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"North Wind" in Japan

1/14th in Training, 1998

Our Thanks to SPC Ian MacEachen, 1st Bn, 14th Infantry for forwarding these photos.


[01]  Unknown, Unknown, (front, kneeling) Shilo Whorton, (behind him) Thomas Bradley, Unknown
[02]  Unknown
[03]  Bravo Company,  (back left) Ian MacEachen, (3rd from left) Tyjuan Atkinson, (front left, 1st seated) Aaron Hinds
[04]  Home Sweet Home,  [05]  Unknown

[06]  Unknown,  [07]  Unknown,  [08]  Unknown, Unknown,  [09]  Temple
[10]  1st Squad members
[11]  (left) Thomas Bradley, Unknown,  [12]  SPC Ian MacEachen, SPC Burke,  [13]  Temple

[14]  Aomori, Japan - 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company
[15]  SPC Ian MacEachen with M249
[16]  Field Day - Pulling sleds, Unknown, Unknown
[17]  Field Day - Pulling sleds, Unknowns
[18]  Ski practice, Unknowns
[19]  SPC Ian MacEachenwith M249 SAW ("Moira")

[20]  SPC Burke, SGT Meadows, SPC Ian MacEachen
[21]  SGT Miller, SPC Thomas Bradley, SPC Shilo Whorton, SPC Ian MacEachen in front of squad tent
[22]  Unknowns
[23]  Unknowns
[24]  Bravo Company in snow camouflage uniforms


Hawaii Army Weekly page A-6
Golden Dragons 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....
     [rest of sentence missing from first column]...stick.  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 climates.
     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 March 5.