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Engineers lead the way at CAF Running Nationals
CMEA
The CAF National sports program holds their annual running championships in conjunction with the Ottawa Race Weekend, which takes place in the National Capital Region. This year's CAF Running Nationals took place from May 24-25 and approximately 100 CAF runners descended upon the nation's capital to compete in the 5km, 10km, half-marathon, or marathon races. Because the national championships are held concurrent to the Ottawa Race Weekend, CAF athletes have the opportunity to race against other high level athletes, feeding off the competition.
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Les ingénieurs en tête de peloton au championnat national de course des FAC
AGMC
Le programme national de sports des FAC tient chaque année son championnat de course en même temps que la fin de semaine des courses Ottawa, dans la région de la capitale nationale. Le Championnat national de cette année a eu lieu les 24 et 25 mai. Quelque 100 coureurs des FAC ont convergé vers la région de la capitale nationale pour faire compétition dans la course de cinq km, la course de 10 km, le demi-marathon ou le marathon. Étant donné que le Championnat a eu lieu en même temps que la fin de semaine des courses Ottawa, les athlètes ont eu l'occasion de se mesurer à d'autres athlètes de haut calibre et de tirer parti de la compétitivité.
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Canadian Military Engineers — Change of Appointment — Branch Advisor
CMEA
Under the authority of the Chief of Military Personnel, Col Kevin G. Horgan, CD, was appointed the new Branch Advisor for Canadian Military Engineers. On June 11, 2014, he assumed his new responsibility during the Change of Appointment ceremony presided over by the CAF Chief Military Engineer, MGen C.T. Whitecross, OMM, CD.
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Génie militaire Canadien — Passation des fonctions — Conseiller de la Branche
AGMC
Le 11 juin 2014, sous l'autorisation du Chef du personnel militaire, le Col Kevin G. Horgan, CD, a été nommé le nouveau Conseiller de la Branche du Génie militaire canadien. Il a assumé cette nouvelle responsabilité lors de la cérémonie de passation des fonctions du Conseiller de la Branche du GMC présidé par l'Ingénieur militaire en chef des FAC, la Mgén C.T. Whitecross, OMM, CD.
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CMEA website progress
CMEA
Our new website development project is almost complete. A number of Chapters have started to use their own Chapter Page for disseminating news and events. Look at the Ottawa Chapter for an example of what can be done. In the very near future, members will be able to pay their annual dues online using PayPal. New members will also be able to sign up online.

This week, we have been able to add the "This Day in History" feature, as well as a listing by title and date of all Chimo! Communiqués and Branch Newsletters as far back as 2001. We are continuing to build our archive and will soon have everything back to 2000. All older Chimos are viewable and downloadable in pdf format and we are working on converting our archive into HTML to make searching easier.

We invite you to examine the site and pass your comments to the Webmaster at cmeadircomm@telus.net.

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Keith 'Stoney' Stobert
CMEA
Mr. Keith "Stoney" Stobert has been working for the engineer family for 14 years. He is extremely well-known throughout the Combat Engineer trade. On June 17, 2014, Mr. Stobert was presented the Commander Canadian Army Commendation from Brigadier General Juneau, 3rd Div Commander. The presentation states as follows:

The Commander Canadian Army Commendation is presented to

Mr. K. Stobert

In recognition of the outstanding professionalism and exemplary service Mr. Stobert demonstrated as 1 Engineer Equipment Troop Stores Manager in Wainwright since 1998. Thanks to his expert knowledge and outstanding management skills of Combat Engineer equipment capabilities, he ensured that Engineer resources were ready for any task or emergency at home or abroad. Mr Stobert's tireless efforts and dedication to support the troops have had a tangible impact on the Canadian Army and its ability to effectively train soldiers for international deployments and domestic operations. In so doing, Mr. Stobert has brought great credit to himself and the Canadian Army.

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Windsor reservist to join Ceremonial Guard
Windsor Star
The faces of the Canadian Armed Forces take to the heart of Ottawa every summer, clad in crimson uniforms and bearskin headdresses and ready to represent the nation's military atop Parliament Hill. The Ceremonial Guard, known as the country's most recognizable military unit, will begin performing the longstanding changing of the guard tradition shortly. And this year, Windsor's 19-year-old Alex Dinnendahl will be donning the distinctive uniform for his very first guard mount.

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RCAF wins engineering award for environmental excellence
Royal Canadian Air Force
A team of Royal Canadian Air Force engineers based at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg and personnel from Stantec Consulting have won an award for environmental excellence for their work at Canadian Forces Station Alert, on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut.

