Early next week, hundreds of parachutes from the US Alaskan Army will arrive in Northern Norway.
The American troops are from the Alaskan American Army 4th Brigade Combat Brigade (Born of the Aircraft) 25th The Infant Department on Tuesday will fly from a C-17 Globemaster plane over Altevann in Troms inland, en route from Alaska.
“Even though we do not have an anti-parachute squad like ourselves, this is an important exercise for Norway. When hundreds arrive by parachute, it is important for a series of orders in Norway to learn how to manage and control the reception of such forces,” says Major and Spokesman. Eirik Skomedal of the Norwegian Army to the High North News.
The training in Norway is being conducted in connection with a larger exercise called Swift Response 22, which will be conducted simultaneously in a series of other European countries.
“In May, troops will be deployed in a number of countries, the purpose of which will be to deploy large forces over long distances,” Skomedal explains.
The first joint exercise in Norway
This is the first time for the Alaska US Army (USARAK) unit to train in Norway with the Norwegian army.
The aim of the exercise in Norway is to provide training in the Arctic environment, Skomedal says. The exercise begins with the placement of parachutes over Northern Norway, and in the coming days the Americans will continue to practice on-field with Norwegian units, as well as firing rifles at rifles in Troms inside.
“Our forces are clearly sharing a common interest, given that Alaskan forces are also operating in the far north. We have a lot to learn from our colleagues,” Skomedal insists.
In an earlier interview with High North News, Army Chief Lars Lervik said that cooperation with the US Army as a whole has been enhanced in recent years. Lervik explained that they have identified a few strong areas in which the Norwegian and US forces want to cooperate. In addition, there is a general goal of improving working capacity under Arctic and Norwegian conditions, which is highly demanding.
Fascinated by the Arctic
As previously reported by the High North News, the United States has increased enthusiasm in the Northern Highlands and operated under Arctic conditions. In 2021, the US Army also presented its very first Arctic strategy. Emphasizes the need for the Army to rebuild its sophisticated capacity to operate in the Arctic environment.
Asked by High North News about what the Alaskan US Army can do with allies such as Norway when it comes to cooperation, former USARAK Chief Major General Peter Andrysiak said the unit had not worked very well with allies and allies in. In the European archeology, as the unit previously focused on entering and leaving the CENTCOM operating area, a general command with a geographical area of responsibility including the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia.
As part of the work of the Arctic strategy, as well as the fact that USARAK is the main representative of the army for cold weather operations, the unit has been highlighted to start working with other allies and allies, such as Norway, Andrysiak added.