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New recipient — CME Branch Commendation — 438 THS
Government of Canada
Presented to 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (438 THS) in recognition of their extraordinary support and commitment to a member of the Canadian Military Engineer Family, WO Patrice Vincent and his family following his tragic death on October 20, 2014. The respect paid to WO Vincent and the compassion shown to his family were remarkable and reflect greatly on the leadership, dedication and professionalism of 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and the entire 1 Wing community.
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Nouveau récipiendaire — Mention élogieuse de la Branche du GMC — 438e Escadron
Gouvernement du Canada
Présenté au 438e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères (438 ETAH) en reconnaissance de son soutien et de son dévouement extraordinaires envers un membre de la famille du Génie militaire canadien, l'Adj Patrice Vincent, ainsi qu'à sa famille à la suite de son décès tragique le 20 octobre 2014. Le dernier hommage rendu à l'Adj Vincent et la compassion dont on a fait preuve envers sa famille sont remarquables et sont tout à l'honneur du leadership, du dévouement et du professionnalisme du 438e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères ainsi que de l'ensemble de la collectivité de la 1re Escadre.
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The following events are happening across the CME community
CMEA
• February 19-22, 2015: 45th Annual Pigspiel — Kingston
• February 22-26, 2015: Prairie Region Beaver Cup — Cold Lake
• March 19-21, 2015: Prairie Region BeaverSpiel — Cold Lake
• May 22-24, 2015: Combat Diver 50th Anniversary CFB Gagetown
• May 22-24, 2015: Atlantic Sappers Reunion CFB Gagetown

See details here.

If you have any events you would like listed, please contact your local CMEA Chapter or CMEA Webmaster.

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Myth busting — why the New Veterans Charter came into effect
Veterans Ombudsman
Support for Canada's injured and ill Veterans has struck a chord with many Canadians. Hardly a day goes by without someone commenting in the media about problems with how Veterans are supported under the New Veterans Charter (NVC). Critics of the NVC criticize its deficiencies, while supporters point out the lack of understanding about the benefits and services available to injured and ill Veterans and their families.
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Approximately 2,800 Canadian soldiers to take part in winter combat training
Ottawa Citizen
Approximately 2,800 soldiers from the Canadian Army, most of them from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), are taking part in winter combat operations training at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier and in Quebec City and surrounding region, the Canadian Forces announced in a recent news release.
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The biggest bang
The Defence
Eight kilometres northwest of Burton upon Trent is the site of the U.K.'s largest man-made explosion, the RAF Fauld munitions storage depot. Mining at the location dates back to the early 1800s, its alabaster being of very high quality. The mining technique used was pillar and stall, mineral being left in place to form roof supports.

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Erin O'Toole, new veterans affairs minister: 7 things to know
Huffington Post
Canadians have a new minister of veterans affairs after Julian Fantino's tumultuous tenure in the role came to an end recently. Erin O'Toole, MP for Ontario's Durham riding, has taken up the job of improving relations with veterans that became testy, to say the least, under Fantino's watch.

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IE FOCUS — December 22, 2014
CMEA
The December Edition of the ADM IE Newsletter "IE FOCUS" is now available on the CMEA website. Read about the latest news from ADM IE, including the latest recipients of the OMM, Transformation update, the Real Property Working Group, and many more interesting articles.

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'One-stop shop' PTSD clinic for veterans opens in Cole Harbour
Global News
A new private clinic has opened in the Halifax area that will specifically cater to first responders and veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma Healing Centers plans to open 13 clinics across the country by the end of 2015. They believe their model is the first of its kind in Canada. "It's pretty unique what we're doing especially with the multi-disciplinary approach," said president Kylie Atkinson.
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Canada's Iraq mission: Soldiers defended themselves in fire fight
Huffington Post
Canadian troops exchanged fire with Islamic State extremists during a recent battlefield planning exercise in Iraq, the military revealed recently. It also acknowledged its soldiers have helped Kurdish forces by directing coalition air strikes. The officer in charge of the elite special forces, which has been advising local forces in northern Iraq since September, denied that these events represent an escalation of Canada's involvement.
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Soldiers train on virtual battlefield in Vernon, B.C.
Global News
Check points, enemy targets and gunfire on the battlefield. That's what around 60 army reservists from the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland experienced in Vernon this weekend — except it was virtual. Using state-of-the-art equipment transported to Vernon from Edmonton, soldiers say the Virtual Battlefield Simulator (VBS) is the next best thing to real combat. "You have to make sure that you're doing your job especially as a crew commander or patrol commander because lives are in your hands almost," says Army Reservist Alexander Prommer.
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Sickness as much a threat to Guelph soldiers as shells and bullets
Guelph Mercury
Not all of the First World War soldiers named on the Guelph Cenotaph saw action on the Western Front. Two of them died within weeks of joining the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Arthur Skinner, born in Guelph in 1882, was a produce dealer who lived with his parents Henry and Bessie on Lyon Avenue. He enlisted on April 10, 1916, and died of pneumonia on May 11. Twenty-five-year-old George Lowe, a native of England, was a grocery clerk who lived with his parents John and Ann on Elizabeth Street. He enlisted on April 16, 1917. He came down with pneumonia on May 14, and died at his home on June 23.
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U.S. Military poised to capitalize on 3-D printing
Daily Finance
With patents expiring, intellectual property declining, crowdfunded projects drawing attention and competition heating up, many in the 3-D print industry believe that 2015 will be a break-out year. Printer sales are expected to double in 2015 to more than 217,000. One industry already making strides in 3-D printing is the military.
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Beware of Japanese balloon bombs
89.3 KCUR FM
Those who forget the past are liable to trip over it. Just a few months ago a couple of forestry workers in Lumby, B.C. — about 250 miles north of the U.S. border — happened upon a 70-year-old Japanese balloon bomb. The dastardly contraption was one of thousands of balloon bombs launched toward North America in the 1940s as part of a secret plot by Japanese saboteurs. To date, only a few hundred of the devices have been found — and most are still unaccounted for.
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BAE launches first military grade 12-micron thermal weapon sight
Army Technology
BAE Systems has launched its first-to-market 12-micron thermal imaging technology, which is designed to significantly improve the effectiveness of thermal weapon sights. Called the universal thermal clip-on version XII (UTC XII), the system is claimed to be the first military-grade thermal weapon sight featuring the new 12-micron technology, which greatly reduces lens size, total system weight and battery use, while offering improved image quality.
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