A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, yells commands during a defensive squad range in Setermoen, Norway, July 22, 2020. MRF-E conducts various exercises, including arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare training, as well as military-to-military engagements throughout Europe that enhance cooperation among partners and allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chase W. Drayer)
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Our Gift for Christmas in July is our Firepower

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, yells commands during a defensive squad range in Setermoen, Norway, July 22, 2020. MRF-E conducts various exercises, including arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare training, as well as military-to-military engagements throughout Europe that enhance cooperation among partners and allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chase W. Drayer)

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, climbs down into a Hagglunds Bv206 Setermoen, Norway, June 20, 2020. It is important for Marines to learn the limits of their Norwegian counterpart’s vehicles to better prepare for real world operations. MRF-E focuses on regional engagements throughout Europe by conducting various exercises, arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare training, and military-to-military engagements, which enhance overall interoperability of the U.S. Marine Corps with allies and partners. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Skylar M. Harris)
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Splash Mountain

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, climbs down into a Hagglunds Bv206 Setermoen, Norway, June 20, 2020. It is important for Marines to learn the limits of their Norwegian counterpart’s vehicles to better prepare for real world operations. MRF-E focuses on regional engagements throughout Europe by conducting various exercises, arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, looks downrange in Setermoen, Norway, June 24, 2020. MRF-E conducts various exercises, including arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare training, as well as military-to-military engagements throughout Europe that enhance cooperation among partners and allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chase W. Drayer)
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U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2 train in Setermoen, Norway

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, looks downrange in Setermoen, Norway, June 24, 2020. MRF-E conducts various exercises, including arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare training, as well as military-to-military engagements throughout Europe that enhance cooperation among partners and allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chase W. Drayer)

U.S. Marine scout snipers with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, rendezvous with Norwegian soldiers to exchange information during Exercise Thunder Reindeer in Setermoen, Norway, June 4, 2020. Thunder Reindeer is an annual two-week exercise that includes live-fire ranges, combined arms and improves interoperability between the U.S. Marine Corps and Norwegian Armed Forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chase W. Drayer)
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Eyes Only for You – Thunder Reindeer

U.S. Marine scout snipers with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, rendezvous with Norwegian soldiers to exchange information during Exercise Thunder Reindeer in Setermoen, Norway, June 4, 2020. Thunder Reindeer is an annual two-week exercise that includes live-fire ranges, combined arms and improves interoperability between the U.S. Marine Corps and Norwegian Armed Forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alexander Shepherd and Staff Sgt. Byron Chargois, with 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, assemble an RF-291 to enable air and land communications in Setermoen, Norway, March 10, 2020. Marines are in Norway working alongside their Norwegian counterparts and learn how to operate in the Arctic climate. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zane Ortega)
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U.S. Marines assemble an RF-291 antenna to enable air and land communications in Setermoen, Norway,

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alexander Shepherd and Staff Sgt. Byron Chargois, with 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, assemble an RF-291 to enable air and land communications in Setermoen, Norway, March 10, 2020. Marines are in Norway working alongside their Norwegian counterparts and learn how to operate in the Arctic climate. (U.S. Marine [Read More …]

U.S. Marines formed as an Electronic Warfare Support Team (EWST) with 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, emplace specially modified bandvagns outfitted with EW equipment alongside Norwegian Army soldiers with Electronic Warfare Company, Military Intelligence Battalion, near Setermoen, Norway, March 14, 2020. EWSTs are working with Electronic Warfare Company soldiers to enhance interoperable electronic warfare capabilities and create an allied team capable of operating in austere conditions and environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 2nd Lt. Ben Colyer)
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Electronic Warfare Support Team (EWST) Training in Norway

U.S. Marines formed as an Electronic Warfare Support Team (EWST) with 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, emplace their bandvagns alongside Norwegian Army soldiers with Electronic Warfare Company, Military Intelligence Battalion, near Setermoen, Norway, March 14, 2020. EWSTs are working with Electronic Warfare Company soldiers to enhance interoperable electronic warfare capabilities and create an allied team capable [Read More …]

A Bandvagn 206 sits staged before a convoy in Setermoen, Norway, March 10, 2020. Marines are in Norway in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 20, a Norwegian-led exercise designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging arctic environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Menelik Collins)
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Follow The Leader at Exercise Cold Response 20

A Bandvagn 206 sits staged before a convoy in Setermoen, Norway, March 10, 2020. Marines are in Norway in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 20, a Norwegian-led exercise designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging arctic environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Menelik Collins)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bret Perkins with Charlie Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, fires an M249 squad automatic weapon at a live-fire machine gun range during cold-weather training at Setermoen, Norway, March, 3, 2020. Marines are in Norway preparing for Exercise Cold Response, a Norwegian-led exercise designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging arctic environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaiah Campbell)
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Exercise Cold Response 2020 – Fire Away

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bret Perkins with Charlie Company, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, fires an M249 squad automatic weapon at a live-fire machine gun range during cold-weather training at Setermoen, Norway, March, 3, 2020. Marines are in Norway preparing for Exercise Cold Response, a Norwegian-led exercise designed to enhance military capabilities and allied [Read More …]

U.S. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, fire an M777 Howitzer during a live-fire range near Setermoen, Norway, March 4, 2020. Artillery Marines conducted the live-fire range in preparation for Exercise Cold Response, a Norwegian-led exercise designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging arctic environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Menelik Collins)
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Exercise Cold Response 20 – Pull the lever

U.S. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, fire an M777 Howitzer during a live-fire range near Setermoen, Norway, March 4, 2020. Artillery Marines conducted the live-fire range in preparation for Exercise Cold Response, a Norwegian-led exercise designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging arctic environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Menelik [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with Combined Anti-Armor Team 1, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, fires an M98A2 Javelin missile system during a live-fire exercise in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 20 near Setermoen, Norway, March 3, 2020. Exercise Cold Response 20 takes place across northern Norway involving 15,000 participants from ten allied and partner nation’s military services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Devin J. Andrews)
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Anti-Armor in the Arctic

A U.S. Marine with Combined Anti-Armor Team 1, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, fires an M98A2 Javelin missile system during a live-fire exercise in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 20 near Setermoen, Norway, March 3, 2020. Exercise Cold Response 20 takes place across northern Norway involving 15,000 participants from ten allied [Read More …]