Tactical Air Command units from throughout the United States travel to the nation's 49th state for the combined U.
C-130 aircraft in the wilds of Alaska on the frozen Icely Lake during exercise Polar Strike.
Landings, taxi-in, off-loading of two track vehicles and food stuffs from the aircraft.
Air controller vehicle and Army vehicles near the flight line.
Major General James C. Jensen, Commander Alaskan Air Command, standing near the flight line.
Paratroopers jumping from C-130 aircraft near Lost Lake, Alaska. Twelve aircraft are used to drop approximately 250 men.
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Background: Tactical Air Command units from throughout the United States travel to the nation's 49th state for the combined U. S. Air Force-Army exercise, Polar Strike.
TAC units supply about 45 tactical fighter, reconnaissance and assault airlift aircraft and more than 1,000 men for the Alaskan Command-controlled exercise. TAC units join with U. S. Army forces from the U. S. Strike Command air and ground components for the exercise.
Polar Strike, held in the mideastern interior portion of Alaska began January 25 and continues through February 18, 1965.
Alaskan Command officials describe the Polar Strike exercise as a way of evaluating plans for the reinforcement of Alaskan forces by Strike Command components. The exercise also tests and evaluates cold weather field equipment as well as logistics and training procedures designed especially for far northern rigors.
In addition to the Tac forces, more than 3,000 U. S. Army personnel from the Fort Lewis, Washington area as well as personnel and equipment from Army units as far away as Fort Ecstis, Virginia, are participating in the exercise.