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Sapper Gill Leclair (retired) from Rouyn-Noranda, Second World War veteran, has been awarded the highest Honour bestowed by the French government
CMEA
The Royal Canadian Engineers are pleased to announce that on Oct. 24, 2014, at the town hall of Rouyn-Noranda, the Government of France awarded Sapper Gill Leclair (Retired) the French National Order of the Legion of Honour. Mr. Leclair was personally presented with the award by the Consul General of France in Montréal, Bruno Clerc, before an audience of dignitaries, French nationals living in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and his family. "I am very honoured and would like to thank everyone for the reception. Something like this doesn't happen every day," noted Mr Leclair.
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Sapeur Gill Leclair (à la retraite) de Rouyn-Noranda, ancien combattant de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, a reçu la plus haute distinction accordée par l'État français
AGMC
Le Génie Royal Canadien a le plaisir d'annoncer que le gouvernement français a remis le grade de Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur au Sapeur Gill Leclair (à la retraite), le 24 octobre dernier, à l'hôtel de ville de Rouyn-Noranda. M. Leclair a reçu cet honneur des mains du Consul général de France à Montréal, M. Bruno Clerc, devant de nombreux dignitaires, ressortissants français vivant en Abitibi-Témiscamingue ainsi que sa famille. « Je suis très honoré et j'aimerais remercier tout le monde pour la réception. Ça n'arrive pas à tous les jours » commentait M. Leclair.
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From design to destruction
By: MWO Neadow (1 ESU Trg MWO)
Many of you that know or have heard about 1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU), may have a preconceived notion that these men and women sit around in their plush armchairs designing, do project management and supervise the building of camps. That being said, you're not totally off the mark; they are the Canadian Armed Forces geniuses that do exactly that.
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De la conception à la destruction
Auteur : Adjum Neadow (Adjum Instr de la 1 UAG)
Un grand nombre d'entre vous qui connaissez la 1re Unité d'appui du génie (1 UAG) ou en avez entendu parler, pourraient croire que ses membres passent leur temps devant un écran d'ordinateur à concevoir, à gérer des projets et superviser la construction de camps. Il est vrai que vous n'avez pas tout à fait tort. Il s'agit bien des génies des Forces armées canadiennes tenus d'accomplir ces tâches.
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Geospatial engineering support to Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014
By: Sgt. Mike Ward, Geospatial Engineering Support Team Comd, Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters, Victoria, B.C.
This past August, the Joint Task Force Pacific Geomatics section was tasked to provide geospatial engineering support (mapping) to Ex KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014. Deploying as a Geospatial Engineering Support team with a Deployable Geospatial Support System, Sgt. Mike Ward and MCpl Kevin Sutherland provided various geospatial products and services over the course of the exercise which took place in Trail, British Columbia from Aug. 17-28, 2014.
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Soutien technique du génie géospatial au cours de l'exercice KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014
Rédigé par : Sgt Mike Ward, cmdt de l'équipe de soutien technique du génie géospatial, au Quartier général de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique), à Victoria, en C.-B.
Au mois d'août 2014, on a demandé à la section de géomatique de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique) (Géo FOIP) de fournir un soutien technique du génie géospatial (cartographie) pendant l'Ex KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014. Affectés à l'équipe de soutien technique du génie géospatial (ESTGG) et munis d'un système de soutien géomatique déployable (SSGD), le Sgt Mike Ward et le Cplc Kevin Sutherland ont fourni divers produits et services géospatiaux au cours de l'exercice qui a eu lieu à Trail, en Colombie-Britannique, du 17 au 28 août 2014.
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IE Focus — e-Newsletter 2015
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Join the CDA Institute for a roundtable discussion: 'How Cost Estimating can Improve the Defence Procurement Process'
CDA Institute
With Dr. Daniel Nussbaum and David Perry

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
10:30am — 1:30pm
Public Policy Boardroom
130 Albert Street
Suite 1405
Ottawa, ON

CDA Institute Board Members, CDA Executive, and CDA Regular Member Associations: Please email Meaghan to register: mhobman@cdainstitute.ca.

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Army experts defuse Second World War bomb in Bermondsey
Forces TV
Army bomb disposal experts have been called in to deal with an unexploded air drop World War II-era SC 250-kilogram German bomb near the Shard in Bermondsey. The bomb would have been dropped over London by the Luftwaffe in the 1940s but unusually did not detonate.

