonia, a Soldier in the

Sgt. Magnus Nirk, of Voru, Estonia, a Soldier in the

Sgt. Magnus Nirk, of Voru, Estonia, a Soldier in the Estonian Defense Force’s Scout Battalion practices the target acquisition skills he learned during the combined MK19 grenade launcher and M2 .50-caliber mach... More

Spc. Thomas Christensen (top), of Tucson, Arizona,

Spc. Thomas Christensen (top), of Tucson, Arizona,

Spc. Thomas Christensen (top), of Tucson, Arizona, a parachute rigger with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade works to adjust the rigging straps on a ... More

A bundle of equipment floats to the ground as Soldiers

A bundle of equipment floats to the ground as Soldiers

A bundle of equipment floats to the ground as Soldiers assigned to Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, work together with Soldiers from the Estonian Defense League ... More

Pfc. Dominique Gray, of Las Vegas, Nev., a gunner with

Pfc. Dominique Gray, of Las Vegas, Nev., a gunner with

Pfc. Dominique Gray, of Las Vegas, Nev., a gunner with Destined Company, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, receives a coin from Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty, deputy commander of the 4th Infant... More

Spc. Jordan C. Ficken, a Greencastle, Pa., native,

Spc. Jordan C. Ficken, a Greencastle, Pa., native,

Spc. Jordan C. Ficken, a Greencastle, Pa., native, attached to the Long Range Surveillance (LRS) team, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry Regiment, Maryland National Guard, applies a bandage on an Estonian De... More

U.S. and Estonian Soldiers practice proper parachute

U.S. and Estonian Soldiers practice proper parachute

U.S. and Estonian Soldiers practice proper parachute techniques July 21, at Tapa Army Base. The event was part of the two-day airborne operations exercise during Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Army Photo by ... More

U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion,

U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion,

U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, return for the next chalk July 23, at a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia... More

Sgt. Hector Ortega, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a

Sgt. Hector Ortega, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a

Sgt. Hector Ortega, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a jumpmaster with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team inspects an Estonian Soldier prior to the days jump... More

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade prepares to land after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a joint training airborne jump in Nurmsi, Esto... More

Geiri Sperling, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Geiri Sperling, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Geiri Sperling, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization, makes her shot at the simulated grenade throwing event at the obstacle course Aug. 7, during day 3 of the Admiral Pitka Recon Cha... More

Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian

Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian

Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian Defense League meets with U.S. Army Soldiers of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team following their co... More

Spc. Benjamin Kelley, of Augusta, Ga., a driver with

Spc. Benjamin Kelley, of Augusta, Ga., a driver with

Spc. Benjamin Kelley, of Augusta, Ga., a driver with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), works to remove a tire from a Humvee during terrain ... More

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, of Merritt Island, Fla.,

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, of Merritt Island, Fla.,

First Lt. Joseph Hathcock, of Merritt Island, Fla., a jumpmaster with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade hooks in a Soldier with the Estonian Defense League to the ... More

U.S. Army engineers with 500th Engineer Company, 15th

U.S. Army engineers with 500th Engineer Company, 15th

U.S. Army engineers with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, work to assemble a brace on a wall at the construction site of a demolit... More

A volunteer with the Estonian Defense League (right)

A volunteer with the Estonian Defense League (right)

A volunteer with the Estonian Defense League (right) pulls security during a simulated firefight Aug. 20, during Estonia’s Restoration of Independence Day celebration Aug. 20, in Karski-Nuia, Estonia. The simul... More

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

A Soldier with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires a missile using the BGM-71 TOW anti-armor missile system during a combined missile and mortar live-fire ran... More

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense Force practice assembling

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense Force practice assembling

Soldiers with the Estonian Defense Force practice assembling an M2 .50-caliber machine gun during a combined preliminary marksmanship class Aug. 27, at Tapa Army Base. The training was part of Operation Atlanti... More

Spc. Carlos Segarra (top left), of Ponce, Puerto Rico,

Spc. Carlos Segarra (top left), of Ponce, Puerto Rico,

Spc. Carlos Segarra (top left), of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Spc. Lorenzo Jurado (top right), of Albuquerque, N.M. parachute riggers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 17... More

Evaluators from the Estonian Defense League observe

Evaluators from the Estonian Defense League observe

Evaluators from the Estonian Defense League observe Soldiers attached to the Long Range Surveillance (LRS) team, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry Regiment, Maryland National Guard, as they search for releva... More

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, practice proper landing techniques July 21, at Tapa Army Base in preparation for the next days’ airbor... More

Pfc. Darrin Sutton (red cap), of Chicago, a parachute

Pfc. Darrin Sutton (red cap), of Chicago, a parachute

Pfc. Darrin Sutton (red cap), of Chicago, a parachute rigger with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team assists in adjusting a parachute duri... More

