This week, paratroopers with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division will fly to South America to train with their Colombian counterparts.

The 75 paratroopers are taking part in a multinational training exercise in Colombia as part of their efforts to maintain readiness to respond to threats around the world.

An example of the need to stay ready came on New Year’s Eve when hundreds of paratroopers went from relaxing at home to deploying to the Middle East within hours.

It’s something the 82nd Airborne’s Immediate Response Force prepares for constantly with exercises like the one happening in Columbia.

Feature photo: In this July 30th, 2014, file photo, U.S. paratroopers team up with their counterparts from multiple nations for an exercise in Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. This week, readiness preparation will continue for U.S. forces as they take part in a multinational training exercise in Colombia. On Thursday, Jna. 23, 2020, about 75 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will team up with their Colombian counterparts for training both on the ground and in the air. (Department of Defense).

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