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CME Branch CWO Activity Report
CMEA
Follow the activities of your Branch CWO as he travels with the Colonel Commandant and Branch Advisor to a number of different activities between June and September, 2014. Read his comments as he visits change of command parades for 2 CER, MCE, CFFA, CF Intelligence Command, and observes activities with 1 ESU and 191 CE Flight. He offers his insight into training issues for regular and reserve Engineers, represents the Branch at the funeral of an MCE Sergeant, and attends a number of Depart with Dignity ceremonies. The French text of his report will follow in a later CMEA News Brief.
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2015 Pacific Region Beaver Cup / Beaver Cup 2015 de la région du Pacifique — April 8-10 / Avril 2015 — Esquimalt
CMEA / AGMC
Current and previously serving members of the Canadian Military Engineer family, military and civilian, are cordially invited to participate in a long-standing engineer tradition, the Pacific Region Beaver Cup 2015 at CFB Esquimalt from April 8-10, 2015. (See document attached). Point of Contact (POC) is Capt. Andrew Bowie at 250-363-2744 or andrew.bowie@forces.gc.ca.

A toutes les membres militaire et civil en service ou retraité de la Branche du Génie militaire canadien, vous êtes cordialement invités pour participer au tournoi de hockey Beaver Cup 2015 de la région du Pacifique. Ce tournoi aura lieu du 08 au 10 avril 2015 à la BFC Esquimalt. (Voir doc ci-joint). Pour plus amples informations, veuillez communiquer avec le BPR du tournoi: Capt. Andrew Bowie 250-363-2744 ou andrew.bowie@forces.gc.ca.

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From 'Army' Howard to Harry Jerome: A trailblazing legacy of courage
Canadian Army
While the name John Armstrong "Army" Howard may not be familiar to most Canadians, perhaps it should be. The Winnipeg-raised First World War veteran dominated Canadian sprinting from 1912 to 1915. Not only does Howard appear to be Canada's first black Olympian, he passed on his passion for running to his grandchildren, Olympians Harry and Valerie Jerome.
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Petawawa may be getting new Canadian Forces Health Services Centre at a cost of $27 million
Ottawa Citizen
Defence Construction Canada has informed contractors that there might be a potential project coming down the pipe — the construction of a new Health Services Centre located in Petawawa. The facility would consist of a two-storey medical office clinic and is designed to provide such services as modern medical, dental, physiotherapy and mental health services under one roof.
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Air force chief set to retire amid Canadian Forces brass shake-up
Toronto Star
A number of changes are in the works for military brass, including the retirement of the head of the air force and the promotion of the first woman to run the personnel branch. The country's top military commander, Gen. Tom Lawson, has announced a series of promotions and new postings, many of which take effect throughout the coming months. The biggest change is the departure of Lt.-Gen. Ivan Blondin, a veteran fighter pilot who became head of the air force just over two years ago and was one of the biggest champions of the controversial F-35 program.
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Veterans Affairs Minister promises change, but says new charter is here to stay
CTV News
Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole is thanking a veteran who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan for publicly sharing his story about his struggles trying to receive benefits and support from the government. O'Toole told CTV's Canada AM that retired Master Cpl. Paul Franklin's story is important, because it points to larger challenges that need to be addressed at Veterans Affairs Canada.
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70 years after the Second World War: Remembrance endures
Ottawa Citizen
With each passing year, month by month and day by day, as time continues to march on, there is a greater need for us to appreciate the timelessness of that enormous historic event and for those who survived to live to tell their story.

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Canadian veteran Dillon Hillier, who fought against ISIS, returns home
Global News
Canadian Forces veteran Dillon Hillier, who joined Kurdish forces battling ISIS two months ago, has returned home, according to a statement from his family posted to social media recently.

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Job opportunity: Project Manager — Large Construction Project, Ottawa Region
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The following job opportunity may appeal to a CMEA member with experience in managing construction projects valued at more than $50 million.

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Canadian army has no idea how it lost 3 artillery shells worth $500,000 on way out of Afghanistan
National Post
The Canadian army somehow lost three highly-sophisticated, precision-guided artillery shells on its way out of Afghanistan in an embarrassing case that resulted in an almost two-year investigation. Known as Excalibur rounds, the 155-millimetre, high-explosive ammunition could not be accounted for among the mission close-out paperwork as the military withdrew from Kandahar in late 2011.
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Canadian forces on periphery of fighting in Niger
The StarPhoenix
Canadian special forces are operating near a town in Niger that has been the scene of heavy fighting between government troops and Islamic extremists. The troops from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa are not involved in the combat but are training with Niger troops on the outskirts of the town of Diffa, Department of National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said recently.
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Canadian Rangers teach soldiers winter survival techniques
Net Newsledger
Fifty members of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment returned to their homes in the Niagara Region having got what they wanted — cold temperatures, lots of snow, and a lot of knowledge about how to survive in the bush. The soldiers, all part-time reservists, completed several days of winter training at a military area in the bush, 30 kilometres south of Sudbury, learning to live and function in temperatures that dipped to -27°C with wind chills as low as -36°C.
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The Flexi Arch bridge system
Think Defence
Although the arch bridge is almost as old as the bridge they are not generally used for modern military bridging, even non equipment bridging. Developed in conjunction with Queens University Belfast, the Flexi Arch bridge system from Macrete uses pre-cast concrete sections to dramatically improve installation time.
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Ever wonder how Army Corps meteorologists deal with the dam weather?
KOMO News
We all know it rains a lot in Seattle, but what about when it pours? I mean, really pours. This fall and winter has been one Pineapple Express warm storm after another and while we have managed to dodge a lot of major flooding this season, those whose job it is to protect us from flooding have been busy. And that includes those at the Army Corps of Engineers — among the unsung heroes of keeping people and property safe during intense rain storms as they are tasked with, among other things, regulating the amount of water coming through the dam-controlled river flood plains.
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Engineers in Africa: Their own view of Ebola mission
Army Times
1st Lt. Moncada and Capt. Haywood were among a company of engineers who deployed to build treatment facilities in West Africa late last year. Now they tell their own experiences of soaking rain, midnight convoys, unreliable contractors and their "most valuable asset" — a Liberian captain. Here is their story.
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