CMEA News Brief
Apr. 10, 2015

100 years ago in the trenches
Lieutenant Duncan Bell-Irving was born in England on Jan. 3rd, 1888, and came with his parents to Vancouver in April of that same year. He attended school in Vancouver and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, in 1908. He returned to British Columbia and was articled to Mr. G.H Dawson, B.C.L.S. the former Surveyor General, obtaining his commission as a B.C. Land Surveyor in 1913. He entered into partnership with Captain K.C.C Taylor, D.S.O., B.C.L.S. under the firm name of "Taylor and Bell-Irving" of Vancouver.More

Il y a 100 ans dans les tranchées
Le lieutenant Duncan Bell-Irving est né en Angleterre le 3 janvier 1888 et est arrivé à Vancouver avec ses parents en avril de la même année. Il a fait ses études à Vancouver et a obtenu son diplôme du Collège militaire royal à Kingston, en 1908. Il est retourné en Colombie-Britannique, où il a été stagiaire auprès de M. G.H Dawson, arpenteur-géomètre de la C.-B., l'ancien Arpenteur général, obtenant sa commission en tant qu'arpenteur-géomètre de la C.-B. en 1913. Il a établi un partenariat avec le capitaine K.C.C Taylor, O.S.D., arpenteur-géomètre de la C.-B., sous le nom de « Taylor and Bell-Irving » de Vancouver.More

National FireFit Champion and World Firefighter Combat Challenge
Angela Florcke
What would possess a firefighter to don their full turnout gear, including a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, and pit their skills in a grueling race against time when there's no actual fire to battle? A long line of seasoned veterans, along with rookie firefighters, came together in Longueuil, QC, this past September to test their mettle in the 21st Canadian FireFit Firefighter Combat Challenge — a contest of strength, endurance, grit and determination — to demonstrate their firefighting prowess and know-how.More

Champion national des pompiers FireFit et World Firefighter Combat Challenge
Angela Florcke
Qu'est-ce qui pourrait pousser un pompier à enfiler tout son équipement, y compris un appareil de protection respiratoire autonome, et à démontrer ses compétences dans une brutale course contre la montre sans un véritable incendie à combattre? En septembre dernier, un grand nombre de pompiers expérimentés et néophytes se sont rassemblés à Longueuil, au Québec, pour se mettre à l'épreuve dans le cadre du 21e championnat canadien des pompiers FireFit, une épreuve de force, d'endurance et de détermination, dans le but de démontrer leurs prouesses et leur compétence dans leur métier.More

Our orphans are home
CFB Chilliwack Historical Society
Summer of 2009 was a wonderful time — Sappers "everywhere" rejoiced when Canada Lands Company agreed to renovate The Cenotaph grounds here in Chilliwack. Final cost — almost $2 million. Two of the CFB Chilliwack historical monuments were removed to 54 ES compound for safe keeping at that time. Several new homes for these babies were considered, even promised, but circumstances did not permit.More

Nos orphelins sont revenus à la maison
La Société historique de la BFC Chilliwack
L'été 2009 a été merveilleux. Les sapeurs de « partout » se sont réjouis quand la Société immobilière du Canada limitée a accepté de rénover le terrain du cénotaphe de Chilliwack, pour un prix final de près de deux millions de dollars. Deux des monuments historiques de la BFC Chilliwack ont alors été déplacés vers le complexe 54 ES pour y être conservés. Plusieurs nouveaux foyers ont été étudiés et même promis pour ces bébés, mais les circonstances ne s'y prêtaient pas.More

St. Thomas resident trains in the Arctic
St. Thomas Times Journal
If you thought it was cold in St. Thomas, ON, try being outdoors in Nunavut. Corporal Chase Kilbourne, one of several members of the St. Thomas-based 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins), traded in the warmer climes of southwestern Ontario for the extreme cold of the high Arctic. Kilbourne and The Elgins participated in NOREX 2015, an exercise designed to hone the skills of Canadian Armed Forces soldiers in the extreme cold and isolation of Canada's high arctic.More

Former Canadian Army commander Bill Leach passes away
Ottawa Citizen
The Canadian Museum of History recently issued a news release, "it is with great sadness that the Canadian Museum of History announces the passing of LGen (ret'd) Bill Leach, Chairman of our Board of Trustees." For the past 10 years, first as a supporter of Friends of the Canadian War Museum and more recently as Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees, General Leach has been a key advocate for both the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum and a cherished ambassador for both institutions.More

Veteran salutes service dog for restoring 'life' and 'freedom'
Sault Star
It's fair to say Freddie has afforded Joe Kelly a new "leash" on life. There was a time the former military man dreaded mingling with the masses and avoided mixing at all costs. Post-traumatic stress disorder has a way of robbing its victims of not only vigour, but often the very will to live.More

Job opportunity: Manager, Facilities and Maintenance
Heritage Park Historical Village
Job posting is attached, and interested applicants should submit their resumes no later than April 12, 2015. More

DARPA is working on something way better than GPS
When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking — something that'll work despite blind spots or jamming efforts. More

Sources: Canada's military operations commander Jonathan Vance in line for top defence post
National Post
A former combat commander, who leads Canadian military operations both at home and abroad, has emerged as the front-runner to be the country's next top military commander. Sources say Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, who twice led the army's task force in Kandahar during the Afghan war, is the likely successor to Gen. Tom Lawson, the current chief of the defence staff. Lawson announced earlier this year that he was stepping down, and is expected to be replaced by early summer, before the next federal election.More

WWI-style trench opens in Port Moody
CBC News
Guy Black has spent every weekend over the last several months labouring with other volunteers to build a replica World War I trench, usually in the rain, standing in deep-sucking mud. "To especially do it by hand, it was painful," said Black, who wanted to keep the design and construction of the project as historically accurate as possible. More

521 STRE — Water Development
Think Defence
521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE) Water Development are the Army's well drilling specialists, now part of 62 Works Group RE, in turn, part of 170 Infrastructure Support Engineer Group, not to be confused with 506 Specialist Team Royal Engineers who look after water infrastructure (hope that was clear). Their primary role is to provide a water exploration and drilling capability for deployed forces, as water is such an essential commodity that even in these reduced times, the Army still maintains the capability.More

Advanced military technology shows need for minerals and metals supply
The Hill
Innovation is essential for sustaining strong national defense and security. Take, for example, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge. This summer, teams representing some of the most advanced research and development organizations in the world will showcase the hardware, software, sensors and human-machine control interfaces of robots capable of aiding the U.S. military response efforts in environments that may be too dangerous or difficult for humans to navigate.More

Flexible armour design inspired by protective fish scales
Body armour. Through the ages, creative thinking problem-solving have gone into thinking up solutions to protect those in combat. This is where materials science, computer science, engineering and chemistry intersect as modern scientists play their part in developing protective armor. Popular Science contributor Kelsey Atherton wrote about one recent step forward, with MIT researchers turning to armour inspired by fish scales.More

Military scientists solve the mystery of the foul-smelling gas that enveloped Norway, Sweden, and Finland
MIT Technology Review
When Scandanavia woke up to the strong smell of rotten eggs one day last year, the locals wondered who or what had been responsible. Now military scientists have solved the mystery. It's fall 2014 in Molde on the Norwegian coast and the fire brigade are investigating an unusual problem. A foul smell, like rotten eggs, has enveloped the town and the locals are concerned. The next day, newspapers report a similar smell in Storuman County, across the border in Sweden. The smell strikes Finland next, further to the east.More