STJØRDAL, NORWAY— On the second and final day in Norway, a bipartisan congressional delegation led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) traveled north to tour military installations in Norway, meet with U.S. and Norway military personnel, and see first-hand the longstanding military-to-military relationship between our two countries.
Værnes Air Station in Norway is home to an important prepositioning program of the United States Marine Corps, with significant equipment and resources in the country to allow U.S. and NATO forces to respond quickly to urgent security threats in the region and around the world.
At Værnes, the delegation had lunch with American Marines stationed in Norway on a rotational basis for cold weather training and joint military exercises.
Later, the delegation also visited Bodø, home to the Norwegian National Joint Headquarters. There, they saw the Norwegian military’s quick reaction alert (QRA) capability, utilizing F-16s as part of Norway’s efforts to fulfill the NATO mission in the high north of the country. In Bodø, the delegation was able to witness how Norway serves as the eyes and ears of the northern flank in support of NATO.