Northern California, Nevada Ideal for Warfare Training
Northern Nevada and California are ideal places for our brave men and women to train for deployment.
The terrain is similar to the high desert landscape in Afghanistan and southwest Asia, which is where many military personnel are deployed.
Of course, overseas, thousands of miles from home, our military battles hostile forces in treacherous terrain.
However, just two hours from Reno is where they prepare to fight in those conditions, at not only the Hawthorne Army Depot, but the Marine Corps Mountain West Warfare Training Center.
It's a United States Marine Corp Installation Site, located in Pickel Meadow, California, about 20 miles northwest of Bridgeport.
The training facility is in a high desert, isolated location and serves as a Marine air ground task force training command.
There, much like Hawthorne, military units go through rigorous high desert and mountain warfare training.
Both places exist to train units in complex terrain that provide extreme temperatures from below freezing to very warm.
In January, it gets as cold as eight degrees and as warm as low nineties in the summer. The temperature swing, again, much like Afghanistan.
Some of the courses military personnel would be required to take at the Hawthorne Army Depot and the training center in Bridgeport, include ammunition renovation, cold weather pre-environmental, training mountain operations and tactical rope suspension techniques. They also take cold weather scout sniper courses, along with an assault climber course.
Many of these courses include ammunition, which can be extremely dangerous, as we now know from last night's tragedy.
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