Thu Mar 16, 2017, 11:39 PM
Agent_86 (1,955 posts)
US soldiers train for jungle warfare in Hawaii rainforest
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army soldiers finished wading across a stream in a rainforest in Hawaii, and they were soaked. Their boots and socks were water-logged and their clothes, hair and ears were caked with mud.
The soldiers were going through training at the first jungle school the Army has established in decades. The course is part of a program to train soldiers for exercises and potential combat on terrain that looks more like islands and nations in the Pacific than arid Afghanistan and the deserts of the Middle East.
Brig. Gen. Stephen Michael, deputy commander of the 25th Infantry Division, said the Army set up the school as its footprint was shrinking in Iraq and Afghanistan after more than a decade of war in those countries.
"The jungle school gives us that focus, it reinforces that we're in the Pacific," Michael said. "If you're in the 25th, you understand you got to fight in the tough environment of the Pacific."
As I was looking at these photos I imagined my uncle Tony, about 75 years ago, having been activated from a national guard unit in California, being sent to Hawaii where he too trained for jungle warfare. He was a soldier in F company, 160th regiment, 40th Infantry (Sunshine) Division.
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