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Sunday, January 12, 2014

US Marines training in Finland

Marines train to fight in the cold in Finland
Marine Corps Times
Gina Harkins Staff Writer
January 11, 2014

Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force are training with Finnish soldiers for the first time, swapping skills on arctic and urban warfare in areas that average single-digit temperatures in January.

Two sergeants, a staff sergeant and a first lieutenant will spend three weeks training in Finland through late-January. It’s the first time the rotational force has participated in a bilateral exercise with soldiers from Finland’s Guard Jaeger Regiment, said 2nd Lt. Danielle Dixon, a spokeswoman for BSRF.

“The Jaeger Brigade is the premier winter training unit of the Finnish Defence Forces,” Dixon said.

“The troops specialize in various light infantry, cold weather operations in sub-arctic conditions and provide the Cold Weather Operations Basic Course to international students, such as the Marines.”
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