“Big Assed Fight on the Horizon” – USMC Commandant Robert Neller
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming. … You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.” Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller
Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller and the Sgt Major of the Corps showed up at the Vaernes Garrison in Norway. General Neller has an annual Christmas tour, and this year the Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim was his first stop. The General told the troops that “a big assed fight” was on the horizon.
It’s a fight, for certain. The Marine Rotational Force Europe is in Norway training with their Norwegian counterparts for cold weather operations, and Russia has expressed its displeasure at the presence of US troops. Some in Norway have expressed trepidation over US troops on their soil as well. The purpose of their presence is to reassure US allies and “enhance” our partnerships.
General Neller told the troops that they need to be ready for that fight. He later told them that USMC could turn their focus to Russia and China at a moment’s notice, based on the new National Security Strategy that was released Monday. The focus to date has been the Middle East, but may be changed.
Business Insider reported,
“US Marines in Norway have been hesitant to link their deployment directly to Russia — going as far as to avoid saying “Russia” in public — but Moscow has still expressed displeasure with their presence.
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said relations between Oslo and Moscow were “put to a test” when Marines arrived in January. Moscow warned its neighbor in June that the Marines’ deployment could “escalate tensions and lead to destabilization” in the region.”
Norwegian partners, 300 US Marines, and Russian displeasure at their presence. The Sgt Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green, reminded Military.com that 300 Marines surrounded by Russians was not a big deal. After all, they’ve done it before. Echoing the sentiments of legendary Marine Corps General “Chesty” Puller, he stated,
“They don’t like the fact that we oppose them, and we like the fact that they don’t like the fact that we oppose them.Three hundred of us, surrounded by them. We’ve got them right where we wanted, right? We’ve done this before.” Sgt Maj Ronald Green
Featured Photo- the Marine Rotational Force in Norway, which hs been present since January. Photo was taken of Exercise Joint Viking March, 2017 by Sgt. Patricia Claypool-Morris