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The Canadian Military Engineers (CME) Birthday
The CME was not simply created, it has evolved over the last century, and the CME birthday reflects two significant events. The Engineers existed in the form of militia even prior to Confederation, however, July 1, 1903, when the Regular component of the corps was authorized under the designation Canadian Engineer Corps, is considered the birth date of the CME. The birthday is not celebrated on this date, but is celebrated on or about April 29th, recognizing April 29, 1936 when the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers was approved and the Permanent and Non-Permanent Engineers were united under one badge. The birthday is celebrated in a number of different ways, including unit mess dinners, weekend reunions and sporting competitions.

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L'Anniversaire du Génie Militaire Canadien (GMC)
Le GMC n'a pas tout simplement été créé; il a évolué au fil du siècle dernier. Le génie existait sous la forme d'une milice avant même la Confédération, mais on considère que la date de naissance du GMC est le 1er juillet 1903 car c'est à partir de ce jour que l'élément régulier du corps a pu être désigné sous le nom de Corps Royal du Génie canadien. L'anniversaire n'est cependant pas célébré le 1er juillet, mais plutôt aux environs du 29 avril ou autour de cette date afin de souligner l'approbation du Corps Royal du Génie canadien et l'unification du génie permanent et non permanent sous un même insigne le 29 avril 1936. L'anniversaire reflète donc deux événements de grande importance. Il est célébré de différentes façons, notamment par des dîners régimentaires d'unité, des réunions de fin de semaine et des compétitions sportives.

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Exercise Worthy Sapper — reserve training on Cultus Lake, B.C.
Canadian Army
Napoleon had more than 100 maxims of war. His first was that mountains and rivers often serve as effective barriers, and a good many of the remainder centre on how and when to cross them. Others stress the importance of knowing what lies on the other side, especially when it comes to determining an enemy's intentions. Two hundred-year-old advice, but the importance of mobility and information gathering was front and centre during a recent joint exercise by British Columbian combat engineer and armoured reconnaissance reservists in the mountains south of Chilliwack.
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The Leadership Spotlight is shining a light on Jaime Pitfield
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
The Leadership Spotlight is shining a light on Jaime Pitfield, Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment). Mr. Pitfield provides a glimpse into the world of infrastructure and environment and the broad spectrum it encompasses. ADM(IE) is embarking on an exciting time where many new changes are being implemented.
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Comox base firefighters quickly join DART force
Times Colonist
Seven Comox air force base firefighters with disaster training had just hours to gather their gear and deploy recently as part of Canada's response to the earthquake in Nepal. The Royal Canadian Air Force firefighters from 19 Wing Comox and the firefighting team from Trenton, ON, are being deployed as part of a Disaster Assistance Response Team, also known as DART, one component of Canada's response to natural disasters abroad.
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Afghan vet Jonathan Vance picked to lead Canadian Armed Forces
Toronto Star
As a major, Jonathan Vance won praise for leading a relief team of soldiers along a lane cleared through a minefield, sandwiched between "armed belligerent" forces in Croatia in 1994. Just over two decades later, Vance, 51, has been tapped to navigate another minefield, one of funding headaches, troubled military procurement and a war being waged against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.
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Large-scale military training exercise underway in Alberta — Canadian, U.S. and British personnel involved
Ottawa Citizen
Approximately 6,750 military personnel from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States and the United Kingdom are taking part in the largest Canadian Army exercise of the year at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre at Wainwright, AB, the Canadian military announced. This year's training is the largest and most complex Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE to date.
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500-pound WWII bomb safely detonated after being found on college campus
CTV News
The ground shook near a New Jersey military base as an explosives team detonated a 500-pound World War II-era bomb that had been found on the campus of a community college.

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Chimo! CMEA Last Post entries
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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Real training, real savings
In January of 2014, 1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU) was approached by the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) with requests to design and oversee the construction of office and storage buildings at Garrison Petawawa.

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Recent military exercise held in Northumberland
Northumberland Today
It may not have been completely visible at the time, but Northumberland County played a vital role in a recent military exercise. Major Steve Hawken, who is Senior Public Affairs Officer with Canadian Special Operation Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), said the exercise was titled Vital Archer 15 which occurred at various locations across Ontario, including the Cobourg and Port Hope areas, as well as around Canadian Forces Base Trenton.
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Mine counter-measures, survey and explosive ordnance disposal in port clearance and amphibious operations — part 2
Think Defence
Whether the objective is to clear mines for safe passage of ships off-shore or in support of a port opening or amphibious operation, the equipment used is likely to be the same. Minefield breaching on land seeks to reduce the risk of mines and IEDs to an acceptable level of risk. That acceptable level of risk is determined by the requirement for rapid maneuver and the protection levels afforded by equipment moving through the breach.
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Cadets participate in Leadership/Bush Weekend
Castlegar Source
Cadets from the West Kootenay Air Cadet Squadrons participated in a Leadership/Bush Weekend recently. The exercise was conducted on land operated by the 44th Field Engineer Squadron near Trail. Approximately 60 cadets, and seven Officers from squadrons in Grand Forks, Nelson, Castlegar and Trail were at the exercise. During the weekend the cadets did work on field craft, search and rescue, leadership and survival.
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Whither those LAV war monuments?
London Free Press
Military red tape has achieved what many terror insurgents could not — stopped London-made armoured vehicles. A program using light-armoured vehicles (LAVs), like the one at right, as monuments to Canadian veterans of the conflict in Afghanistan had them rolling into communities across Canada this spring — much like the Holy Roller tank in London's Victoria Park. But none has been delivered and it's not known when the first will be.
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Watch DARPA's high-tech, self-guided smart bullets take out a moving target
We'd heard DARPA was developing a smart bullet awhile back, and it seems like they've finally figured out how to make a self-guided gun that can basically track you down anywhere. Yay? Dubbed the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, the DARPA project was tasked with creating a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots. A new round of testing was completed this past winter, and officials say it was the "most successful round of live-fire tests to date."
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Formula One technology adapted for armoured vehicles
BAE Systems has adapted Formula One race car technology for tracked CV90 armoured vehicles, increasing their speed and stability. The technology, called Active Damping, is an upgrade for CV90s and the results are the breaking of speed records in rough terrain by the armored vehicles and a 40 per cent reduction of vehicle pitch acceleration.
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Federal budget: Despite annual funding boost, defence faces uncertain times (Ottawa Citizen)
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