The Airborne Division is organized to be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world to: secure critical installations or facilities; reinforce us and allied forces; and conduct a show of force. This division can conduct a parachute assault in the threat's rear to secure terrain or to interdict routes of resupply or threat withdrawal. It can also be garlanded. It can conduct air assault operations as well as other missions normally assigned to infantry divisions
Airborne operations are most often joint operations with the US Air Force, which provides the airlift, close air support, and aerial resupply for the airborne forces. Normally, units participating in an airborne operation are assigned to a joint task force. Airborne operations may be supported by naval air and naval gunfire if the operational area is within range.
Airborne operations are generally executed in two phases: assault and defense. In the assault phase, Air Force aircraft transport division units to the operational area to conduct a parachute assault. Before and during the assault, supporting fires are delivered by close air support, naval gunfire, or both. After the parachute assault, units assemble and seize assault objectives. Artillery begins providing fire support as soon as possible after landing. Close air support continues with priority to armor and forces beyond artillery range. Additional units are airlanded as landing zones are secured. The defense phase begins when assault objectives are seized. An all-ground defense is organized when the force is in threat-occupied territory. The division masses and then conducts operations in the same manner as the infantry division. Airborne operations usually end on linkup or extraction of the division.
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