U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft and personnel assigned to the 168th Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, arrived at Ørland Air Station, Norway, to take part in Exercise Cold Response 20 (CR20) from March 9-18.
The U.S. will be represented by service members from each of its military services who will join forces with Norway and eight other allied and partner nations. In total, some 15,000 personnel will take part in this large-scale, tactical field training exercise, which is being hosted by the Kingdom of Norway.
CR20 is designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme cold weather. This exercise will emphasize and test critical activities ranging from the reception of allied and partner reinforcements and command and control interoperability to combined joint combat operations, force sustainment, and combat logistics.
CR20 will demonstrate that in an unpredictable world, the critical relationships and commitments among partner and allied nations remain an anchor of stability with each nation poised and ready to protect our collective values, our people, and our territories.
“The U.S. stands firm in our commitment and readiness to support Norway and our other partners and allies”, according to the U.S. military.