Army, Air Force Deploy
Strykers North of the Arctic Circle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — November 5, 2015 — The U.S. Army and Air Force teamed up Nov. 3-4,
to deploy Stryker vehicles north of the Arctic Circle for the first time ever,
according to a U.S. Army Alaska news release issued today.
Operation Arctic Pegasus, a joint, multi-agency exercise tested the rapid
deployment capability of the Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, with Air
Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft delivering four Stryker vehicles and
approximately 40 soldiers to Deadhorse, Alaska.
U.S. Army Alaska Stryker vehicles from Bravo Company, 3rd
Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, unload from
an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III above the Arctic Circle as part of Operation
Arctic Pegasus at Deadhorse, Alaska, Nov. 3, 2015.
The brigade regularly trains to rapidly deploy in support of contingencies
across U.S. Army Alaska’s unique area of operation, stretching from the Arctic
Circle to the southern reaches of the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere as
U.S. Army Alaska soldiers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry
Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade scan the Arctic tundra from the air-guard hatches
of a Stryker vehicle operating outside Deadhorse, Alaska, during Operation
Arctic Pegasus, Nov. 4, 2015.
The Stryker platoon deployment took place in coordination with the Air Force,
the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the North Slope Borough. The
average winter temperatures in the area range from 23 degrees below zero to
The record for February low temperature is minus 57 degrees, but in January 1989
nearby Prudhoe Bay hit a wind-chill of minus 96 degrees.
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