US-Indian Army Combined Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010

Almost 400 paratroopers from both armies jumped and landed at Malamute Drop Zone as part of a friendship jump for combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. It was the first time the U.S. Army and the Indian army conducted a combined jump. Soldiers participating in the combined jump qualified to receive foreign jump wings which were presented in a ceremony Nov. 13.

Yudh Abhyas is a regularly-scheduled bilateral, conventional-forces training exercise, sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific and the Indian Army. The exercise is designed to promote cooperation between the two militaries to develop U.S. Army Pacific and USARAK relationships with India and promote interoperability through combined Military Decision Making Process, battle tracking and maneuvering forces, and exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures.

U.S. Soldiers and their Indian counterparts conducted a command post exercise, airborne operations training, marksmanship and tactical training to improve partnership readiness and cooperation between the armies of India and the United States during the Yudh Abhyas 2010. The duration of the combined training lasted for 14 days.

The Indian team comprises infantrymen from units of 62 Infantry Brigade and 5 Para. They will be holding the exercise till November 14 with the US Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), which is also known as ‘Spartan’ of 25th Infantry Division, and the 79th Brigade Combat Team (National Guard).

Senior leaders from US and Indian armies conduct a troop inspection during the Yudh Abhyas opening ceremony of the annual joint and bilateral training exercise at the Buckner Physical Fitness Centre on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

Sgt. Lindsay Ebert, 79th Special Troops Battalion (California National Guard) takes some Indian food during a Diwali festival celebrated Nov. 5 with soldiers from the Indian Army and U.S. Army Alaska at the Wilderness Inn dining facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong)

An Indian Army soldier offers sweets to Maj. John Hill, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, during a Diwali festival celebrated Nov. 5 with soldiers from the Indian Army and U.S. Army Alaska at the Wilderness Inn dining facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong)

An Indian Army soldier lights candles during the Diwali celebrations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Cpl. Balreet Kaur, a medic for the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (California National Guard), discusses exercise communication procedures with an Indian Army soldier at the battle command training center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Nov. 4 during the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. Balreet and her sister, Spc. Jasleen Kaur, also a medic for 79th IBCT, are cultural liaisons for the 14-day exercise that began Nov 1. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong)

A soldier from the Indian army fires the Javelin anti-tank missile

US Army Sgt Galan Carter helps an Indian soldier with his M-4 carbine rifle during small arms training.

US Army Sgt Galan Carter instructs Indian soldiers on how to properly load an M-249 light machine gun.

US Army Spc Grant Fitz shows an Indian soldier where the magazine release is located on an M-4 caliber rifle during their first day of joint training

US Army Cpl Balreet Kaur and Spc Jasleen Kaur, India-born sisters, compare common courtesies of the United States and India with an Indian soldier before the opening ceremony for the combined training exercise

US Army Sgt David Lowry explains proper fire positioning of an M-4 caliber rifle to an Indian soldier during their first day of joint training at the Battle Command Training Centre and Education Centre on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

US Army Sgt David Noffsinger ensures an Indian soldier follows proper firing technique during small arms training as part of the bilateral training exercise Yudh Abhyas on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Noffsinger is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

US Army Sgt Jose Badillo explains to an Indian soldier how to tighten his shot group during small arms training as part of the bilateral training exercise.

An Indian soldier prepares to clear a building during an air assault and raid mission at Site Summit on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

US Army Staff Sgt Patrick Liddle (right) checks the harness straps of an Indian soldier as part of the bilateral training exercise Yudh Abhyas during basic airborne refresher training.

Sgt Zachery Adkins, a scout with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, issues orders to team leaders during training with Indian army soldiers on US Army troop leading procedures at forward operating base Sparta.

Indian army soldiers pull security during training on US Army troop leading procedures at forward operating base Sparta on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

An Indian Army soldier practices US Army exiting techniques after jumping out of a 34-foot tower on a zip-line during basic airborne refresher training as part of the bilateral training exercise.

US Army Sgt 1st Class David Holmes hands static lines to Indian soldiers during basic airborne refresher training.

US Army Staff Sgt Michael Cavallo clips an Indian soldier to a zip-line for a 34-foot tower jump during basic airborne refresher training.

An Indian soldier pulls security during a rehearsal at Forward Operating Base Sparta in preparation for a night air assault and raid mission

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – U.S. and Indian army soldiers sit in the back of a C-17 aircraft awaiting commands from jump masters to begin their combined parachute jump Nov. 10.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – A Soldier from 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, assists the jump master inspection of the aircraft door in preparation for the combined parachute jump Nov. 10.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian army jump from a C-17 Nov. 10 during a combined airborne jump that landed them at Malamute drop-zone Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The jump included almost 400 soldiers from both armies and was conducted as part of the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist/released)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — An Indian Army soldier prepares to land at Malamute drop-zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson after conducting a combined airborne jump Nov. 10 that included almost 400 soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian army as part of the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist/released)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Spc. Timothy Mclaughlin, scout, Alpha troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, packs his parachute after landing at Malamute drop-zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during a combined airborne jump Nov. 10 (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist/released).

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —Indian army soldiers tell U.S. Army Alaska soldiers that they had a good jump as they walk up to turn-in their parachutes at Malamute drop-zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson after conducting a combined airborne jump Nov. 10 that included almost 400 soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian army as part of the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist/released)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — An Indian Army soldier packs up his parachute and looks for the parachute turn-in point at Malamute drop-zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson after conducting a combined airborne jump Nov. 10 that included almost 400 soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian army as part of the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist/released)

Lt. Col. Christopher J. Cassibry, commander of 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, presents a gift to a leader from the Indian army during an airborne jump wing exchange ceremony Nov. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The soldiers earned their foreign jump wings Nov. 10 when they conducted a combined jump during exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist)

Soldiers of U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian army stand ready to receive foreign airborne jump wings during a wing exchange ceremony Nov. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The soldiers earned their foreign jump wings Nov. 10 when they conducted a combined jump during exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist)

Spc. Sean Cuba, infantryman, Charlie Troop,1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, pins U.S. Army airborne jump wings on an Indian army soldier during a wing exchange ceremony Nov. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Soldiers earned their foreign jump wings Nov. 10 when they conducted a combined jump during exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong, Public Affairs Specialist)

Lt Col Christopher Cassibry, commander of 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, leads the colour guard during the November 14 closing ceremony of combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010 at Buckner Physical Fitness Centre on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

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