Alaska Soldiers Conduct Arctic Skills Training During ‘Legion Avalanche’

3 12 2013

Pfc. Paul Longale of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1-24 Infantry Battalion, a native of Tucson, Ariz., demonstrates an arctic firing position using ski poles as a bipod while on Manchu Range. (U.S. Army photo courtesy 1st Lt. Mathew Manka, 1-24th Infantry)

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division participated in Operation Legion Avalanche, a battalion training event focusing on developing survival skills and conducting battle drills in an arctic environment.

During this training soldiers focused on primitive methods for fire starting, building improvised arctic thermal shelters, winter travel methods, such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing, arctic marksmanship skills including firing positions, squad-level, fire-control distribution, and platoon-level battle drills.

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