Soldiers Train To Survive In The Cold

Soldiers Train To Survive In The Cold

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Soldiers need to survive in the cold.

"We're trying to prepare ourselves for any kind of an arctic environment that we may be in," said SSG Jason Blashka, HHC 41st Engineer Battalion

10th Mountain Division soldiers are training for frigid cold. And it's all new equipment - snow shoes and cold weather uniforms -stuff designed for mobility and protection in snow and ice.

"It's definitely light and breathable, keeps me warm, too," said 1LT Brian Gorski, HHC 41st Engineer Battalion.

Part of survival is shelter.  Soldiers carry a 10-person tent in each sled, but they also train in building a shelter from scratch. 

Dig a hole, pile on branches, cover them with snow, and you've got yourself a camp.

Believe it or not, soldiers actually take off their gear to stay warm at night. That's because their sleeping bags use body heat to keep warm. They sleep with their gear inside the bags so it's not frozen in the morning.

"You're still dealing with the cold, it's just not as cold. If their was a snowstorm or something like that this is supposed to keep you out of whatever element you may be in," said Blashka.

In a place that sees extreme weather in both Winter and Summer, 10th Mountain soldiers have to do it all.

"Fight and train in sub-zero all the way up into the 80s throughout the entire year. I'd say we're ready for anything," said Gorski.

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