The U.S. Marines in Norway started a new rotational force and the purpose of the action is to enhance alliance with European partners and develop the service’s capacity to fight in cold weather.
The commandant and the sergeant major of the Marine Corps during visiting the 300-member unit before Christmas, illustrate the vital role the small unit fills and the fact that a peacetime assignment can be preface to combat if circumstances change.
Gen. Robert Neller’s annual Christmas tour first stop was the Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim that houses the Marine rotational force and on this tour this was a new stop.
Gen.Neller give priority to the Marines who should remain ready to fight at all times, concluding a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming. You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.” said Neller.
He believe strongly that Pacific and Russia will be service’s operational points of target as the nation looks further the battles in the Middle East that have extended into the better part of two decades.
Donald Trump on Monday released new national security strategy, discusses Russia’s routine of “using information tools” to intrude with other nations’ democracies and militant invasion that crosses borders.
“With its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Russia demonstrates its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region,” the strategy states.
“Just remember why you’re here. They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.” said Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green.
Green did not mention Russia by name, but nevertheless he indicate to its disapproval at the Marines’ presence nearby.
“They don’t like the fact that we oppose them, and we like the fact that they don’t like the fact that we oppose them. Three hundred of us, surrounded by them, we’ve got them right where we wanted, right? We’ve done this before.” said Green.
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