Fighting on flat land is hard enough. Fighting in the mountains takes a special breed of soldier.
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Bridgeport, California holds the USA’s only mountain warfare training center and the soldiers there are something special.
I was once skinning up a mountainside near Bridgeport, CA on Sonora Pass. I paused in the shade of a tree to wait for my friends below. While waiting, I heard “pssst, pssst.” I looked around and saw nothing, no one. After a few more “psssts”, a voice said, “lookup.”
In the tree above me were four US soldiers dressed in all white with white guns and white backpacks. I was startled and a bit confused. The nearest guy whispered to me “have you seen any other guys like us?”. I replied no. He said, “ok, don’t tell anyone you saw us up here.” I said ok.
These warriors were in the middle of a war game and you can’t blame them for attempting to cheat a little. After all, if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.
Our hats go off to these brave soldiers. It’s hard enough just being in the mountains for pleasure. We can’t imagine how difficult these mountains would be during times of war.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER:
“Welcome to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in beautiful Bridgeport, California. We are the premier training site for Marines preparing to serve in mountainous regions. Our emphasis on cold weather and high altitudes provides the Marines and Sailors stationed here the opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art cold weather equipment.
Our remote location affords anyone who passes through our gates many unique and exciting possibilities. Marines and Sailors and their families have access to a number of expanding Marine Corps Community Service programs and services including New Parent Support, Semper Fit and a recently upgraded Single Marine Program. Whether you’re camping in one of the 100 campgrounds located within a 50-mile radius or experiencing some of California’s finest fishing; exploring historic Bridgeport or hiking through neighboring Yosemite National Park, your experience here will always be filled with adventure. Welcome aboard! We hope you enjoy your time at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.” – Marines