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National Executive Committee approves new Directive on providing support to Engineers in need
CMEA
The Support to Engineers in Need Program provides timely support to Engineers in need. That means any Canadian Military Engineer, serving or retired, or an immediate family member of a Canadian Military Engineer who is in distress due to a physical, psychological, or financial situation who requires immediate or extraordinary response, can be helped. Approval is given on a case-by-case basis upon consideration of the merits of the case. Application is normally made through the CMEA Chapter to which the Engineer is attached. The program is primarily, but not exclusively, focused on providing timely yet modest support to Engineers in need. This support is available to all CME Family members, regardless of their membership status with the CMEA. Full details are attached.
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Le comité exécutif national approuve une nouvelle directive sur le soutien aux ingénieurs dans le besoin
AGMC
Le programme de soutien aux ingénieurs dans le besoin vise à offrir un soutien en temps utile aux ingénieurs dans le besoin. Cela veut dire qu'un ingénieur militaire canadien, en service ou retraité, ou un membre de sa famille immédiate qui est en détresse pour des raisons physiques, psychologiques ou financières et qui nécessite une intervention immédiate ou extraordinaire, peut recevoir un aide. Les approbations sont données sur une base de cas par cas en fonction des qualités du dossier. Les demandes sont normalement acheminées au chapitre local de l'AGMC ou l'ingénieur est membre. Le programme vise principalement, mais pas exclusivement, la prestation d'un soutien modeste et en temps utile aux ingénieurs dans le besoin. Ce soutien est accessible à tous les membres de la famille du GMC, peu importe le statut de membre à l'AGMC. Les détails complets sont ci-joints.
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Sapper Kenneth Pratt WWII Veteran awarded French Legion of Honour
CMEA
The Canadian Military Engineers are pleased to advise that the Government of France has awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour to Sapper Kenneth Pratt, a WWII Royal Canadian Engineer veteran and a participant in the Battle of the Liberation of France. Some background on this honour is found here.

           

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The future of the Army Reserves
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Brigadier-General Kelly Woiden, Director General Land Reserve talks about maintaining a sustainable Reserve Force while achieving a work-life balance for reservists. The Canadian Army Reserves are an essential component of the total Army force representing the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in communities across Canada. "The Army Reserves is an integral part of the Army; we're at approximately 19,000 folks depending. We're approximately 48 per cent of the total Army strength," said BGen Woiden, a proud reservist for over 35 years.
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True Patriot Love dinner raises $1.2 million to support military families
True Patriot Love
Calgary's business, political and community leaders came out in force recently to support Canada's military families, raising more than $1.2 million for The True Patriot Love Foundation. The money raised from tonight's Tribute Dinner will support programs in Western Canada that address the Foundation's three areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, and family health and support.
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Support for Evan continues
CMEA
As previously reported in our NewsBrief of May 2, Cpl Kevin Turner of CFB Halifax was presented with cheques from both the Halifax Chapter of the CMEA as well as CMEA National. Cpl Turner is shown receiving the Halifax cheque from Chapter President Captain Maartin Annion, and the CMEA National cheque from BCEO LCol Dave Lauckner and Capt Annion.

     

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Firefighter mission in Haiti during Op HESTIA
CMEA
Captain Bruce Paradis, 14 Wing Greenwood Fire Chief, spoke to the Fire Safety Association of Nova Scotia on Operation HESTIA on April 12. When an earthquake struck off the coast of Haiti in 2010, it devastated a lot of the nation's infrastructure. For the first time ever, the CAF deployed a team of firefighters to conduct Light Urban Search and Rescue operations to recover persons buried in houses/buildings that were reduced to rubble. Captain Paradis shared the challenges and rewards for conducting such an operation, as well as the lessons learned.
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DART accomplishments during Op RENAISSANCE
CMEA
Major Ryan Gregg delivered a presentation April 24 on Operation RENAISSANCE to the members of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of New Brunswick. As part of the Government of Canada's response following the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines in November 2013, the CAF provided assistance by deploying its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). While in the Philippines, Major Gregg was employed as the Task Force engineer; overseeing all engineer support to the humanitarian operation. His presentation provided RUSI members with a first-hand account of the successful operation.
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D-day revisited — virtually! French recreate Normandy landings from the original blueprints
Daily Mail
The D-Day landings have been recreated as a virtual world to allow a new generation to experience the Invasion of Normandy using 3-D displays and virtual reality headsets. French researchers painstakingly scanned and recreated the landing craft, gliders and even the artificial harbour, known as the Mulberry harbour, for the virtual invasion recreation.

