The US Army National Guard and the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) have conducted training exercises at the Royal Saudi Land Forces Mountain Warfare School, in Saudi Arabia.

Approximately 70 Task Force Avalanche Soldiers from Vermont Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion 172 Infantry (Mountain) unit participated in a series of exercises designed to hone their mountain warfare skills.

The Saudi Arabian contingent included nearly 30 RSLF soldiers.

According to an US Army statement, the training included tactical situation training, mountain casualty evacuation, and fixed rope and cliff traversing, as well as rappelling.

The soldiers of the two countries fully integrated during the exercises.

Task Force Avalanche operation officer Major Garion Ford said: “The training was fantastic on both sides, and we stationed three linguists at the RSLF Mountain Warfare School to build rapport with our hosts. Our linguists did amazing work, and even participated in the training.

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“This training event showcased our people as soldier diplomats, building and strengthening the ties between the US and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a great training cycle to refresh our mountain skills.”

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