Welcome to the 11th Airborne Division,
the 'Arctic Angels'.
The 11th Airborne Division was historically activated on 25 February, 1943, during World War II. Following major roles in the Pacific Theater, the Division also pioneered Air Assault tactics, techniques and procedures as the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), and was eventually inactivated on July 3rd, 1965.
On June 6th, 2022, the 11th Airborne Division, 1st Brigade, 11th Airborne Division, and 2nd Brigade, 11th Airborne Division, were activated at subsequent ceremonies on Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. McConnville said "I expect every soldier of this Division to be masters of their craft, of Arctic Warfare," further defining the mission set of the Arctic Angels. To not only operate in extreme cold weather and mountainous terrain, but to build and demonstrate mastery of it.
11th Airborne Division executes expeditionary operations within the Indo-Pacific theater, conducts Multi-Domain Operations in the Arctic, defends critical infrastructure in homeland defense and on order is capable of decisively defeating any adversary in extreme cold weather, mountainous, high latitude, and high altitude environments through large scale combat operations.
Leveraging the strength of our people, America’s Arctic Angels are ready to deploy, fight and win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere in a joint, multi-domain environment across the spectrum of conflict and operations. Our units are led by agile and adaptive leaders of character who master the fundamentals, seek continuous growth and execute the commander’s intent through disciplined initiative as part of a cohesive team of committed professionals.
Key Priorities of Care, Readiness, Leader Development, and Teamwork, will serve as a framework and operational approach for 11th Airborne Division leadership, subordinate units, and staff.
- Care: 11th Airborne Division will prioritize authentic care for Soldiers, Civilians, Families and veterans. We will enable the team to thrive through engaged leaders, proactive programs, and purposeful facilities to develop and sustain our collective readiness and resilience.
- Readiness: 11th Airborne Division will rapidly deploy from capable power projection platforms to fight tonight and win in any environment, defend the homeland or execute defense support of civil authorities. This requires fit and disciplined Soldiers who maintain the highest levels of training and equipment readiness, continually modernizing to retain our lethal edge over adversaries and competitors.
- Leader Development: 11th Airborne Division will generously invest in its competitive advantage - our people. We will develop leaders of character who are resilient and will thrive in complexity and uncertainty. We will embrace our role as the Army's leaders and experts in cold weather operations.
- Teamwork: 11th Airborne Division will build and sustain mutual trust and cohesive teams that share purpose and understanding both within our organization and externally. Mutual trust is what enables teamwork and mission command. Key teammates include our installations, our civilian neighbors, Alaska Native communities, I Corps, U.S. Army Pacific, Alaska Nation Guard and our joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) partners.
America’s Arctic Angels– Arctic Tough!