Alaska to host multinational cold weather training
Military professionals from around the globe will train together in extremely cold and mountainous environments in Alaska.
The event, hosted by U.S. Army Alaska, will take place March 21-24 at Black Rapids Training Site, part of the Northern Warfare Training Center near Fort Greely, an Army statement said.
Participants will ski, snowshoe, pull ahkio sleds, set up Arctic tents and operate snow machines, among other activities, the statement said. Each nation will give a presentation on its relevant training, standards and methods for operating in cold weather and mountainous terrain.
Stateside participants include representatives from the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, the 10th Mountain Division, the 1st Special Forces Group Advanced Skills Company; the 10th Special Forces Group and the Alaska National Guard.
Joining the U.S. forces will be the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Center; the Chilean Army Mountain School; the Finnish Jaeger Battalion; the German Gebirgsjager Mountain and Winter Warfare School; Great Britain’s 24 Commando; the NATO Mountain Warfare Center of Excellence in Italy; the Slovenian Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare; and the Swedish Winter Warfare School.
U.S. Army Alaska is the Army’s only conventional force trained and equipped for extremely cold weather.