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Members of the 101st Airborne Division (air assault) 2/31st Field Artillery, as they row down the river in a rubber raft during a water field training exercise

Members of the Utah Army National Guard, armed with M-16A1 rifles, conduct an "air assault" on the Colorado Army National Guard during Exercise Brim Frost '83

PVT. 2 Fernando Gonzales and PFC. Michael Narris of Charlie Company, 1ST/19th Scout Platoon, await the 25th Combat Aviation Bn. UH-1A Iroquois helicopter that will pick them up for an air assault during exercise Opportune Journey 4-84

U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters fly an air assault training mission during exercise Bright Star '83

Six UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters of the 101st Airborne Division fly above a group of soldiers in the desert, as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83

An Egyptian soldier kneels down so that an American soldier can use his field radio to direct helicopter pilots, as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83

Members of the 101st Airborne Division move toward a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83

Egyptian soldiers stand by to begin air assault training during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83

Egyptian (Soviet designed) Mil Mi-8 (Hip-F) helicopters are prepared for an air assault during the joint exercise Bright Star '83

Two UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division airlift troops and M-151 light vehicles with trailers, as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83. The exercise involves troops from the U.S., Egypt, Sudan and Somalia

A soldier uses a field radio to direct helicopters as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83. Visible is an M274 4x4 lightweight vehicle (mechanical mule)

An Egyptian soldier observes American soldiers communicating with helicopter pilots, as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83. The soldier in the background is armed with a Stinger anti-aircraft guided missile system

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 21st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, move toward a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for an air assault during the joint South Korean/US training Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '84

Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Type 61 main battle tanks move into position to support an air assault by troops of the 25th Infantry Division during bilateral training Exercise ORIENT SHIELD

The platoon sergeant and radio-telephone operator of the 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf Div., move out from the landing zone while participating in an air assault during the joint U.S./Korean Exercise Team Spirit '86

Soldier of the 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., participate in an air assault during the joint U.S./South Korean exercise Team Spirit '86

Soldiers of the 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., exit from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter while participating in an air assault during the joint U.S./Korean Exercise Team Spirit '86

A soldier of the 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., takes cover in a rice paddy while participating in an air assault during the joint U.S./South Korean exercise Team Spirit '86

Major General Edward L. Trobaugh, deputy commanding general, 5th US Army, observes an air assault by soldiers of the 1ST Battalion, 35th Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division, during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '86

Soldiers of the1st Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., move out from the landing zone while participating in an air assault during the joint U.S./South Korean exercise Team Spirit '86. The soldier in the foreground is carrying an M-47 Dragon anti-tank missile on his back

Soldiers of the 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., move out of the air assault landing zone after being dropped off by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the joint U.S./Korean Exercise Team Spirit '86

Soldiers of the 1ST Battalion, 35th Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division, spread out along a rice paddy while participating in an air assault during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '86

SGT. Shane Olsen, Company A, 82nd Airborne Division, wrap up camouflage netting cord during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

SGT. Lezar Christie, Company A, 82nd Airborne Division, places camouflage poles in a carrying case during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

UH-1 Iroquois helicopters take off after picking up air-assault troops during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Soldiers of Co. C, 1ST Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regt., run toward a waiting UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

SPECIALIST (SPC) John Murphy, Company B, 1ST Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, covers a radio antenna with camouflage during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

The crew chief of an OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter performs a preflight check during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A member of the 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, reports kills made by MIM-23 Hawk missiles during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Camouflage netting covers an AN/MPQ-50 pulse aquisition radar site set up in a field during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

An XM-501E2 loader/transporter is moved in to remove an MIM-23 Hawk missile from its launcher during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

An AH-1S Cobra helicopter flies support for an air assault during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

STAFF Sergeant (SSG) Rodger Martin of Company B, 1ST Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, sends a message on a high frequency RT 109/VRC radio during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

CH-47 Chinook helicopters airlift artillery pieces in support of air-assault units during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

An AH-1S Cobra helicopter flies support for an air assault during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Soldiers of Co. A, 1ST Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regt., march through a bean field toward a landing zone during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, prepare amphibious assault rafts for use during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Supplies dropped from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft descend to the ground during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

STAFF Sergeant (SSG) Larry Dickerson of Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, performs some minor adjustments on an AN/MPQ-57 radar set during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

The engine of the US Army train assigned to transport equipment during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A member of the 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, directs an M35A2 truck onto a railway loading platform during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, use camouflage netting to cover their radio base during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A close-up view of an MIM-23 Hawk missile deployed in the field during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

AH-1S Cobra helicopters prepare for takeoff in support to the air assault units during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, prepare amphibious assault rafts for use during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A platoon sergeant of Co. A, 1ST Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regt., uses a field radio to call in for orders from battalion headquarters during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

M-35A2 trucks of the 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, are loaded aboard a railcar during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

CH-47 Chinook helicopters airlift artillery pieces in support of air-assault units during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 325th Airborne Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, prepare amphibious assault rafts for use during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Armed with an M60 machine gun, Private 2 Tony Burch of Company A, 1ST Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, prepares to move out during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Camouflage netting covers a AN/MPQ-50 pulse aquisition radar site during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A member of the 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, directs an M-35A2 truck onto a railcar during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Vehicles of the 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, await loading aboard a C-5A Galaxy aircraft during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

UH-1 Iroquois helicopters stand by to pick up members of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A crane is used to unload cargo from vehicles during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

PVT. 2 Tony Burch, Co. A, 1ST Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regt., defends a perimeter with an M-249 machine gun during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

