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Change of Appointment of Colonel Commandant of the CME Branch
BGen S.M. Irwin, CD (Retired) has been appointed the 13th Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineering Branch. He has assumed his new responsibilities during the Change of Appointment ceremony that was presided over by BGen J.S. Sirois, OMM, CD held Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME), CFB Gagetown, NB.
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Cérémonie de passation du titre honorifique du Colonel commandant de la Branche du GMC
Le Bgén S.M. Irwin, CD (Retraité) a été nommé le 13e Colonel commandant de la Branche du Génie militaire canadien. Il a assumé ses nouvelles responsabilités lors de la cérémonie de passation du titre honorifique présidé par le Bgén J.S. Sirois, OMM, CD qui a eu lieu le mercredi 18 février 2015 à l'École du génie militaire des Forces canadiennes (EGMFC) à Gagetown, NB.
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Why do military engineers choose TD Insurance?
Our TD Insurance Meloche Monnex affinity program not only saves money for CMEA members on home and auto insurance, it also provides a return to the Association to support our activities. The photo shows Mr. Sean Hogue, TD Director of Business Development for Affinity Markets presenting a $12,000 cheque to our National Treasurer Gilles Guignard as our agreed return for support to the Affinity program with them. Also pictured are David Burke, Colonel Richard Dickson, Mr. Hogue, Mr. Guignard, and Dave Carney, our Executive Director, CMEA.

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2015 Atlantic Beaverspiel (Curling): March 12-15 / 12-15 mars — Gagetown
The 2015 Atlantic Region Beaverspiel (Curling) will occur from March 12-15 at the Gage Golf and Curling Club in CFB Gagetown. All are welcome. Details are in the document attached.

Le Beaverspiel de la région de l'Atlantique 2015 (Curling) aura lieu 12 au 15 mars 2015 au Gage Golf et Curling Club à la BFC Gagetown. Tous sont les bienvenus. Les détails sont dans les documents ci-joints.


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Upcoming events
March 2 — Women in the CAF — Markham, ON
Major Lena Angell, Senior Public Affairs Officer with the National Defence Public Affairs Office (Ontario) will, in celebration of International Women's Day, be speaking on the topic of women in the CAF at an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Markham-Unionville.

March 14 — Women in the CAF — St. Catharines, ON
Brigadier-General Tammy Harris, senior military advisor to the Privy Council Office, will give a presentation to members of the Royal Niagara Military Institute.

March 30 — Department of National Defence 101 — Markham, ON
Major Jean-François Simard, student at the Canadian Forces College, will deliver a presentation introducing the DND to members of the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club.

University of Calgary Graduate Strategic Studies Conference, March 6-7
The annual Graduate Strategic Studies Conference is an educational forum for graduate and senior undergraduate students to present their research on security topics ranging from terrorism and conflict prevention/management to resource security, intelligence, nuclear proliferation, and defence policy. More information is available at here.

Ready at a Moment's Notice Conference, Calgary, April 9-10
This conference will focus on the expertise developed by government agencies, the military, companies, and civilian agencies in supply chain and logistics as applied to field deployment and emergency preparedness. More information is available here.

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Operation CROCODILE: Canadian Army soldiers, a natural fit for UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Canadian Army
Canadian Army soldiers' language abilities and cultural sensitivity make them a natural fit for the United Nations' largest current peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Galuga, Senior Liaison Officer to the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo, the army of the DRC government.
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Opération CROCODILE : les membres de l'Armée canadienne sont tout désignés pour la mission de l'ONU en République Démocratique du Congo
Armée canadienne
Les compétences linguistiques et la sensibilisation aux réalités culturelles des membres de l'Armée canadienne font d'eux le choix idéal pour participer à la plus importante mission de maintien de la paix menée par l'Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), selon le lieutenant-colonel Jason Galuga, officier supérieur de liaison auprès des Forces armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC), l'armée du gouvernement de la RDC.
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Bridges to development
Think Defence
In a remote area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1,200 kilometres kilometres from the capital Kinshasa, 12 bridges have helped open access to local markets, benefitting some 340,000 people. What struck me from the report was the amount of work generated for local people, 110,000 paid days, and the wide impact, for such a modest investment in terms of the U.K.'s overall overseas aid budget.

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Chief Engineer MGen Whitecross promoted to LGen
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.

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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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 In the Media

DND, CSIS, RCMP lapse $11 billion in cash
B.C. Local News
New figures show the country's three major national security institutions were collectively unable to spend $11 billion of their budgets over the last eight years. The statistics on lapsed funds at National Defence, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP were presented recently at the annual Conference of Defence Associations Institute meeting, which also heard a renewed warnings that the military is on the verge of a major equipment rust out.
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Canadian Army's Leopard 2 a complicated beast
Ottawa Citizen
Canada's Army will have to increase the size of its equipment management team for the Leopard 2 family. It outlined the need in the Army business plan recently obtained by Defence Watch. But why the increase in the size of the equipment management team? "This is mainly due to the significant increase in complexity of the Leopard 2," the business plan explained. "For example, the Leo 1 has only one turret model and a common chassis."
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Poll: Support for Iraq mission trumps Afghanistan war
The Globe and Mail
Canada's military mission battling Islamic State militants in Iraq enjoys more public support than this country's costly engagement in the Afghanistan war ever did, veteran Ipsos Reid pollster Darrell Bricker says. The Harper government has broadly signalled that it wants to extend the six-month mission — which is supported by a parliamentary endorsement that runs out soon — while insisting a decision has not been made.
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Budget projections suggest small hike in some veterans' programs
Toronto Star
The Harper government's road map to this year's federal budget suggests it is prepared to pour more money into programs and services for the country's veterans, while largely holding the line on defence spending. Treasury Board President Tony Clement released the 2015-2016 spending estimates recently, even though it's unclear when the budget will be tabled.
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How Canadians are helping in war-torn South Sudan
CTV News
South Sudan became the world's newest country in 2011. The Canadian government has committed to helping the country, part of which is our military presence as part of Operation Soprano. "Working with the UN to accomplish the UN mandate, to help make this new nation great, to protect its civilians, it's extremely gratifying," says Philippe-Andre Genest of the Canadian Armed Forces.
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A trio of great maps
Think Defence
Map are useful, and maps with data are more than useful. Here are three interesting examples of both.
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Military could be using high-tech speech software by 2017
U.S.A. Today
The Pentagon could be able to listen in on voice communications in difficult environments and then quickly translate and transcribe them for use by intelligence analysts and combat troops by 2017, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Newly released DARPA documents show it is continuing the next two stages of its Robust Automatic Transcription of Speech program, which is aimed at separating speech from background noise, determining which language is being spoken and then isolating key words from that speech for analysis.
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