The U.S. military conducts mission-based training events year-round, but Arctic Edge 2018 is a unique opportunity that has brought over 1,500 U.S. military personnel from more than 20 units together to train in arctic conditions throughout the Alaska range.
For special operations forces based in Colorado, it is an ideal environment to test their ability to operate in those extreme weather conditions.
“It’s a chance for us to get up here in these extreme conditions and conduct training to make sure the equipment is working, and we are keeping those skill sets sharp,” said the Director of Operations, Joint Special Operations Task Force, Alaska.
Special operations forces are conducting long-range movements in severe weather conditions over treacherous terrain with limited visibility that is challenging for even the most experienced operator. The teams have endured through sub-zero temperatures and near white-out conditions since the first team deployed March 7th.