In October 2002 Aircraft and personnel at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska participated in a bilateral exercise with Indian military forces. The exercise, named Geronimo Thrust, was hosted by the U.S. Army Alaska at Fort Richardson. The exercise involved parachute jump ground training, day and night parachute jumps, maneuver training, and live firing. Airfield support for the Indian Air Force's IL-76 aircraft and the parachute drops are being supported by the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf. U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft with the wing's 517th Airlift Squadron are flying exercise missions throughout the week, supporting U.S. Army and Indian troop jumps. Troops from the Indian Parachute Brigade and an IL-76 (transport) aircraft of the Indian Air Force participated in Geronimo Thrust from September 29 to October 2 in Alaska. The US Army's Para Infantry Regiment, Alaska, a Hercules C-130 aircraft and Chinook helicopters from the US Pacific Air Force will be involved in the exercise.
Geronimo Thrust followed the joint training exercise, "Balance Iroqois", involving parachute battalions, in May 2002 at Agra.
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