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Nearly 4,400 Soldiers from Around World in South Dakota. Effectively Making Us The Last State You Want to Mess With.

More than 4,400 service members from 45 units representing 15 states, which includes soldiers from five allied nations from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Suriname and Germany have arrived at the Black Hills of South Dakota and Camp Guernsey, Wyoming.

The two week training exercise known as Golden Coyote, marks it’s 30th year as soldiers train in engineering, simulated military operations, humanitarian missions, and other skill-enhancing drills.

The benefit to such a large-scale operation is soldiers with different training to work together and perform a successful operation in the most critical of times.

Among those in training are 250 paratroopers from the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), who exited out of C-130 aircraft and landed to secure a drop zone as they infiltrated Golden Coyote.

Hosted by the South Dakota Army National Guard and held in the Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park – the two-week exercise concludes on June 21st.

Golden Coyote paratroopers
250 Texas Army National Guard paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), fill the sky during the 30th annual Golden Coyote training exercise June 9, 2014, at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Tangen)
Golden Coyote released photo
The Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, left, and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, the adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, visits Forward Operating Base Custer in Custer State Park, S.D. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Tangen)
Golden Coyote released photo
The Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel compliments Texas Army National Guard Maj. Max H. Krupp, commander of the 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), after successfully deploying 250 paratroopers at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Tangen)
Golden Coyote released photo
Members of the 311th Brigade Support Battalion, Missouri National Guard, explains the process of their water purification system to the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Tangen

 

 

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