U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – U.S. Army Alaska will host the U.S. Army Pacific Arctic Equipment Symposium here Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 3 through 6.
The Army’s focus on outfitting for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has left an arctic equipment shortfall for units that operate in extreme cold weather and mountainous terrain.
This symposium will bring together appropriate agencies to assess progress during the past 12 months, re-synch attendees on shortfalls and capability gaps in extreme cold weather operations and confirm a viable way ahead.
Attendees will include service members from the Northern Warfare Training Center; the10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; the United States Army Mountain Warfare School, Jericho, Vermont; and the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California. Development and acquisition experts from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier and various other high-level agencies will be on-hand throughout the process.
The highlight of the symposium will be a demonstration of old vs. new equipment at Birch Hill from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6.
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