Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. – --
Warlords of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division recently
began training to fight in cold and austere locations at the Marine Corps
Mountain Warfare Training Center.
the Mountain Exercise winter training package the Marines are participating in,
will provide them the tools to survive and fight in a mountainous and cold
Marines began their pre-environmental training and basic mobility training
during a 10-day field exercise on January 18, 2014. During the training
evolution the Marines will learn skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, limited cliff
assault, endurance at elevation and long-range day and night movements.
far we’ve learned basic survival skills and employing the different tools –
skis, tents, and cold weather gear – it takes to live in a cold environment,”
said Sgt. Michael Martin, a platoon sergeant with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 2nd
Marines and Charlottesville, Va., native.
training at MCMWTC helps the Marines get into an expeditionary frame of mind. The
Marines learn this by moving to the training areas utilizing long range day and
night hikes, carrying everything they needed to survive, their packs weighed
approximately 90 pounds, up rugged mountain terrain.
is really a proving ground for our Marines,” Martin said. “So far from Camp
Lejeune, this gives our Marines and sailors a chance to prove themselves during
the movements then again learning to ski and snowshoe.”
addition to the mountaineering training the Marines received, they also were
taught how to integrate their infantry skills and learn what havoc the cold and
mountainous environment can play on weapons and other equipment.
gotten to employ some of our basic infantry skills effectively in a cold
weather environment,” Martin said. “During (casualty evacuation) drills, we
learned some of the limitations we could face in this environment while working
basic mobility training the Marines are learning during Mountain Exercise will
culminate during a six-day field exercise where they will have the opportunity
to put everything they learned to the test.
we get to the FEX we’ll be employing all of our infantry skills effectively in
a cold weather environment,” Martin said.
The Warlords and its attached units underwent the
winter training package at MCMWTC to prepare for the upcoming a multi-lateral
joint and combined exercise Cold Response, which will take place in March of
2014 in Norway.