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Leapfest 18

Although registration is now closed, Leapfest will host teams of parachute trained Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen from nine countries:

– Special Operations Detachment – OTAN/NATO, Maryland National Guard

12 Air Assault (Minden) Battery, 12th Regiment Royal Artillery

– Directorate of Special Operations, Botswana Defense Force

– US Army Airborne School, Fort Benning

– 82nd Airborne Division

E Company (LRS/ABN), 134th Infantry Regiment

– 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

– Associazione Nazionale Paracadutisti d’Italia

– 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines

– 19th Special Forces Group, Airborne

21 Air Assault (Gibraltar) Battery, 32 Regiment Royal Artillery

– II Squadron RAF Regiment

B Company, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Joint Communications Support Element

– 18th Air Support Operations Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

– 195th Quartermaster Detachment & 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations)(Airborne), Nebraska Army National Guard

– 16 Air Assault Brigade

7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

23 Parachute Engineer Regiment

– Parachute Signals Recruiting and Induction

– The Parachute Regiment

– 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment – 4 PARA

16 Medical Regiment

13 Air Assault Support Regiment

8 Parachute Field Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

– 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade – air assault “7 december”

C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment

– U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center

– 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, JRTC and Fort Polk

B Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment

165th Quartermaster Company (Brigade Aerial Delivery Support)

– 17th Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command

– 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson JBER (official)

25th Air Support Operations Squadron

Luftlandebrigade 1 “SAARLAND”

14th Air Support Operations Squadron

Companie A, 3e Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment

– Special Operations Detachment-Global, Rhode Island National Guard

– 44 Parachute Brigade, South African Defense Force

– Aerial Delivery & Field Services Department, Quartermaster School

– 43. výsadkový prapor Chrudim


9 Responses to “Leapfest 18”

  1. Strike-Hold says:

    Looking forward to it! Great to see more international teams have signed up.

  2. Adun says:

    I was wondering if we were going to see some Israeli units on the list since they have participated in more international training/competition events recently.

    • JM Gavin says:

      You’ll never know the Israelis are there…at least not until we review the security camera footage at the hotel.

      • Adun says:

        Meh, they announced when they were participating in the other two exercises recently. What was it, one in Germany where they practiced taking an airfield as a platoon sized element and another in the Pacific?

        • Dave says:

          IDF participated with the 143rd as the first joint forcible entry between US and Israeli paratroopers into Poland this summer.

  3. Mehmaster says:

    173rd isn’t participating?

    • SSD says:

      I’m sure operational commitments outweigh a CONUS jump competition.

    • Dave says:

      1st BN 143rd IN is the 3rd maneuver BN for the 173rd. They are a guard unit but are part of the AUP for the US Army.

  4. Dave says:

    Can’t wait…we live right between the pick up and drop zones and like to get over to the landing area. The air traffic starting a day or two before and then during the competition is a sight to behold, for sure!