The US is Reactivating the 11th Airborne Division
Category: News & PoliticsVia: kavika • one month ago • 22 comments
By: Jakub Wozniak (Overt Defense)
This article will be of interest to NT veterans, especially those that served in Alaska and Airborne members of NT.
The 11th Airborne was deactivated in 1965, prior to that it was the only Airborne Division that fought in the Pacific theater in WWII. the 187th RCT of the 11th Airborne fought in Korea and made two combat jumps there. My cuz, Lemon' Clark was part of the 187th in Korea. ''All the way cuz''...Link to the history of the 187th RCT. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/187th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States)
This link gives the history of the 11th Airborne and is well worth reading. The 11th took part in the '' raid at Los Baños'' along with the Alamo Scouts, Philippine guerillas, and US Army Rangers.
The reactivation of the 11th will bring a huge change to the US Army, Alaska. Recently more and more emphasis has been put on Aritic training with a number of US Special Forces undergoing arctic training.
Currently, the 10th Mountain Division is the only cold weather/mountain troops in the US Army. In that group is the 87th Infantry the first US Mountain and Ski troops formed and activated in WWII.
Senator Bob Dole and the Von Trapp brothers were part of the famed 87th.
By Jakub Wozniak in Army, History, News, USA May 23, 2022
This month, the US Chief of Staff of the Army and Secretary of the Army announced to the senate that the army plans to reactivate the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska. There are currently two major units in the state: the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne); they will form the core of the new division. Supporting elements in Alaska will also become part of the division. In other words, the 11th Airborne division is replacing US Army Alaska.
Artillerymen of the 1st Brigade Combat Team. While currently part of the 25th Infantry division, the BCT will soon become part of the new 11th Airborne division. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)
The two brigade combat teams in Alaska are currently part of the 25th Infantry Division which is based out of Hawaii where two other divisional brigade combat teams, the division's aviation brigade and other supporting elements are located.
The reactivated 11th airborne will have soldiers wear an "arctic" tab in addition to the divisions' traditional "airborne" tab.
The army hopes that splitting the 25th division in two will allow what has thus been organized as "US Army Alaska" to form a new, stronger identity that will reinforce the army's growing focus on the arctic region. According to Chief of Staff of the Army General. James C. McConville:
"The 11th has a great history and heritage that means a lot to Soldiers. Also, we're looking at the Arctic very differently. We put out a strategy. We think it's very different. […] We've got to be able to operate in that environment. We have to make sure the units have the capabilities, and that gives them the confidence to be special. They have the right vehicles to operate in the coldest climate. They have the right equipment and the right clothing. All those things come together to give them a sense of identity."
The 11th Airborne Division was one of the five formed during World War II and the only one to operate in the Pacific Theater. After seeing action on the islands of Leyete and Luzon during the war, the division played a major role in the occupation of Japan between 1945 and 1949 and was eventually inactivated in 1958.
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