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Human performance and medical treatment and support during cold weather operations

The first meeting of HFM RTG-310 was held on September 26-27, 2019 at the CSO in Paris, France. Members nations present were: NLD, CAN, GBR, NOR, SWE, USA; and each presented current work and research priorities. In recent years, military interest in cold regions has increased due to climate change and a changing geopolitical landscape increasing security threats in some areas. Years of military operations in desert-like conditions has resulted in operational challenges for cold operations resulting in injuries and reduced human performance. Within its three year tenure, this panel plans to produce NATO guidelines and decision making tools for the sustainment of soldier health and performance in cold weather operations, guidelines and standardization criteria for diagnosis and treatment of cold weather injuries and non-freezing cold weather injuries, and identification of critical research gaps in the areas of human performance and medical treatment during cold operations. Please contact the HFM Panel Executive (Erik.Laenen@cso.nato.int) if you would like additional information.

(U.S. Navy Photo by Visual Information Specialist Chris Desmond)


US Marine Lance Corporal Sian Lawson participates in cold water immersion training near Bardufoss, Norway as part of Exercise White Claymore in February 2018. During the exercise, Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe honed their winter warfare skills with UK Royal Marines with 45 Commando.

Published 2019-10-06T22:00:00Z by HFM