National Guard unwittingly prepares for weekend weather
Members of the Oregon National Guard coincidentally received training in arctic warfare in Canada during the record-breaking lows that hit a large swath of the nation the last week of January.
Ironically, a National Guard sergeant, April Davis, who wrote about the training, noted that Oregon soldiers "don't often get a chance to train in adverse winter conditions."
But Oregon soldiers may soon have plenty of winter weather in which to practice their new skills.
Snow is forecast to blanket the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Portland could receive four to 14 inches of snow between Saturday and Tuesday, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.
Nearly 40 soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat team, traveled to Manning Park, British Columbia, Jan. 24-28 to participate in the training alongside the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group.
The training focused on winter survival, cold weather tent living and transporting light infantry in wintery weather.
The unit is headquartered in Springfield and has companies based in Corvallis, Hillsboro and Gresham.
To see a photo gallery of their training, visit the Oregon National Guard's Flickr page.