There’s cold and then there’s above the Arctic Circle cold. So cold that frostbite on exposed skin can occur within minutes. Not cold enough to stop special operations forces from operating in the environment.
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing and U.S. Army Special Forces assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted an Arctic Winter training course from February to March 2018.
The training consisted of realistic scenarios and classroom instruction that spanned the course of six weeks.
“The course included classes and practical exercises on survival in a cold weather environment,” said a USAF SOF operator. “We also trained movement on skiis and snowshoes, advanced snow mobile movements and live-fire ranges. In Special Tactics, we need to have the ability to employ and project global access, precision strike and personnel recovery across the globe, regardless of environment.”
Combined training and the exchange of information is critical for successful joint military operations.