NAMDALSEID, Norway - The Marine Forces Reserve commanding general and sergeant major visited troops participating in exercise Battle Griffin 2005.
Lt. Gen. Dennis M. McCarthy and Sgt. Maj. Robin W. Dixon visited the Marine Air Ground Task Force 25 command post and spoke with troops on the frontlines of the exercise.
Battle Griffin 2005 is a multinational exercise that simulates social and ethnic unrest due to tensions among three generic sovereign countries. The exercise also tests the interoperability of Marine tactics and systems with potential coalition partner nations.
"Mainly what we expect (from the exercise) is to demonstrate our capabilities to our allies and to get exposure to fighting in a foreign cold weather environment," said McCarthy. "The Marine Corps has to be able to operate anywhere in the world and we're showing again that we are very capable of doing that."
The MarForRes sergeant major sees the exercise as keeping pace with the increase in joint operations.
"These days we do more combined joint operations with other countries," said Dixon. "Battle Griffin is immensely helpful at teaching these Marines how to coordinate and work with coalition forces."
Although MAGTF-25 has no clear enemies in the peacekeeping exercise, the Marines have been fighting a constant battle with the elements. Below-freezing temperatures and an average of more than a foot and a half of snow have not stopped MAGTF-25 from performing.
"Frankly, the 25th Marine Regiment has led the way when it comes to working in a cold weather environment," said McCarthy. "It doesn't surprise me one bit that these Marines are doing so well in this environment."