Paratroopers landing on flat ground, with mountains in the background (Specialist Edward Randolph/U.S. Army)
U.S. Army paratroopers conduct an airborne exercise alongside members of the National Army of Colombia in Colombia. (Specialist Edward Randolph/U.S. Army)

The United States and Colombian militaries recently completed an airborne assault exercise in Nilo, Colombia, that included U.S. and Colombian paratroopers jumping out of C-130 Hercules airplanes.

Military member holding up an orange and yellow cloth to signal to airborne helicopters (Sergeant Andrea Salgado Rivera/U.S. Army)
A member of the National Army of Colombia signals a landing zone during combined exercises. (Sergeant Andrea Salgado Rivera/U.S. Army)

The January 23–29 exercise included approximately 75 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division and 40 personnel from U.S. Army South alongside Colombian paratroopers.

“This airborne exercise demonstrates the interoperability, lethality and professionalism of our militaries,” U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said in a statement.

Uniformed men with guns kneeling in a field in front of a landing helicopter (Master Sergeant Alexander Burnett/82nd Airborne Division)
Paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division secure a landing zone alongside their counterparts from 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Tolemaida, Colombia. (Master Sergeant Alexander Burnett/82nd Airborne Division)

The United States regularly carries out multinational exercises throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen partnerships and build readiness. “This Airborne exercise illustrates our enduring commitment to our shared neighborhood, the Western Hemisphere,” a news release from U.S. Southern Command said.

Uniformed men with guns walking through tall grass (Specialist Edward Randolph/U.S. Army); officer pinning badge on soldier in row of soldiers (Master Sergeant Alexander Burnett/82nd Airborne Division); paratroopers from two countries standing next to each other (Master Sergeant Alexander Burnett/82nd Airborne Division)
The joint U.S.-Colombia exercise worked on strategic and tactical readiness. (Left, Specialist Edward Randolph/U.S. Army; center and right, Master Sergeant Alexander Burnett/82nd Airborne Division)