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U.S. Marines, Spanish soldiers train in mountain warfare

By 1st Lt. Gerard Farao, Marine Corps Forces Europe

U.S. Marine Capt. Nathan D. Bedle, with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa, and a Spanish soldier with 1st Mountain Troops Command conduct a trail recon  a during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain.  SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property, and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
US Marines, Spanish soldiers train in mountain warfare
U.S. Marine Capt. Nathan D. Bedle, with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa, and a Spanish soldier with 1st Mountain Troops Command conduct a trail recon a during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property, and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph T. Rose and Cpl. David S. Caudill, rifleman with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa, set up a defensive position with an M-240B medium machine-gun in snow during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain.  SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marines, Spanish soldiers train in mountain warfare
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph T. Rose and Cpl. David S. Caudill, rifleman with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa, set up a defensive position with an M-240B medium machine-gun in snow during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force  Crisis Response – Africa use ski poles as bipods during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marines, Spanish soldiers train in mountain warfare
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa use ski poles as bipods during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force  Crisis Response – Africa, are guided by a Spanish Army mountaineer with 1st Mountain Troops Command, on a hike during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property, and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marines, Spanish soldiers train in mountain warfare
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa, are guided by a Spanish Army mountaineer with 1st Mountain Troops Command, on a hike during mountain warfare training in Candanchu, Spain, Dec. 16, 2014. The exercise, which was conducted with the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-mobile crisis response force that conducts missions to protect U.S. personnel, property, and interests in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa conducted mountain warfare training with 1st Mountain Troops Command in Candancu, Spain.

From Dec. 15 - 19, 2014, the Marines and Spanish soldiers trained in cold weather survival techniques, snowshoeing, offensive operations in mountainous environments, shooting while using snowshoes and poles, and a company sized offensive operation.

“The Spanish Army Mountaineers we worked with are true mountain warfare experts,” said Capt. Nathan Bedle, a company commander with SPMAGTF-CR-AF. “They helped us gain knowledge in operating in a mountainous environment and we look forward to working with them as NATO Allies in the future.”

The event culminated with a final training exercise in which the Marines and Spanish soldiers conducted movement at night over mountainous terrain and a combined assault attacking a fortified position in an urban environment at sunrise.

The exercise, which was conducted with and led by the Spanish, allowed the Marines to gain greater knowledge of mountain warfare tactics, techniques and procedures while enhancing interoperability with the Spanish and strengthening the U.S. partnership with Spain.