The US dropped 40 paratroopers from the 6th Engineer Battalion in Deadhorse Alaska less than a month after the Russians dropped 350 paratroopers on Kotelny Island in the New Siberian Islands archipelago. The Russians simulated an airfield seizure. Russia also dropped 50 paratroopers into Camp Barneo, a drifting research station in trouble because of an early ice flow breakup.
The Army exercise “Spartan Pegasus” was a joint exercise with the Alaska National Guard designed to work relationships and hone arctic warfare skills. While there the US troops visited a pumping station for orientation. It was the first ever airborne operation in the Arctic Circle.
In related news the US released the National Strategy for the Arctic Region last year around this time which discussed US plans to respond to opportunities in the arctic region.