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Branch CWO report to CME Council
CMEA
Twice a year, CWO Kevin Patterson reports to the CME Branch Council. His report from April is attached, in which he comments on the correct use of the Engineer colours, the Book of Remembrance, and some observations about the use and misuse of RCE and comments on Depart with Dignity ceremonies.
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Construction of new Single Quarters at 19 Wing Comox
CMEA
Finalization of the Single Quarters Project is underway at 19 Wing Comox. Construction commenced in early January 2014, both on-site and off-site, at a local factory in Cumberland, B.C. These eight modular units were fabricated indoors to ensure high product quality and control.
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Construction de nouveaux logements pour célibataires à la 19e Escadre Comox
AGMC
La réalisation du projet de logements pour célibataires va bon train à la 19e Escadre Comox. La construction a commencé au début de janvier 2014, sur place et à l'extérieur, dans une usine locale à Cumberland, en Colombie-Britannique. Ces huit unités modulaires ont été fabriquées à l'intérieur pour assurer un niveau de qualité et de contrôle élevé.
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Well-fed, well-trained
Canadian Army
The largest field kitchen ever built for a Canadian Army exercise was completed by 1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU) for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, AB, on May 1, 2014. "This is the biggest kitchen built to feed over 3100 troops," said Leading Seamen (LS) Juston McCance a cook assigned to the Second Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR) from 5 CDSB Gagetown. "The basic set-up for this type of trailer includes three feeding lines this will help with the mass amounts of troops we will be required to support during MAPLE RESOLVE."
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Sgt Dale Kurdziel presented with his Medal of Bravery
CMEA
On April 24, 2014, Sgt Dale Kurdziel, a Combat Engineer from 4 Engineer Support Regiment in Gagetown, NB, was presented with his Medal of Bravery medal by the Governor General. The award recognizes Cpl (at the time) Kurtziel's bravery while defusing an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010.
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Le Sgt Dale Kurdziel reçoit la médaille de la bravoure
AGMC
Le 24 avril 2014, le gouverneur général a remis la Médaille de la bravoure au Sgt Dale Kurdziel, un sapeur de combat du 4e Régiment d'appui du génie à Gagetown, au Nouveau-Brunswick. Cette décoration reconnaît la bravoure du Cpl (à ce moment) Kurdziel alors qu'il désamorçait un dispositif explosif de circonstance en Afghanistan en 2010.
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Geomatics Survey Camp
e-Veritas
The Civil Engineering Class of 2015 visited the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE) in Ottawa, in order to learn about the different capabilities offered to members of the CAF in terms of mapping technology. The trip provided the class a chance to learn more about geomatics and its usefulness in conducting missions anywhere in the world.

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CMEA President's bi-annual report
CMEA
Colonel John Lesperance (Ret'd), the President of the CMEA, has the privilege to sit at the bi-annual meetings of the CME Branch Council. In preparation for the recent April meeting of Branch Council, John prepared a report on CMEA activities since the previous Council meeting. You can read his report at our newly upgraded website.

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New recipients — CME Branch Commendations
CMEA
In recognition of the tireless work of the Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society to preserve the history and heritage of the former Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack and the Canadian Military Engineers.

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Video: Engineer stories as told by those who were there
National Capital Region Chapter via YouTube
The National Capital Region Chapter of the Association has been hosting Engineer History nights over the past few months. The link below will take you to YouTube videos of talks by experts on subjects such as the Sapper Apprentice Program as told by CWO Gerry Duguid (Retired), 23 Field Squadron in Kandahar as told by LCol Mark Gasparotto, and the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum as told by LCol Dave Noble (Retired). You can also learn about OP Render Safe, OP CESAR, OP Winisk, and survey operations in Papua New Guinea.
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Combat Engineer 'soldiers on' to gold
The Post Gazette
Capt. Blaise Lapointe of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering had his game face on when he competed in the Warrior Pentathlon at the U.S. Marine Corps Paralympic style trials in early March. His many winnings included three Gold medals for cycling, shot put and the 100m; Silver for the 4x100m relay; Bronze for shooting; and the coveted Ultimate Champion Award.
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Oshkosh Defense equips M-ATV for unmanned route-clearance missions
Market Watch
Oshkosh Defense has integrated its TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology onto an Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle to demonstrate capabilities for route-clearance missions. TerraMax UGV technology has the potential to reduce troops' exposure to threats, such as improvised explosive devices in route-clearance missions, as well as optimize the number of troops needed for such operations.
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Prince Charles gives soldiers business 'wings' for life after military
CBC News
If things go according to plan, naval Lt. Scott Harrigan will meet Prince Charles for the third time, as he escorts the heir to the throne around the Military Family Resource Centre in Halifax. For Harrigan, it's an honour of course, but it is also a chance to show how grateful he is for the way Charles has, indirectly, been helping him move toward a new life after his military service ends.
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Retired RCAF pilot helps keep Canada's military history alive
Lethbridge Herald
Canadian military history often doesn't get the kind of attention it deserves. Calgary's John Melbourne, Honorary Colonel of 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake, knows that all too well. That's why the Royal Canadian Air Force veteran was in Lethbridge recently speaking with the Lethbridge United Services Institute.
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Halifax unveils new harbour ferry dedicated to fallen soldier
Global News
The newest ferry in Metro Transit's Halifax-to-Dartmouth fleet was unveiled recently as the family of its namesake watched on with pride. The vessel bears the name Christopher Stannix, a the 24-year-old Princess Louise's Fusiliers soldier who was killed by a road-side bomb in Afghanistan in 2007. "From the bottom of our hearts, thank you," Stannix's father Ken told the crowd outside the Halifax Ferry Terminal.
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Meditation helps military personnel fight stress
Vancouver Desi
Mindfulness training — a combination of meditation and body awareness exercises — can help soldiers prepare for and recover from stressful combat situations, a study showed. Incorporating meditative practices into pre-deployment training might be a way to help military personnel reduce rates of stress-related health conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, the study suggested.
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Like something out of sci-fi, special operations forces could be outfitted with Iron Man armour
MySask.com
In the 2008 movie Iron Man, the main character becomes a superhero after building a suit of armour with an exoskeleton that gives him incredible strength. Today, elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.
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Engineers tackle sustainable construction with new report
Journal of Commerce
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies — Canada has released a report that it hopes will guide consulting engineers and owners in creating sustainable projects. Sustainable Development for Canadian Consulting Engineers by Dr. John Boyd, an internationally recognized authority on sustainability, identifies practices and tools developed by the global engineering community to help tackle the issue of sustainability.
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