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Soldiers of B Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, accompanied by their comrades in B Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, set out at 2 a.m. Nov. 27 to climb Whiteface Mountain.

Nestled in the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain rises to 4,867 feet above sea level. While Fort Drum was still green that day, Whiteface was already covered with snow.

Members of B Company, 2nd BSTB, comprise the brigade intelligence company. These Soldiers spend most of their time in the confines of the Secret Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF), where they pour over classified reports, analyzing them and making recommendations.

"In an Army where those who live on forward operation bases (FOBs) and work in offices, even while deployed, make recommendations on where and when to send the infantry," said Capt. Paul Kubik, commander of B Company, 2nd BSTB, "perspective is everything and not something that can be done through proxy.

"This training allowed the Soldiers to look at the Army through that lens (of an infantryman). While the Soldiers were not concerned about an armed threat, the terrain, snow and cold did highlight key learning points for Soldiers and leaders alike," Kubik said.

The Soldiers felt the training was invaluable, as it highlighted the austere conditions that those who work outside the wire will encounter in Afghanistan, and the perspective it provided them will enhance their ability to support the infantry.

"Only by a Soldier donning his or her rucksack with their body armor and executing a movement can they begin to understand the expectations of an infantryman," Kubik said.

Article by Maj. Shane Sandretto, 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO