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Minnesota National Guard
Field Training in Norway

The Minnesota National Guard contingent in Norway began their Field Training Exercise Feb 18 Soldiers left Haltdalen Training Center around 10:45 am and set off on their skies

"We had probably the worst possible conditions for skiing, unfortunately Because of that there were a few people who struggled a bit," said Maj Ola Kviteng, the Norwegian assistant officer in charge "The conditions will be getting better though, if the temperature drops like the forecast is calling for"

When the contingent set off from Haltdalen Training Center it was warm, about 34 degrees, and the snow was falling heavily Because of the temperature, the snow was sticking to the skies, which made it difficult for the conntingent to move and to balance Both of which quickly led to fatigue and made it difficult for the platoons to move at a steady pace

It was about three kilometers to ski from Haltdalen Training Center to the site where the contingent would set up their camp from the next two nights

Each platoon was responsible for setting up their tents The platoons were broken down into three squads and each squad had their own tent The tents are designed to sleep about ten people and came equipped with a heater

The platoons were also given instructions by their Norwegian trainers on how they could improve their camp sites by making the site more weather proof

After the platoons finished, the sites looked more like snow forts than tent sites

"Everyone is having a great time," said 1st Lt Niels Gott, the 3rd platoon leader

Feb 19 will be day two of the Field Training Exercise The Norwegian Instructors will be training the Soldiers and Airmen on building lean-tos, preparing food in the field over an open fire, starting fires, snaring animals and reacting to an avalanche

18 February 2007
By Staff Sgt Kenneth R Toole

The Norwegian Exchange Program

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