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Chief Engineer MGen Whitecross promoted to LGen
CMEA
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, is pleased to announce this year's list of senior appointments, promotions and retirements. Notable is the promotion to LGen of our Chief Military Engineer, MGen C.T. Whitecross, who will be appointed as Chief of Military Personnel. LGen Whitecross is first female officer to reach that rank.

To replace LGen Whitecross. BGen K.D. McQuillan will be promoted and appointed as Chief Military Engineer.
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2015 Central Region Beaver Cup — April 8-10, 2015 — Kingston
CMEA
Dear Engineer Community,

1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU) Kingston will host the 2015 Central Region Beaver Cup (Hockey Tournament) from April 8-10, 2015. (For more details/registration, see attached document). As the rink is unavailable on the Base, the tournament will take place at the Invista Centre (1350 Gardiners Road) in the West end of Kingston. Cost* will be $800 per team (maximum 18 players per team). Quarters will be available at a cost of $25 per person per night. Rations will be available at the combined Mess for $22.40 per day. Participating teams are responsible for their own transportation. Confirmation of participation is required no later than March 2, 2015.

Any questions or concerns should be forwarded to the OPI, Capt David Thibaudeau at 613-541-5010 ext. 7326 or CSN 271-7326 or by email at david.thibaudeau@forces.gc.ca. The official joining instructions will be sent once we have received your intent message.

*A portion of the registration fee covers the cost of the location of the Invista Centre ice rink.

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Beaver Cup 2015 de la région centrale — 8-10 avril, 2015 — Kingston
AGMC
À tous les membres de la communauté du Génie,

1ère Unité d'appui du génie (1 UAG) Kingston sera l'hôte du Beaver Cup 2015 (Tournoi de hockey) de la région centrale du 8 au 10 avril 2015. (Pour de plus amples informations/inscription, veuillez consulter le document ci-joint). Étant donné l'indisponibilité de la glace sur la base, le tournoi se déroulera au Centre Invista (1350 Gardiners Road) situé à l'ouest de Kingston. Les frais d'inscription* sont de 800 $ par équipe (maximum de 18 joueurs par équipe). L'hébergement sera offert au coût de 25 $ par pers. par nuit. Les rations seront offertes au Mess combiné au coût de 22,40 $ par jour. Les équipes participantes sont responsables de leur transport. La confirmation de participation doit être reçue au plus tard le 2 mars 2015.

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter le BPR, Capt. David Thibaudeau au 613-541-5010 poste 7326 ou CSN 271-7326 ou par courriel david.thibaudeau@forces.gc.ca. Les instructions officielles vous seront acheminées une fois votre confirmation de participation reçue.

*Une partie des frais d'inscription couvre les coûts occasionnés par la location des glaces aux Centre Invista.

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2 historical engineer monuments — coming home
CFB Chilliwack Historical Society
192 Construction Engineer Flight (Aldergrove) will be excavating for the return of two historical Engineer monuments to All Sappers Memorial Park.

If you would like to contribute to the costs of materials, sand, aggregate, concrete, etc., our society will issue tax deductible receipts for donations of $20 or more.

Our goal is to raise $3,000 to cover these costs — any overages will go into a Memorials Fund for care and maintenance, in trust of the CFB Chilliwack Historical Society.

My $100 is in — I challenge you to meet or beat my donation — seriously, any amount will greatly help.

Please pass this request along to your email/mail groups.

Your donation can be mailed to:

CFBCHS
6760 School Lane
Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 2C9

Chimo!

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Rapport des activités, Adjuc de la Branche du GMC
AGMC
J'ai assisté au briefing de transfert et à la nomination du Col Horgan, le nouveau conseiller de la Branche du GMC.
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Government of Canada to commemorate 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in 2015
Government of Canada
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, recently announced plans for an official Government of Canada delegation to travel to the Netherlands in 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The delegation will be comprised of Veterans who served on land, in the air and at sea during the Second World War campaign.
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3 Saskatchewan lakes named to honour fallen soldiers
Global News
Three lakes in northern Saskatchewan have been named after soldiers from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry who died in Afghanistan. The geomemorial recognizes the sacrifices of individuals who were born or spent time in Saskatchewan and who gave their lives in service.

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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.

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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.

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 In the Media


Arms manufacturer makes bizarre rifle for Canadian Armed Forces
Popular Science
Maybe Canada's Armed Forces are fighting a Wendigo infestation no one knows about. Perhaps they're engaged in a secret war against Bigfoot and his moose army for control of the Northwest Passage. There's also the reality that Canada is a NATO partner and fights regular wars overseas; Canadian troops fought alongside American ones in Afghanistan from 2001 until March 2014.
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Military: Canada's Iraq mission has cost $122 million
Toronto Star
Canada's air and ground mission battling Islamic State extremists in Iraq has cost $122 million so far, new figures show. Defence Minister Jason Kenney recently overturned weeks of silence by the Defence Department on the issue and revealed the price tag of the mission to date. "We think these costs are entirely reasonable given the importance of this mission," Kenney said in a statement.
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Veterans face delays up to 2 years for severance pay
The Chronicle Herald
Part-time soldiers who've left the military now face longer waits — some almost two years — for severance pay in a moribund system National Defence had promised to fix. Former military ombudsman Pierre Daigle investigated a series of complaints when reservists, unlike their full-time counterparts, were waiting a year, sometimes longer, to receive the mandatory pay-outs after shedding their uniforms.
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Canadian forces set to train near site of Boko Haram attacks
CBC News
Canadian special forces are set to take part in a multi-country military training exercise in a part of Western Africa that continues to see attacks by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Canada's Department of National Defence says the soldiers will not fight Boko Haram, but it's not clear what would happen should they encounter the militants during training exercises, which start in Diffa, Niger.
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Winnipeg man celebrates 70 years with Canadian Armed Forces
Canoe.ca
He lied about his age to enlist, and recently, Master Warrant Officer Jack Walton marked 70 years with the Canadian Armed Forces — the military's longest-serving member. "I enlisted in 1945," Walton said. "I guess I can tell you now — they won't kick me out — I was 13 years old. I told them I was 16 going on 17, with my parents' consent. And, of course, my dad (Fred) was in the band, too, so I got in as a boy soldier."
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British and Canadian soldiers taking part in exercise in Quebec
Ottawa Citizen
Canadian Army soldiers mostly from 2nd Canadian Division along with British Army troops are participating in Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2015 (Ex UR 15) in Valcartier, QC, the Canadian military stated in a news release. This exercise is a key step in the Canadian Army's training cycle and Road to High Readiness, the army noted.
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Wounded Warriors Canada donates to Alberta PTSD horse therapy program
Edmonton Sun
Armed forces members coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Operation Stress Injuries are healing with help from horses. Wounded Warriors Canada is donating $170,000 to Can Praxis, an Alberta-based equine program that supports ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families. The Can Praxis program, based out of Rocky Mountain House, helps improve interpersonal communication and reduces conflict in relationships.
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Military may soon be able to copy and 3-D print exact replicas of bones and limbs for injured soldiers
3DPrint.com
Sometimes I open the newspaper and I have to stop and pinch myself for a moment, to make sure I'm not having a crazy dream. This has been the case a lot lately after seeing how quickly technology has been advancing. Just recently, I learned that next year, Tesla plans for their new line of vehicles to be 90 per cent self-driving. I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't asleep, and then I came across something even more incredible, which made me pinch a little bit harder.
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