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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Every clime and place: Marines train for cold-weather operations

By Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie | | January 31, 2014

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Sergeant James J. Cassidy (center), a Philadelphia, Penn., native and platoon sergeant with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, discusses casualty evacuation procedures with his fireteam aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014. Knowing and understanding the steps of casualty evacuations is a vital part of operating in especially hazardous environments.

Sergeant James J. Cassidy (center), a Philadelphia, Penn., native and platoon sergeant with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, discusses casualty evacuation procedures with his fireteam aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014. Knowing and understanding the steps of casualty evacuations is a vital part of operating in especially hazardous environments. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Service members with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group set up camp in the snow aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 20, 2014. The service members encamped and received training at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level for a week while preparing for Cold Response 2014, a NATO exercise in Norway.

Service members with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group set up camp in the snow aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 20, 2014. The service members encamped and received training at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level for a week while preparing for Cold Response 2014, a NATO exercise in Norway. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group listen to a class about establishing bivouacs in cold-weather environments aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 20, 2014. Ragnarok Co. was encamped at a training area at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level for a week while training in preparation for Cold Response 2014, a NATO exercise in Norway.

Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group listen to a class about establishing bivouacs in cold-weather environments aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 20, 2014. Ragnarok Co. was encamped at a training area at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level for a week while training in preparation for Cold Response 2014, a NATO exercise in Norway. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group begin three days of hikes on a mountain trail aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. Ragnarok Co. was comprised of service members with 2nd MLG to support 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division during Cold Response 2014, an upcoming NATO exercise in Norway.

Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group begin three days of hikes on a mountain trail aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. Ragnarok Co. was comprised of service members with 2nd MLG to support 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division during Cold Response 2014, an upcoming NATO exercise in Norway. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Cpl. Corey D. Brown, an embarkation specialist with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, rests after climbing a steep section of a mountain trail aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. Brown, a Pensacola, Fla., native, was one of 228 Marines and sailors with 2nd MLG assigned to the Cold Response 2014 mission, an upcoming NATO exercise in Norway.

Cpl. Corey D. Brown, an embarkation specialist with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, rests after climbing a steep section of a mountain trail aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. Brown, a Pensacola, Fla., native, was one of 228 Marines and sailors with 2nd MLG assigned to the Cold Response 2014 mission, an upcoming NATO exercise in Norway. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Service members with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group assist 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division set up camp aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. The company’s mission is to support 2nd Bn., 2nd Marines during the upcoming NATO exercise Cold Response 2014.

Service members with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group assist 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division set up camp aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 18, 2014. The company’s mission is to support 2nd Bn., 2nd Marines during the upcoming NATO exercise Cold Response 2014. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group look at their cold-weather training area in the distance during a hike aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 19, 2014. Ragnarok Co. hiked from base camp to the training area at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level over three days of hikes in preparation for Cold Response 2014, a NATO exercise in Norway.

Marines with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group look at their cold-weather training area in the distance during a hike aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 19, 2014. Ragnarok Co. hiked from base camp to the training area at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level over three days of hikes in preparation for Cold Response 2014, a NATO exercise in Norway. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group wait to descend a hill during an evening ski tour aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Service members with the company learned skiing techniques to move over snow-covered terrain too difficult to traverse by foot.

Marines with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group wait to descend a hill during an evening ski tour aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Service members with the company learned skiing techniques to move over snow-covered terrain too difficult to traverse by foot. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. --

Marines are trained with the intent to be the best in any situation and environment, whether in the desert heat or the frozen north.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps has been focused primarily on the Middle East. The Marines are looking to expand their combat capabilities by training for arctic and mountainous areas. 
      
Two hundred twenty-eight Marines and sailors with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducted cold-weather mobility training aboard the Mountain Warfare Training Center here, Jan. 14 to 28, in preparation for the upcoming NATO exercise Cold Response in March 2014. Ragnarok Company is a composite unit composed of Marines from 2nd Supply Battalion and other units within 2nd MLG.

The service members began their training with several short hikes while carrying light day packs. They also received classes on survival techniques and mountain hazards.

“This is stuff we haven’t been doing in a while,” said Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd MLG. “We’re getting back to the support competencies in the Marine Corps that we’ve lost in the last 10 to 12 years. That’s the ability to go just about any place in the world and operate in environments like this and have the skill sets we need to be successful.”

On Jan. 18, the company began a 10-day operation, which required the Marines and sailors to travel longer distances, carrying heavier packs and rifles for three days over rough terrain, and undergo the same training as 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

Several female Marines recently completed training in the Infantry Training Battalion and the assault climber’s course. Here, they once again participated in and completed a course usually conducted by combat arms Marines.

“You don’t get [strong] doing soft stuff,” 1st Lt. Robert E. Dzvonick, a Pittsburgh, Penn., native and company executive officer, told the company after completing the hikes. “Those three days should give you confidence. We made it up here and we won, but we still have things to do.”
The service members learned how to travel across snow-covered terrain with snowshoes, military skis and knowledge of cold weather navigation techniques to move equipment and manpower faster and easier than walking through snow would allow.

These skills are not only invaluable for training during Cold Response, but any future operations in cold weather.

“This is how we start the next wave,” said Dzvonick. “If we get well at operating in this kind of environment, we can operate anywhere.”
Ragnarok Co. is scheduled to continue training for Cold Response before leaving for Norway in support of 2nd Bn., 2nd Marines and to work alongside allied nations.

The unit’s command hopes the company’s participation in the exercise will open up more opportunities for future generations of Marines.

“At this point, 2nd MLG is getting its money’s worth,” said Dzvonick to the company. “As a whole, as a Marine Corps, we’ll continue to get this training and we’ll be better. Keep your heads up and keep working hard.”



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