Kirsters Baish| This past Thursday, a Marine Corps commandant issued a warning to the United States troops that are stationed in Norway. The warning was that they should be prepared for a war.
General Neller went on to explain that there is a very distinct possibility that in the near future that Russia and the Pacific theater are the next areas of severe conflict. His warning was heard loud and clear. Sergeant Major Ronald Green had a very similar outlook on the whole situation.
Green warned his troops, “Just remember why you’re here. They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.”
The generals’ warnings took place just a day prior to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis notifying troops located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that “storm clouds are gathering” over top of the Korean Peninsula.
It is still unclear whether the comments made by the two generals were meant to be motivation for their troops or if they meant more by their warnings.
Both Nelle and Green made their arrival in Norway, which took place alongside the growing tensions between the United States and our NATO allies and Russia. Military.com reported that Russia had warned Norway that their decision to host a new unit of troops from the United States until the end of the year 2018 would have a negative effect on relations.
Officials from Norway insisted that they have United States troops stationed there simply to heighten ties with NATO allies as well as to bring about cold-weather combat operations.
A Q&A session was conducted with troops located in the Norwegian Home Guard base close to Trondheim. During the Q&A session, General Neller explained that the United States had the ability to shift their focus from the Middle East to Eastern Europe at the drop of a hat. He made reference to Russia’s conflicts with the Ukraine and Georgia to justify his point. He explained to the Marines that they must be prepared for a “big-ass fight.”
It has been reported that Russia has been nervous about the presence of American troops close to its borders. In June of 2016, 300 United States Marines were deployed to Norway. These were the first foreign troops who were granted allowance to operate inside the country since World War II.
Russia conducted a joint military exercise in September of this year, pairing with Belarus which involved 12,700 troops.
Now. there is a new National Security Strategy which is being implemented by the Trump administration. The administration singled out Russia and China as two of the world powers who are challenging “American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.”
While we are unsure as of now if the warnings from the generals were simply to boost motivation among their troops or if something more is taking place, it is obvious that troops must remain ready for anything.