A close-up view of an MIM-23 Hawk missile deployed in the field during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

An XM-501E2 loader/transporter carries an MIM-23 Hawk missile across a field during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

SPEC. 4 Robert Kaltz of the 3rd Battalion, 68th Air Defense Artillery, plots the course of MIM-23 Hawk missiles during a joint Air Force and Army air-drop/air-assault exercise

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand at parade rest during a battalion formation held before the unit's departure for the Sinai. The unit, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Lou Huddleston, is replacing the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized)

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 187th Airborne Division (Air Assault) color guard present the colors during a battalion formation held before the unit's departure for the Sinai. The unit, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Lou Huddleston, is replacing the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized)

Members of the 1ST Bn., 187th Inf., 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault) color guard present the colors during a battalion formation held before the unit's departure for the Sinai. The unit, commanded by LT. COL. Lou Huddleston, is replacing the 3rd Bn., 47th Inf., 9th Inf. Div. (Motorized)

Soldiers rappel from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during "Light Fighter Academy" air assault training

Soldiers of the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit help push a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the SAUDI HAIL for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Artwork: "Air Assault, Tinajitas" Artist: Al Sprague CatAlog Number: 15.8.90

A helicopter crewman from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stands beside an AH-64A Apache helicopter as it is prepared for takeoff during Operation Desert Shield. The helicopter is armed with an M-230A1 30mm automatic cannon beneath its cockpit and is carrying AGM-114 Hellfire missiles on its wing pylon

A company from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) marches across the apron to board the aircraft that will carry the unit to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) board a transport aircraft that will take them to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

Reporters speak with several soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) inside a terminal building as other members of the unit wait to board an aircraft to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

The headquarters staff leads the way as a unit of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) marches across the apron to board the aircraft that will carry them to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

With his M-60 machine gun slung across his chest, a machine gunner with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) holds several boxes of ammunition as he waits to board an aircraft with his unit to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

An M-997 heavy expanded mobility tactical truck (HEMTT) is driven onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the SAUDI HAIL for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Two soldiers from the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit hold up the tail of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter as it is towed onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

A soldier of the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit stands near the bow of the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

A tow tractor pulls a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter up the stern ramp of the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

A soldier from the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit holds the tail of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter as it is pulled across the pier during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

A tow tractor pulls a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter to the top of the stern ramp of the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

An M-816 5-ton wrecker is driven onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the SAUDI HAIL for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Soldiers of the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit hold up the tail of a covered AH-1 Cobra helicopter as it is towed onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Wrapped in protective covers, helicopters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) sit on the pier at Blount Island Terminal. The helicopters are to be loaded aboard the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo sh SAUDI HAIL for transportation to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Soldiers of the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit prepare to move a covered AH-1 Cobra helicopter onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Two soldiers from the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit hold up the tail of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter as it is towed onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

A soldier from the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit holds the tail of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter as it is pulled across the pier during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Right side profile shot of a US Army UH-60 "Black Hawk" helicopter on the ground at Merca, Somalia. Five Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York jump out of the helicopter for the air assault into Merca from Baledogle, Somalia on 31 Dec. 92. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Army troops from the 10th Mountain Division, Fort drum, N.Y. are escorted to their helicopters by an IKE safety officer during air assault rehearsal on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) en route to Haiti

A US Navy H-53 Sea King Helicopter participate in flight operations on board the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) during the air assault rehearsal Sept. 17, 1994

US Army Cobra gunship helicopters standby for take off during an air assault rehearsal

US Army Cobra gunship helicopters standby for take off during an air assault rehearsal on board the aircraft carrier

US Army helicopters prepare for an air assault rehearsal on board the aircraft carrier while enroute to Haiti. AH-1 Cobra Gunships, OH-58 Kiowas, and a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) are visible on the flight deck

Soldiers from A Company, 2nd Brigade, 22nd Light Infantry Division, cross the flight deck after completing a mock air assault in a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) on in preparation for the Haiti invasion

A US Navy CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter participates in flight operations on board the aircraft carrier during the air assault rehearsal

AH-1 Cobra Gunship helicopters standby for take off during an air assault rehearsal on the aircraft carrier. UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk)s are in the foreground

A UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter is guided in for a landing on deck of the aircraft carrier during an air assault rehearsal

Army troops of the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. are elevated to the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) on the Number 1 elevator for a dress rehearsal air assault while en route to Haiti

AH-1 Cobra Gunship helicopters standby for take off during an air assault rehearsal on the aircraft carrier. UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk)s are in the foreground

US Army Cobra Gunship helicopters stand by for take off during an air assault rehearsal on board the aircraft carrier

A view looking forward on the starboard side of the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) en route to Haiti. Helicopters from the Army's 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. are parked on deck during an air assault rehearsal. They include an AH-60 Blackhawk, an OH-58 Kiowa observation helicopter and several AH-1 Cobra attack gunship helicopters

SPECIALIST Jeff Keith and Private 2nd Class Louis Chamorrow, A Company, 117th Infantry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, guard their position during an air assault. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Several UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, hover gracefully over the treeline at Donnelly drop zone during the start of an air assault. Exact Date Shot Unknown

(Night Scope PHOTO.) US Army soldiers of A Company, 1ST Battalion, 13th Armor, 3rd Brigade, 1ST Armored Division (Team Tank) , as they move to their positions after arriving at the former living area Steele Castle, designated Landing Zone Castle, during an air assault training mission. In the foreground are mock "munitions" waiting to be slingloaded. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation JOINT GUARD, 13 August 1997