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How to house 3500 soldiers, almost double the capacity of last year's Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE
Canadian Army
One of the largest camps ever has been built to house over 3500 soldiers for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2014 (Ex MR 14). The camp consists of over 300 tents, comprised of four sections of modular canvas and has been erected with heat and electricity. The 1 Engineer Support Unit working with Canadian Forces Joint Operation Support Group from Kingston was requested by Canadian Maneuver Training Centre to design and develop the camp facilities for Ex MR 14.

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New name for Chilliwack Armoury honours former Colonel Commandant Roger St. John
CMEA
The official Naming Ceremony for the "Colonel Roger Kenwood St. John, OMM, CD Armoury" took place on April 26, 2014 at the Chilliwack Armoury. Our former Colonel Commandant from January 2008 to September 2009, Colonel St. John, has been honoured for both his outstanding and distinguished Sapper Officer career and for his contributions to the local community.

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Governor General's statement on Canadian Armed Forces Day
Ottawa Citizen
Canadian Armed Forces Day offers us an opportunity to thank the soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen of our military for their service and dedication to Canada. As Canadians, we are fortunate to be able to count on our armed forces throughout the year. Whether deployed domestically in support of relief or rescue efforts or in missions abroad, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces make an invaluable contribution to our shared well-being.
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Cadets hold ceremonial review
The Morinville News
The staff and cadets of 3061 1 Royal Canadian Engineers Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps-Morinville held their 15th Annual Ceremonial Review recently in the curling rink. The Reviewing Officer was Major James Boddy, who was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in 2013 and is currently serving as the Officer Commanding 13 Armoured Squadron. The parade included the Cadet Parade Commander Cadet Warrant Officer Fiessell and Cadet Parade 2IC Cadet Sgt. Brink.
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Finding the soldiers behind the gravestones
Hamilton Spectator
Mike Muntain is a piper on a mission and he's asking Hamiltonians for help. He has the names of 17 young servicemen from the city who died liberating the Netherlands from the Nazis in 1945. He knows the regiments they served with, their rank, the date they died and their age. But that's all he knows.
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Underwater munitions targeted for toxin risk
The Chronicle Herald
It only makes economic sense to start cleaning up the many tonnes of munitions that have been dumped off the Nova Scotia coast, says a local munitions expert. "They are seriously impeding economic development," said Terry Long, a former Canadian military engineer and organizer of the International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions. Old munitions dumped off the province's shoreline are likely leaching toxic chemicals, killing fish and contaminating seafood, Long said.
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Canadian Army to receive Portable Satellite Terminals
Ottawa Citizen
The SWE-DISH CCT120 Suitcase(r) satellite terminal by Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Canadian Army for its Land Forces Portable Satellite Terminal program. The contract calls for Rockwell Collins to provide 30 CCT120s with an option for 20 additional terminals. "The CCT120 is the quickest-to-air terminal in the world, giving the Canadian Army access to advanced satellite technology that can be operated by one person in the field," said Lee Obst, managing director for Rockwell Collins in Canada.
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Employers, military veterans hope 'speed dating' helps find a perfect match
Canadian HR Reporter
Col. Chuck Hamel wasn't looking for love as he moved from table to table every 10 minutes, hoping for the perfect match. After 42 years in the military, the current commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group was looking for a new career to take up once he retires from the Canadian Forces. Employers and military personnel were attending a meet-and-greet in Calgary organized by Canada Company, a charitable, non-partisan organization that serves to connect business and community leaders with the Canadian military.
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The padre-poet who could not leave his son — or his men
Toronto Star
With the Canal du Nord behind him, Canon Frederick Scott was having a friendly competition with an engineer over the quality of each man's respective German binoculars. From the outskirts of Cambrai, the two men looked at peaceful, distant spires of the German-held city. A "tremendous crash" blew earth into their faces and knocked them over.
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