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Oregon National Guard Soldiers learn arctic survival from Canadian Army Reserves (Photo) - 02/07/19

MANNING PARK, B.C., Canada – Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, traveled to British Columbia, Canada, January 24-28, 2019, to participate in the Westie Avalanche Exercise alongside the Royal Westminster Regiment (RWR), 39th Canadian Brigade Group (CBG). 

Westie Avalanche is an introduction to arctic warfare focusing on winter survivability, cold weather tent operations, and light infantry winter mobility. The purpose of the exercise is to build winter survival skills while cultivating relationships between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.

The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Springfield and has companies based in Corvallis, Hillsboro and Gresham, Oregon.

The full story is available here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/309789/oregon-army-national-guard-soldiers-learn-arctic-survival-northern-neighbors

More photos are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/albums/72157689485433763

CAPTIONS:
190126-Z-OT568-049: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Eric Givens (right), with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Canadian Army Reserve Cpl. Avery Whitty-Kirker, with Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, use knives to feather kindling sticks as part of a fire making class taught by the 4th Canadian Rangers Patrol Group during Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 26, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia and worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Royal Westminster Regiment to learn basic winter survival skills. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

190126-Z-OT568-011: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Eric Givens (center), with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, learns to cross-country ski alongside Canadian Army Reserve Cpl. Lawrence Viola (right), with Alpha Company, and other Soldiers of the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, during Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 26, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia to participate in basic winter survival skills training and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve allies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

190127-Z-OT568-010: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Paul Mannelly (center), with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Canadian Army Reserve Soldiers with the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, pull a toboggan along their snowshoe march during the Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 27, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia to participate in basic winter survival skills training and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve allies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

190127-Z-OT568-025: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Dakota Cunningham, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, takes a break from snowshoeing during Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 27, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia and worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve Soldiers of the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, to learn basic winter survival skills. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

190127-Z-OT568-036: Canadian Army Reserve Soldiers with the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, march with snowshoes alongside Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during the Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 27, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia to participate in basic winter survival skills training and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve allies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

190127-Z-OT568-062: Canadian Army Reserve Soldiers with the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, march with snowshoes alongside Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during the Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 27, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia to participate in basic winter survival skills training and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve allies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

190127-Z-OT568-076: Canadian Army Reserve Soldiers with the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, march with snowshoes alongside Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during the Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 27, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia to participate in basic winter survival skills training and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve allies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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