An Estonian paratrooper makes his leap out of an American

An Estonian paratrooper makes his leap out of an American

An Estonian paratrooper makes his leap out of an American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter July 23, onto a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia. The event occurred during Operation Atlantic Resolve and was an opportunity to... More

Lisette Tohus, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Lisette Tohus, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary

Lisette Tohus, a member of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization, makes her way under a barbed wired stretch at the obstacle course Aug. 7, during day 3 of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge in Rou... More

Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian

Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian

Brig. Gen. Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian Defense League presents soldiers from the Finnish army with the award for best army of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge award ceremony Aug. 8, in Voru, Estoni... More

Sgt. Hector Ortega, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a

Sgt. Hector Ortega, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a

Sgt. Hector Ortega, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a jumpmaster with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conducts prior-to-jump training on a simulated UH 60m Black H... More

Pfc. Paola Mata, of Dallas, a heavy equipment operator

Pfc. Paola Mata, of Dallas, a heavy equipment operator

Pfc. Paola Mata, of Dallas, a heavy equipment operator with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, ground guides Enlisted Jonas Sundberg... More

Pvt. Tambet Tonisson, a Milan loader, in the Estonian

Pvt. Tambet Tonisson, a Milan loader, in the Estonian

Pvt. Tambet Tonisson, a Milan loader, in the Estonian Defense Force’s Scouts Battalion conducts a familiarization class on the Milan 2 Antitank System Aug. 22, during a combined missile and mortar live-fire ran... More

Pfc. Grant Burris, of Valrico, Fla., an infantryman

Pfc. Grant Burris, of Valrico, Fla., an infantryman

Pfc. Grant Burris, of Valrico, Fla., an infantryman with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade goes over the assembly of an M2 .50-caliber machine gun during a combine... More

Spc. Lorenzo Jurado, of Albuquerque, N.M., a parachute

Spc. Lorenzo Jurado, of Albuquerque, N.M., a parachute

Spc. Lorenzo Jurado, of Albuquerque, N.M., a parachute rigger with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade attaches some tubular nylon to the rigging of a ... More

Junior Sgt. Lauri Peterson (right), chief editor of

Junior Sgt. Lauri Peterson (right), chief editor of

Junior Sgt. Lauri Peterson (right), chief editor of the Estonian Defense Force’s “Soldier Magazine,” interviews Lt. Col. Geoffrey Wright, Army attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, during the second annual Ad... More

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, finish a practice land during an airborne operations refresher course July 21, at Tapa Army Base in pr... More

Estonian and U.S. troops get comfortable as two UH-60m

Estonian and U.S. troops get comfortable as two UH-60m

Estonian and U.S. troops get comfortable as two UH-60m Black Hawk helicopters flown by U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division begin loading paratr... More

Members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense

Members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense

Members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization get information for their next point after completing the obstacle course Aug. 7, during day 3 of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge in Rouge, Eston... More

Members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense

Members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense

Members of the Estonian Women’s Voluntary Defense Organization are presented a special award after completing the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge Aug. 8, in Voru, Estonia. During the challenge, participants must ... More

First Sgt. Barry Lovett, of Sweeny, Texas, first sergeant

First Sgt. Barry Lovett, of Sweeny, Texas, first sergeant

First Sgt. Barry Lovett, of Sweeny, Texas, first sergeant of Hound Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, helps a Destined Company Soldier get rigged up Aug. 16, during a combi... More

Pfc. Paola Mata, of Dallas, a heavy equipment operator

Pfc. Paola Mata, of Dallas, a heavy equipment operator

Pfc. Paola Mata, of Dallas, a heavy equipment operator with 500th Engineer Company, 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, supervises Enlisted Jonas Sundberg, ... More

Pvt. Tambet Tonisson, a Milan loader, in the Estonian

Pvt. Tambet Tonisson, a Milan loader, in the Estonian

Pvt. Tambet Tonisson, a Milan loader, in the Estonian Defense Force’s Scouts Battalion demonstrates a proper fighting position on a the Milan 2 Antitank System to Soldiers of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 50... More

Sgt. Kert Klavin, of Tallinn, Estonia, a Soldier in

Sgt. Kert Klavin, of Tallinn, Estonia, a Soldier in

Sgt. Kert Klavin, of Tallinn, Estonia, a Soldier in the Estonian Defense Force’s Kalev Infantry Battalion gathers his ammo for the MK19 grenade launcher before his turn to shoot Aug. 30, during a combined live-... More

Pvt. Robert Covey, a paratrooper with Destined Company,

Pvt. Robert Covey, a paratrooper with Destined Company,

Pvt. Robert Covey, a paratrooper with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade works to tie down the shackle of a Humvee during a rigging class Sept. 2, in preparation fo... More

Paratroopers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry

Paratroopers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry

Paratroopers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, apply their combat lifesaver skills to Estonian Defense League members acting as casualties during the second annual Admir... More

