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352nd SOW cultivates partnership and capability with Norway in the high-north

Aircrew members of a CV-22B Osprey look at a MC-130J Commando II, all based out of RAF Mild-enhall, U.K., while being aerially refueled during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

Aircrew members of a CV-22B Osprey look at a MC-130J Commando II, all based out of RAF Mild-enhall, U.K., while being aerially refueled during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A MC-130J Commando II refuels a CV-22B Osprey, all based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force al-lowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Opera-tions Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refu-eling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mi-chael Washburn)

A MC-130J Commando II refuels a CV-22B Osprey, all based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force al-lowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Opera-tions Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refu-eling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mi-chael Washburn)

Two CV-22B Ospreys sit parked on a flight line as an MC-130J Commando II, all based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., prepares to land during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. In-tegration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recov-ery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

Two CV-22B Ospreys sit parked on a flight line as an MC-130J Commando II, all based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., prepares to land during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. In-tegration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recov-ery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen return a simulated downed crew member back to a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen return a simulated downed crew member back to a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a training exercise near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A 7th Special Operations Squadron Airman provides security for 321st Special Tactics Squadron opera-tors as they secure a CV-22 Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., landing site during a training mission near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A 7th Special Operations Squadron Airman provides security for 321st Special Tactics Squadron opera-tors as they secure a CV-22 Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., landing site during a training mission near Bodø, Norway, August 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A 321st Special Tactics Squadron Airman descends from a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Milden-hall, U.K., to rescue a downed aircraft crew member during a training mission near Bodø, Norway, Au-gust 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north re-gion. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A 321st Special Tactics Squadron Airman descends from a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Milden-hall, U.K., to rescue a downed aircraft crew member during a training mission near Bodø, Norway, Au-gust 27, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north re-gion. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A forward area refueling point specialist with the U.S. Air Force 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron,  attaches a fuel hose to a Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 helicopter during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A forward area refueling point specialist with the U.S. Air Force 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, attaches a fuel hose to a Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 helicopter during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 helicopter crew member demonstrates refueling procedures with a U.S. Air Force 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point specialist, during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner na-tion and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aeri-al refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 helicopter crew member demonstrates refueling procedures with a U.S. Air Force 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point specialist, during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner na-tion and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aeri-al refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 helicopter hovers overhead of a 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point specialist, during a FARP demonstration amid a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 helicopter hovers overhead of a 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point specialist, during a FARP demonstration amid a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A forward area refueling point specialist with the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, rolls up a fuel hose after refueling a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)
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A forward area refueling point specialist with the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, rolls up a fuel hose after refueling a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

A forward area refueling specialist with the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron refuels a Royal Nor-wegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to en-hance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as per-sonnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A forward area refueling specialist with the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron refuels a Royal Nor-wegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to en-hance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as per-sonnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A forward area refueling specialist with the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron refuels a Royal Nor-wegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to en-hance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as per-sonnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A forward area refueling specialist with the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron refuels a Royal Nor-wegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to en-hance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as per-sonnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares  to enter the Rygge Air Station, Norway, flightline before a training exercise, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force al-lowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Opera-tions Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refu-eling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mi-chael Washburn)
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A Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to enter the Rygge Air Station, Norway, flightline before a training exercise, August 26, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force al-lowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Opera-tions Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refu-eling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mi-chael Washburn)

A Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 Helicopter and a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Milden-hall, U.K., hovers over 321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen after performing fast-rope training at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)
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A Royal Norwegian Air Force Bell 412 Helicopter and a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Milden-hall, U.K., hovers over 321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen after performing fast-rope training at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further se-cure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, mari-time craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Wash-burn)

321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen repel from a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a training mission at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refuel-ing point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen repel from a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a training mission at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refuel-ing point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., sits parked on the flightline outside a Norwe-gian hangar at Rygge Air Station, during a training mission, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refuel-ing point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., sits parked on the flightline outside a Norwe-gian hangar at Rygge Air Station, during a training mission, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refuel-ing point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