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Buildings hidden from the world
BBC News
In 1942, a patch of isolated farm land in Tennessee was chosen as a site for a project so secret it has been credited as "the birth of the national security state." On the land, U.S. Army engineers built a town according to a master plan by the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It didn't appear on any maps.

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Chimo! CMEA Last Post entries
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The CMEA has been putting Last Post entries on our website since 2001. The vast majority of these entries have come from the efforts of a few dedicated people led by Ken Holmes. Most entries begin with a newspaper obituary brought to our attention, or from information sent to us from a friend or family member.

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 In the Media


Canada's DART team needed in Vanuatu
Ottawa Citizen
Vanuatu, one of the poorest countries in the Pacific, was recently in the path of a 300 kilometres per hour "monster," Cyclone Pam. Vanuatu is a small archipelago of islands, located about 2000 kilometres northeast of Brisbane Australia, and about 1000 kilometres west of Fiji. In other words, it is pretty much at the end of the road in any global sense. The island of Tanna, one of Vanuatu's 83 islands, is about 200 kilometres south of the capital, and was at the cataclysmic centre of Pam's fury.
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'Make it happen' is a fitting motto for Army's only currently serving woman combat diver
Canadian Army
Warrant Officer Erica Oliver, who recently became a Member of the Order of Military Merit, is the only currently serving woman combat diver in the Canadian Army. These shining achievements are just two of many for this veteran of two tours in Afghanistan who chose her life's work at the tender age of four years.
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Canada to extend and expand Iraq military mission
Toronto Star
Syria could be in the crosshairs as Canada extends and expands its military mission against Islamic State extremists. Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed recently that his government intends to continue the military campaign that began last fall to beat back advances by the extremists into large parts of Iraq and Syria. Harper said the Conservatives will be seeking parliamentary endorsement to extend the six-month mission, now set to expire shortly.
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Canadian soldiers hone Arctic operational capabilities
Army Technology
Canadian Armed Forces personnel are conducting a military exercise in and around Resolute Bay, NU, with an aim to continue enhancing the army's Arctic operational capabilities Code-named NOREX 2015, the exercise involves nearly 200 soldiers from the Canadian Army Regular and Reserve Force, including 31 Canadian Brigade Group, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, as well as Canadian Rangers.
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Canadian soldiers injured in friendly fire in Iraq recovering
Toronto Sun
The Canadian Forces says three of its soldiers hurt in a friendly fire shooting that killed Sgt. Andrew Doiron are recovering from their injuries. Two Canadian special operations soldiers are recovering in Iraq and a third soldier is in stable condition back in Canada, Capt. Paul Forget, a spokesman for the country's joint operations command, said during a press conference in Ottawa recently to update on Canada's contribution in the fight against ISIS in Iraq.
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Putting names to the faces of Second World War soldiers
Calgary Herald
There are still 600 names without faces in the Canadian war cemetery in Holten, Holland. Calgary nurse Donna Maxwell and her 24-year-old niece Clarice are making it their mission to find as many photos of those remaining soldiers as possible by this spring, when the Netherlands celebrates soldiers of the First Canadian Army who liberated it from the Nazis 70 years ago.
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Army westward bound
Windsor Square
The Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserve are moving more than 70 military vehicles and training equipment approximately 4,000 kilometres from Valcartier, QC, Wainwright, AB, during Exercise Maple Caravan, that began recently. This exercise will include approximately 325 personnel in total. It will finish shortly, and the return trip is planned to commence this summer.
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Planned military museum takes another step forward
St. Catharines Standard
Decades in the making, and possibly with years of work left to go, a planned museum dedicated to the long and storied military history of Niagara took a small step toward reality recently. At Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Foundation and Parks Canada signed a memorandum of understanding to negotiate a lease that will eventually allow the museum to be created.
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'Red Team' exposing Army technology vulnerabilities
U.S. Army
Operations, a few years ago in Afghanistan, were a wake-up call to the Army's force-protection vulnerabilities, said Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology. Two small outposts, Camps Keating and Wanat, were nearly over-run, she said, speaking at a recent National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored Army Science and Technology seminar.
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