"North Wind" in Japan
1/14th in Training,
Our Thanks to SPC Ian
MacEachen, 1st Bn, 14th Infantry for forwarding these photos.
Unknown, (front, kneeling) Shilo Whorton, (behind him) Thomas Bradley,
 Bravo Company, (back left) Ian MacEachen, (3rd from
left) Tyjuan Atkinson, (front left, 1st seated) Aaron Hinds
 Home Sweet Home,  Unknown
 Unknown,  Unknown, Unknown, 
 1st Squad members
 (left) Thomas Bradley, Unknown,  SPC Ian
MacEachen, SPC Burke,  Temple
 Aomori, Japan -
2nd Platoon, Bravo Company
 SPC Ian MacEachen with M249
 Field Day - Pulling sleds, Unknown, Unknown
 Field Day - Pulling sleds, Unknowns
 Ski practice, Unknowns
 SPC Ian MacEachenwith M249 SAW ("Moira")
 SPC Burke, SGT
Meadows, SPC Ian MacEachen
 SGT Miller, SPC Thomas Bradley, SPC Shilo Whorton, SPC Ian
MacEachen in front of squad tent
 Bravo Company in snow camouflage uniforms
Army Weekly page A-6
bound for snow
By Spc. Lori Davis
17th Public Affairs Dpt.
Possible sub zero temperatures and approximately 60
inches of fluffy, white snow will greet nearly 200, Company B,
1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment soldiers and their
attachments when they reach Aomori, Japan for Northwind 98.
Advance party soldiers from Task Force 1-14 began
arriving today and the remaining soldiers will be in place by
Saturday to begin bilateral cold-weather training with the Japan
Ground Self-Defense Force.
Soldiers in TF 1-14 appeared out of place as they ran
in snow shoes through the warm, green grass of C-Quad, Schofield
Barracks, Feb. 5, during an intense cold-weather train-up.
Three instructors from the Northern Warfare Training
Center at Fort Greely, Alaska, provided soldiers with extra
training needed to sustain themselves in a cold climate.
Soldiers were instructed on basics of snowshoeing and skiing,
putting up an arctic 10-man tent, operation of stoves, packing
the Ahkio, which is a sled that carries equipment, cold weather
medical and tactical considerations and movement techniques.
Staff Sgt. Mark Ehresman, instructor, said the cold
temperatures and deep snow will slow soldiers and they will need
to adjust their techniques. "These soldiers don't understand
how to move on snow covered grounds - it could hinder their
mission," he added. "Once you have the training and experience,
it's simple to do."
One soldier, Spc. Bhristo-Hber Adair, scout,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt.,
who is [page scan ends here....
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We never built snowmen." He said if training will allow, he is
going to take a little time to play in the snow.
Adair said the training will be challenging, but he is
looking forward to learning how to move and survive in the cold
environment. He said the training will be beneficial for
soldiers, who in the future, will be stationed in other cold
Spc. Ian Maceachen, infantryman, Co. B, 1st Bn., 14th
Inf Regt, said he is looking forward to the cold weather and
snow. Maceachen, who is from Maine, said, "The tropical weather
is nice, but I miss the cold."
Maceachen is going back to what he knows and said it
won't be that bad. At home he snow shoed all the time and has
experience with cross-country skiing. "I think learning how to
operate in cold weather will be cool. I've been really
interested in the classes."
Maceachen said he knows it will take time to adjust to
Japan's climate because the coldest climate their company trains
in is at Pohakuloa Training Area, Big Island, Hawaii.
Soldiers depoloyed with TF-1-14 will return from Japan