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Canadian and American Sappers work together during Ex VAUBAN's REVENGE
By Lt Kyung Sun Choi, 3 Troop Commander, 12 Field Squadron
1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER) conducted Exercise VAUBAN's REVENGE in the Canadian Forces Base Wainwright training area from Oct. 14-28, 2014. Although the exercise primarily focused on the field squadrons conducting section and troop-level mobility and counter-mobility tasks, it also provided the Regiment with an opportunity to strengthen its bonds with the U.S. Army, by hosting a platoon of U.S. sappers during the first half of the exercise. A re-organization of 12 Field Squadron occurred at the start of the exercise to ensure that each troop and platoon in the Squadron contained American squads and Canadian sections. This increased the educational value of the exchange by enabling the sappers from each nation to work closely together throughout the exercise.
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Des sapeurs canadiens et américains collaborent pendant l'exercice Vauban's Revenge
Par le Lt Kyung Sun Choi, commandant de la 3e Troupe, 12e Escadron de campagne
Le 1er Régiment du génie de combat (1 RGC) a mené l'exercice Vauban's Revenge dans le secteur d'entraînement de la Base des Forces canadiennes Wainwright du 14 au 28 oct. 2014. L'exercice se concentrait principalement sur les tâches de mobilité et de contre-mobilité de niveau de section et de troupe menées par des escadrons de campagne, mais il a également donné l'occasion au Régiment de renforcer ses liens avec la U.S. Army en accueillant un peloton de sapeurs américains pour la première moitié de l'exercice. Une réorganisation du 12e Escadron de campagne a été effectuée au début de l'exercice pour veiller à ce que chaque troupe et peloton en faisant partie contiennent des escouades américaines et des sections canadiennes. Cela a augmenté la valeur éducative de l'échange en permettant aux sapeurs des deux pays de collaborer étroitement tout au long de l'exercice.
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Canadian and U.S. Army sappers blowing up things real good
Ottawa Citizen
Explosions recently rocked the Yakima Training Center, Washington, as sappers from the U.S. Army and Canadian military conducted joint training, writes Sgt. Steven Peterson, of U.S. Army public affairs. The 571st Sapper Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, 7th Infantry Division and the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, Canadian Army, worked together setting up different training events to learn each others' tricks of the trade, so that they would know how each other would function in a joint environment.
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Need to change the culture? 6508 John Adams became the go-to guy
Danny McLeod could spot a hockey player a mile away. Even, John Adams discovered one day, if that hockey player was on a running track. McLeod, then the athletic director and hockey coach at Royal Military College, happened to be on campus one summer day, where some young soldiers from the Maritimes, in Kingston to explore the engineering schools on the base, were participating in a track meet. One of them caught the Major's eye.
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Video: Soldiers brought in to assist Cyclone Marcia recovery
The Morning Bulletin
The beers were on Townsville-based military sapper Ryan Gray recently. There is a bet among his peers (other military engineering personnel) that any one of them who appears in the paper must shout a box of beer.

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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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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.

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Female general assigned to deal with sexual misconduct
The StarPhoenix
Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson has named a female general to examine the issue of sexual harassment and assault in the military. Maj.-Gen. Christine Whitecross will develop a plan to deal with problems identified in a new report produced by Marie Deschamps, a former Supreme Court of Canada justice, according to an email Lawson sent to military staff.
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Using a M113 armoured vehicle as an IED
Ottawa Citizen
Insurgents have used a variety of ways to "deliver" improvised explosive devices against targets. In Iraq, IEDs were sometimes hidden inside dead animals on the sides of roads. In Afghanistan they were strapped onto donkeys. And of course in both wars, IEDs could be outfitted in cars and motorcycles. In Iraq, members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took things a step further. They outfitted a captured Iraq Army M113 armoured troop carrier as a rolling IED.
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Port Moody WWI trench project nearing completion
Tri-City News
There are no rats and nary a dram of whiskey to be found, but other than those missing elements, the McKnight Trench, dug out of the dirt behind Port Moody Station Museum, is as authentic a First World War re-creation as any you will find in this century.
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Neutralizing fake IEDs and dealing with a real suspicious package
Comox Valley Record
Flames shot out of a vehicle that was now a shell of its former self. Nearby were two bottles containing bright green liquid. A body lay face up on the ground and soon a military robot began to meander its way towards the mysterious scene. A small military Explosive Ordinance Disposal response team had been dispatched to the Comox Fire Training Centre as part of a developing scenario during Exercise Taz Runner.
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Half a century of service for Sapper who will wear his badge with pride
Wiltshire Times
Secretary of the West Wilts and Bath Royal Engineers Association Bill Steele said he is honoured to have been awarded the prestigious Badge of Merit for his long service to the association. Mr Steele has lived in Trowbridge for more than 50 years. He joined The Royal Engineers in 1953 and became a member of the association in 1956. He has been secretary of the West Wilts and Bath branch for eight years.
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All change for the Army Reserve
Think Defence
The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, recently gave a widely-reported lecture at Chatham House. Many outlets concentrated on the 77th Brigade aspects, but I think one aspect that was under reported was his comments on the Army Reserve.
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