[1 of 11]

All year we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the XVIII Airborne Corps reactivation on Fort Bragg, NC (May 21, 1951) under Gen John Leonard (this man).

The Corps, deactivated at the end of WWII, was reestablished during the early Cold War to focus on the Soviets
[2 of 11]

To commemorate the past 70 years since our rebirth, we posed current Sky Dragon Soldiers in authentic uniforms and kit worn by their predecessors from the seven major periods of service since reactivation.
[3 of 11]

When the 🆕 XVIII Airborne started in 1951, the Sky Dragon Soldier wore this plain uniform. This Soldier [kept out of the Korean War to focus on Europe] was prepared to jump behind the Soviet front lines and fight his way forward to meet with friendly mechanized forces
[4 of 11]

By 1965, the Sky Dragon Soldier was focused on Vietnam. The Corps' @101stAASLTDIV sent all forces to the South, fighting in some of that war's most critical moments, including the Battle for Hamburger Hill in 1969.
[5 of 11]

The Corps HQ itself on Fort Bragg remained a stateside force [in reserve in for Europe] for most of the Vietnam War. But, with the surprise, January, 1968 Tet Offensive, the Corps was forced to send a brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division to Vietnam.
[6 of 11]

In the 1980s, the XVIII Airborne Corps truly grew into its role as America's Contingency Corps. Prepared to respond to a threat on America's interests in Europe or South American, the Sky Dragon Soldier was a hedge against increasing Soviet expansion in failing states.
[7 of 11]

During this period, the Corps gained the Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division.

Also during this period, the Corps was called to invade Grenada (October, 1983) and Panama (December, 1989).
[8 of 11]

In 1991, the Sky Dragon Soldier served as a spearhead element during the Persian Gulf War. That war saw the largest deployment of the XVIII Airborne Corps since its rebirth.
[9 of 11]

9/11 saw the Corps alert all units, sending elements from all divisions (now including the @3rd_Infantry) into new wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
[10 of 11]

As the Global War on Terror progressed, the Sky Dragon Soldier stood up tot he moment, deploying again and again and again to beat back insurgencies and support fledgling governments.

Today, the Sky Dragon Soldier is prepared to fight in any domain, any time, anywhere.

Embracing new ideas and employing today's technology in today's fight, the Sky Dragon Soldier offers the Nation an advantage in global competition.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with XVIII Airborne Corps

XVIII Airborne Corps Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @18airbornecorps

16 Jul
[1 of 9]

The 10th Mountain Division opened the Afghanistan theater in 2001, deploying to Uzbekistan and then Bagram in the months after 9/11 as the first conventional HQ there.

It is fitting then that 10th Mountain is the final conventional HQ out of Afghanistan.
[2 of 9]

In between, the 10th Mountain has gone in and out of Afghanistan repeatedly.

The Climb To Glory division’s commitment throughout our war in Afghanistan is exemplified by one Soldier in particular.

That Soldier is this man, Jeff Becker.
[3 of 9]

Jeff Becker, a combat engineer, deployed with 10th Mountain to Afghanistan right after 9/11.

First In.

He fought in Operation Anaconda as a young buck sergeant.
Read 9 tweets
13 Jul
Today saw a milestone moment in the lifespan of one of our Army’s reliable, rock-steady organizations: the blue-and-white colors of the @10MTNDIV changed hands for the 30th time.

[1 of 19]
[2 of 19]

Over its lifespan, some of our Nation's most important leaders and most memorable characters commanded the 10th Mountain Division.

Let's consider some of the Soldiers who have led the Climb To Glory Division.
[3 of 19]

LLoyd Jones, the first commander, assumed the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in July, 1943.

Lloyd Jones, set in motion this grand institution, developing a division of tough Soldiers.
Read 19 tweets
5 Jul
[1 of 13]

#TDIDCH: July 5, 1950 - Over the previous 4 days, #TDIDCH has been following the movement of Task Force Smith from Japan into Korea. 71 years ago today, saw the Battle for Osan, the first engagement between the US and North Korea during the Korean War.
[2 of 13]

TF Smith was the lead US force during this battle.

To recap the preceding days: Dawn on Sunday, 25 June 1950, North Korean People’s Arm) crashed through the 38th Parallel into democratic South Korea; 8th Army sends a delaying force of 400 (TF Smith) into Korea by sea
[3 of 13]

July 5, 1950 - Early, early morning: Task Force Smith moves out of Pyeongtaek in dozens of trucks in blackout condition in a pouring rain. The men reach their position at 3 a.m and are dug in by daylight.
Read 13 tweets
24 Jun
[1 of 18]

We'll start Day 4 of 18th Airborne Corps Patch Week™️ with the most anticipated patch of the series.

You see, the patch of the 101st Airborne Division is perhaps the most recognized in the entire US military. Image
[2 of 18]

The Screaming Eagle is visible in some of the most iconic American films, TV shows, and documentaries about WWII and Vietnam. Image
[3 of 18]

Many of those who wear it, however, do not know the full breadth of its history.

So, let's tell that history now. Image
Read 18 tweets
22 Jun
[1 of 10]

18th Airborne Corps Patch Week™️ continues. The first patch we're going to cover is this one.

The story of the 82nd Airborne Division patch is wrapped up in myth and misunderstood history. So, let's explain it.
[2 of 10]

The story of this patch goes back to the summer of 1917. The 82nd Division (25 years before it was Airborne) formed on Camp Gordon, Georgia for WWI. The new division needed an insignia.
[3 of 10]

This was the unit patch. What did this design mean? Nothing at all. This was simply the shipping label used to mark the 82nd Division's equipment on boats headed to France. Eben Swift, 1st Division commander, lazily appropriated this shipping label for the unit patch!
Read 10 tweets
14 Jun
Here is the real, full story of the Army birthday.

On this day in Dragon Corps History (June 14, 1775), the Continental Congress raised 10 rifle companies to fight for the Continental Army [the Continental Army is the lineal ancestor of the U.S. Regular Army].

[1 of 40]
[2 of 40]

John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, directed that these companies be filled by “expert riflemen” from three specific states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Thus far, these states had not provided troops to fight against British oppression
[3 of 40]

By June, 1775, only Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York were doing all the fighting.

Some of the fighters were just random volunteers looking to fight the Brits on their own. Some were just rowdy fellas looking for something to do.
Read 41 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!