Sgt. Hector Ortega, (center) jumpmaster and Cpt. Matthew

Sgt. Hector Ortega, (center) jumpmaster and Cpt. Matthew

Sgt. Hector Ortega, (center) jumpmaster and Cpt. Matthew McCarthy, (helmet) commander of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, demonstrate proper static l... More

U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion,

U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion,

U.S. Army Aviation Soldiers with B Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in their two UH-60m Black Hawk helicopters, depart from the loading area with chalks one and two July 23, ... More

Estonian Defense Force soldiers with the Kuperjanovi

Estonian Defense Force soldiers with the Kuperjanovi

Estonian Defense Force soldiers with the Kuperjanovi Infantry Battalion receive first place in the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge during an award ceremony Aug. 8, in Voru, Estonia. The Pitka Challenge is a chanc... More

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers wait for their turn to jump

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers wait for their turn to jump

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers wait for their turn to jump Aug. 16, during a joint airborne operations training exercise at a landing zone near Nurmsi, Estonia. Although the airborne operation was the main mission ... More

Spc. Benjamin Kelley, of Augusta, Ga., a driver with

Spc. Benjamin Kelley, of Augusta, Ga., a driver with

Spc. Benjamin Kelley, of Augusta, Ga., a driver with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, gets a feel for the Milan 2 Antitank System Aug. 22, during a familiarizati... More

Sgt. Kert Klavin, of Tallinn, Estonia, a Soldier in

Sgt. Kert Klavin, of Tallinn, Estonia, a Soldier in

Sgt. Kert Klavin, of Tallinn, Estonia, a Soldier in the Estonian Defense Force’s Kalev Infantry Battalion identifies his target during a combined live-fire range Aug. 30 at the Central Training Area near Tapa, ... More

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lucas Crumpton, of Lewisville,

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lucas Crumpton, of Lewisville,

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lucas Crumpton, of Lewisville, Texas, a loadmaster with NATO’s Heavy Airlift Wing, Heavy Airlift Squadron guides a Humvee out of a C-17 Globemaster military cargo plane during a riggin... More

Pfc. Michael Lewis, of St. Mary’s, Md., a petroleum

Pfc. Michael Lewis, of St. Mary’s, Md., a petroleum

Pfc. Michael Lewis, of St. Mary’s, Md., a petroleum supply specialist with E Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division prepares to fuel a UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter July 21, at Tapa A... More

‘Chalk three,’ made up of U.S. and Estonian Soldiers,

‘Chalk three,’ made up of U.S. and Estonian Soldiers,

‘Chalk three,’ made up of U.S. and Estonian Soldiers, approach a UH-60m Black Hawk helicopter upon its arrival to the loading area July 23, at a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia during a joint airborne operations e... More

Participants and officials of the Admiral Pitka Recon

Participants and officials of the Admiral Pitka Recon

Participants and officials of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge enjoy a spread of hors-d'oeuvres Aug. 8, following the completion of the challenge. The competition took place during Operation Atlantic Resolve, ... More

Soldiers of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, head toward the drop zone Aug. 16, during a combined airborne operations training exercise at a landing zone near Nu... More

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd

Soldiers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,173rd Airborne Brigade and Estonian Defense Force’s Scouts Battalion assemble a Milan 2 Antitank System Aug. 22, during a familiarization c... More

Paratroopers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

Paratroopers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion,

Paratroopers with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,173rd Airborne Brigade unload their Humvees from a C-17 Globemaster military cargo plane during a rigging class Sept. 2, in preparation... More

U.S. and Estonian Soldiers practice airborne operation

U.S. and Estonian Soldiers practice airborne operation

U.S. and Estonian Soldiers practice airborne operation procedures on a UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter July 21, at Tapa Army Base. The event was in preparation for the jump that would take place the next day. (U.S.... More

A UH-60m Black Hawk helicopter takes off from the loading

A UH-60m Black Hawk helicopter takes off from the loading

A UH-60m Black Hawk helicopter takes off from the loading area during a joint airborne operations exercise July 23, at a drop zone in Nurmsi, Estonia. The U.S. and Estonian paratroopers inside prepared for dece... More

A U.S. paratrooper with 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry

A U.S. paratrooper with 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry

A U.S. paratrooper with 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, waits for lift off while on a UH 60m Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 16, during a combined airborne operations exercise at a la... More

Spc. Kyle Lawler, of New Palestine, Ind., an infantryman

Spc. Kyle Lawler, of New Palestine, Ind., an infantryman

Spc. Kyle Lawler, of New Palestine, Ind., an infantryman with Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,173rd Airborne Brigade prepares to load a simulated missile onto a Milan 2 Antitank System ... More

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lucas Crumpton, of Lewisville,

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lucas Crumpton, of Lewisville,

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lucas Crumpton, of Lewisville, Texas, a loadmaster with NATO’s Heavy Airlift Wing, Heavy Airlift Squadron inspects a parachute on the rigging of a heavy load bundle Sept. 3, in prepara... More

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