first published on February 19, 2019 by Josh
For the past three decades, the Armed Forces of the United States have been centered and focused on operating in desert environments like Iraq and Southern Afghanistan almost exclusively. While training areas in cold environments certainly do exist throughout all branches of the United States, extreme cold weather training has been one of the American’s weaker points. In order to maintain a certain degree of lethality in extreme cold weather environments, the United States has started looking to her allies for assistance in continued training operations.
Groups like the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines, and Norway’s Army have most recently been assisting the United States Marine Corps with arctic weather warfare training during Operation White Claymore in Bardufoss, Norway, and Exercise White Ulfberht in Setermoen, Norway.
The main training objective of these two operations is to prepare Marine Rotational Force-Europe 19.1 to conduct combat operations in the extreme cold weather locations of some of our Nation’s allies should they ever come under attack.
The video below was recorded throughout the duration of Exercise White Ulfberht in Setermoen, Norway by the United States Marine Corps. It shows the Marines of Marine Rotational Force-Europe 19.1 training side by side with Norwegian Soldiers as they conduct a series of training events designed to test the Marine’s combat effectiveness in an Arctic environment. Throughout the training, Marines are taught how snow and cold weather alone are not the real enemy in cold weather combat operations. In fact, they learn that snow can be one of their greatest allies.