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A U.S. Marine builds a snow wall during cold-weather training near Bjerkvik, Norway, Feb. 23.

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U.S. Forces to Hone Arctic Warfare Skills in Norway's High North in Exercise Cold Response 20

3 Mar 2020 | Courtesy Story The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website

Nearly 1,500 U.S. service members are scheduled to take part in Exercise Cold Response 20 in Norway from March 9-18.

The U.S. will be represented by service members from the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Army, and the United States Air Force who will join forces with Norway and eight other allied and partner nations.

In total, some 15,000 personnel will take part in this large-scale, tactical field training exercise, which is being hosted by the Kingdom of Norway. Cold Response 20 is designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme cold weather.

This exercise will emphasize and test critical activities ranging from the reception of allied and partner reinforcements and command and control interoperability to combined joint combat operations, force sustainment, and combat logistics. The United States stands firm with its ally Norway and its allies and partners in Europe and looks forward to participating in this exercise in the strategically important arctic region.

For media accreditation to the exercise, please contact Norwegian Joint Headquarters Communication Unit at

Media interested in covering U.S. participation in the exercise from March 9-18, should contact U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe’s Communication Strategy and Operations’ director, U.S. Marine Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway at + or

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