An Airman with the 352d Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sits on the back ramp of an MC-130J Commando II, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., as a Royal Norwegian Air Force pilot prepares to depart his F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training mission at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352 SOW to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recov-ery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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An Airman with the 352d Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sits on the back ramp of an MC-130J Commando II, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., as a Royal Norwegian Air Force pilot prepares to depart his F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training mission at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352 SOW to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recov-ery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., takes off from Rygge Air Station, Norway, during a training mission on August 25, 2020. Integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352 SOW to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capa-bilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Mildenhall, U.K., takes off from Rygge Air Station, Norway, during a training mission on August 25, 2020. Integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352 SOW to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided training for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capa-bilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A Norwegian military member stands guard in front of a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Milden-hall, U.K., during a training mission at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided train-ing for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A Norwegian military member stands guard in front of a CV-22B Osprey, based out of RAF Milden-hall, U.K., during a training mission at Rygge Air Station, Norway, August 25, 2020. Integration with the Norwegian Air Force allowed the 352d Special Operations Wing to enhance and strengthen bonds with our partner nation and further secure the strategic high-north region. The exercise provided train-ing for 352d Special Operations Wing members on capabilities such as personnel recovery, forward area refueling point, aerial refueling, maritime craft delivery system, and fast rope training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, U.K. --

Members with the 352nd Special Operations Wing recently returned home after participating in a training exercise, Fluid Needle, near Rygge and Banak Air Station, Norway, from Aug. 24 - 28.

 

The overall intent for the exercise revolved around completing two complex personnel recovery scenarios. One led by the The Royal Norwegian Air Force and one led by the U.S. with partner forces integrated into both scenarios. This exercise continues a long line of tradition of training between the two countries, ever building to improve relations and capabilities.

 

“We have worked with the 352 SOW before,” said Norway's Lt. Col. Morton Christiansen, Norwegian Special Operations Command air operations. “All the way back to the 90's when we were jumping out of the MCs [MC-130J Commando II]. It's been a long relationship, but this is the first time we have everyone together here at this base [Rygge] with the Ospreys and the MCs and this type of tight integration.”

 

The cohabitation allows the U.S. and Norway to learn from each other and build upon existing skill sets along with enhancing shared defense of the high-north from potential adversaries.

 

“We develop the trust and interoperability while we train so that when we meet in operations like we have done in Afghanistan, we know who we're working with, how they plan and execute the mission,” Christiansen said. “We build the trust during peace-time training and we increase the trust when we actually do operations in a crisis or war.”

 

Norway is a prominent partner to the United States and has geographical significance to safety and security in the region.

 

“Norway was chosen because we wanted to build upon the lessons learned from Cold Response,” said Capt. Joshua Hagwood, Exercise Fluid Needle mission commander. “It's pretty much a challenging environment and it gives opportunities to not only to develop with our partner nation, but also to further lay down the groundwork for the special operation wing's future high-north persistent presence.”

 

Additionally, training and mission execution in Sweden demonstrates the commitment and implementation of the Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett’s Arctic Strategy, released July 2020.

 

“The Arctic is among the world's most strategically significant regions – the keystone from which the U.S. Air and Space Forces exercise vigilance,” Secretary Barrett said in the release.

 

Putting words into action, Secretary Barrett flew out to Rygge. Once there, she met with 352 SOW senior leaders and Airmen on the value of the U.S. and Norway partnership and the high-north region.

 

Witnessing the combined training first hand, Secretary Barrett saw fast rope training from a CV-22B Osprey between 321st Special Tactics Squadron Airmen and Norwegian Forsvarets Spesialkommando, Norway special forces, often referred to as FSK. This was the first time that FSK performed fast roping from a CV-22B.

 

“Besides the obvious exposure-to-the-elements factor of Norway, The U.S. and Norway have a great partnership with the same regional objectives,” Hagwood said. “We're both aligned to ensure our mutual goals are met.”

 

The exercise concluded with Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System drops with the MC-130J and aircrew, personnel recovery with the CV-22B and aircrew and special tactics Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists, and aerial refueling between MC-130s and CV-22s.

 

“There are a lot of lessons learned, but we accomplished what we set out to do,” Hagwood said. “Exercise Fluid Needle clearly demonstrated the close ties between the U.S. and Norway and our combined effort to counter the threats of potential adversaries.”