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Cold calculations: 2nd Supply Bn. prepares for Arctic training part 2

By Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie | Marine Forces Europe and Africa | March 06, 2014

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Lance Cpl. Tyler Riggs, a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, fires an HK-416K assault rifle in an indoor firing range at Vaernes Garrison, Norway, Feb. 21, 2014. The cross training gave MPs from both nations valuable knowledge prior to working with each other during Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations.

Lance Cpl. Tyler Riggs, a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, fires an HK-416K assault rifle in an indoor firing range at Vaernes Garrison, Norway, Feb. 21, 2014. The cross training gave MPs from both nations valuable knowledge prior to working with each other during Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Sgt. James J. Cassidy (right), a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, inspects an HK-416K assault rifle used by a Norwegian MP with Home Guard District 12 in an indoor firing range at Vaernes Garrison, Norway, Feb. 21, 2014. Two MPs attached to the battalion worked alongside their Norwegian counterparts with Home Guard District 12 to build stronger binds between the two nations’ military forces. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations.

Sgt. James J. Cassidy (right), a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, inspects an HK-416K assault rifle used by a Norwegian MP with Home Guard District 12 in an indoor firing range at Vaernes Garrison, Norway, Feb. 21, 2014. Two MPs attached to the battalion worked alongside their Norwegian counterparts with Home Guard District 12 to build stronger binds between the two nations’ military forces. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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A Norwegian military police van carrying MPs with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and Home Guard District 12 drives toward Trondheim, Norway, Feb. 25, 2014. The MPs travelled to Trondheim during a patrol to ensure security and safety of troops in the city before Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations.

A Norwegian military police van carrying MPs with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and Home Guard District 12 drives toward Trondheim, Norway, Feb. 25, 2014. The MPs travelled to Trondheim during a patrol to ensure security and safety of troops in the city before Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Military policemen with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and Home Guard District 12 practice firing a Glock P-80s at a firing range at Frigaard, Norway, Feb. 25, 2014. The Glocks, commonly used by the Norwegian army, gave Marine MPs a chance to hone their marksmanship skills and gain a greater understanding of Norwegian equipment before Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations.

Military policemen with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and Home Guard District 12 practice firing a Glock P-80s at a firing range at Frigaard, Norway, Feb. 25, 2014. The Glocks, commonly used by the Norwegian army, gave Marine MPs a chance to hone their marksmanship skills and gain a greater understanding of Norwegian equipment before Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Lance Cpl. Tyler Riggs (center), a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Group 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and Norwegian MPs with Home Guard District 12 review their shots in an indoor firing range at Vaernes Garrison, Norway, Feb. 21, 2014. The MPs trained together to build camaraderie and operational unity prior to Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations.

Lance Cpl. Tyler Riggs (center), a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Group 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and Norwegian MPs with Home Guard District 12 review their shots in an indoor firing range at Vaernes Garrison, Norway, Feb. 21, 2014. The MPs trained together to build camaraderie and operational unity prior to Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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Cpl. Robert T. Kolberg, a Roros, Norway, native and military policeman with Home Guard District 12 prepares to fire an M-4 belonging to a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group at a firing range at Frigaard, Norway, Feb. 25, 2014. The MPs from both nations used their time together as an opportunity to learn about each other’s operations, equipment and weapons before Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations.

Cpl. Robert T. Kolberg, a Roros, Norway, native and military policeman with Home Guard District 12 prepares to fire an M-4 belonging to a military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group at a firing range at Frigaard, Norway, Feb. 25, 2014. The MPs from both nations used their time together as an opportunity to learn about each other’s operations, equipment and weapons before Cold Response 2014. Cold Response 2014 is a Norwegian-led multinational exercise above the Arctic Circle designed prepare for crisis response operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie)


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VAERNES GARRISON, Norway -- Military policemen wearing the uniforms of two nations came together to train, learn and ensure the safety of service members before and during Cold Response 2014.

“We’ve been going out on patrols, going out on ranges and talking about different tactics,” said Sgt. James J. Cassidy, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and military policeman with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. “It’s to transfer knowledge, training and experience. Anyone will tell you in any sort of police job that nobody knows everything.”

The MPs from both nations used their time together as an opportunity to learn as much about their counterpart’s operations as possible. They discussed differing law enforcement tactics during traffic stops, approaching stopped vehicles, and suspect searches and apprehension.

“We have exchanged experiences and talked about differences and similarities between the two organizations,” said Sgt. Paal S. Nilsen, a native of Tanem, Norway, and military policeman with Home Guard District 12. “We’ve been on patrols in Stjordal and Trondheim to show our presence and prevent unwanted activities.”

Several of the Norwegian MPs had more than 10 years of law enforcement and security skills from both the military and civilian service, which gave them knowledge and training useful for a variety of situations.

“When you gather people and experience in one room with everyone talking about their experiences, it’s invaluable training, especially for the younger MPs who have only done field work or have only done [operational military police work],” said Cassidy. “These gentlemen have been in law enforcement for [a long time]. When you get all that experience together – 26 years, 14 years, 15 years and my six years – you have a really good training evolution.”

The MPs with 2nd Supply Bn. are scheduled to travel above the Arctic Circle during Cold Response, where they may conduct field MP exercises with convoys, setting up and holding defensive positions and patrolling while continuing to work with the Norwegians, as well as military police from other participating nations.

“I think it will be just fine, [the Marines and sailors] represent America in a good way,” said Nilsen. “We learned about your standards when interacting with personnel from 2nd Supply Bn., and not only standards, but behavior in every way. The American personnel have been excellent.”


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