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Packed up and brought home: Repatriating material from Afghanistan
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
The final soldiers deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation ATTENTION returned to Canada on March 18, 2014, but what about the materials that they used while they were there? The sheer magnitude of logistical planning that went into the transportation of materials to and from Afghanistan during the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military mission in Afghanistan over the past 12 years is astounding.

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Operation Keepsake commemorating Afghanistan
Warrant Officer Ed Storey, CD
The deaths of 158 Canadian Forces members, one diplomat, a reporter and a defence contractor, as well as the unreported injuries of several hundred soldiers, have become the benchmark against which many will measure Canada's involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Canadians have always been proud of and interested in their military and military history, although, like an old friend or an established marriage, the relationship had for many years been taken for granted.
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RCMP Pattern 'Izzy Dolls'
RCMP
This little Canadian icon helps make the world a better place — in memory of Canadian Military Engineer MCpl Mark Isfeld who was killed on a peacekeeping mission 20 years ago. It was his idea to provide simple dolls to children who were innocently caught up in war-torn areas of the world. During his first mission to Croatia, Mark had noticed a child's doll lying on a pile of rubble from a bombed house and thought of the need to re-connect a child with the joy that can come from a doll. His mother crocheted the dolls in Canada and Mark then distributed them when he was with the local population. Mark was with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Croatia on his third peacekeeping mission as a landmine-clearing specialist when he was killed in a mine detonation on 21 June 1994. After his death, his unit gave the name "Izzy" to this little doll and continued to distribute them. Izzy Dolls have since brought comfort to over 1.3 million children worldwide who were suffering because of war or natural disasters.

These RCMP "Izzy Dolls" are on their way to the Codiac RCMP Detachment in Moncton, NB where they will be given to the mothers, wives and children of the three slain RCMP officers and to the two officers who were wounded. Shirley O'Connell, the "Izzy Doll Mama" in Perth, ON and her volunteer helpers recently made these dolls. This was just after having made 20 "Soldier" Izzy Dolls for the CF soldiers of the "Soldier-On Relay" who were wounded in Afghanistan and were passing through Perth on their to Ottawa. Some of these soldiers had had the opportunity to distribute Izzy Dolls to the children in Afghanistan and Haiti. One soldier said that she had been given an Izzy Doll when she was wounded and that it had brought her much comfort.

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Canadian soldiers will conduct amphibious exercises from French warship
Ottawa Citizen
Approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Valcartier, QC will take part in Exercise LION MISTRAL alongside members of the French Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, in Gaspé, QC, according to a news release from the DND.
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Ottawa spends more on military history amid criticism over veteran support
The Globe and Mail
The federal government has earmarked more than $83 million over the remainder of this decade to commemorate Canada's military history and the exploits of its soldiers at a time when Ottawa is under fire for the level of support it offers living veterans. The commemorative budget includes roughly $32 million for the Department of National Defence over seven years and nearly $50 million over three years at the Departments of Veterans Affairs for public education, ceremonies, events and remembrance partnerships, according to figures compiled by The Globe and Mail.
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$100 billion defence spending plan laid out for industry
Huffington Post
The Conservative government is proposing more than $100 billion in defence spending on a series of projects that would see the Department of National Defence get new fighter jets, rescue planes, helicopters, drones, ships, satellites, uniforms and even rifles. The Defence Acquisition Guide is a list of more than 200 separate procurement projects the military hopes to undertake in the next 20 years.
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One Parry Sound man's welcome to the Western Front
ParrySound.com
With the clock ticking down on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, prepare to be bombarded by media coverage of this watershed moment in history. In order not to have my voice lost in the din, I am firing off a preliminary volley. Historians have pinpointed the first shots of "The Great War" as having been fired in central Europe on July 28, 1914. Two weeks later, Parry Sound was on the march, as noted by local diarist Duncan Fraser Macdonald.
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Cassidian outfits Canadian Army Leopard 2 tanks with new sensors
Ottawa Citizen
Cassidian Optronics, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, has been awarded contracts for the modernization of more than 100 Leopard 2 main battle tanks in Germany, Canada and Denmark, according to a company news release. The contract to equip the gunner and commander sights with modern sensors is worth over $15 million.
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French naval ships in Halifax let Canada do some window shopping
The Chronicle Herald
The arrival of two French naval ships in Halifax Harbour for joint exercises gives France a chance to showcase just what their equipment can do, as Canada continues to search for designs for its new combat vessels. "There's billions at stake here," says Dalhousie University political science professor Ken Hansen, a retired navy commander who has written extensively on Canada's military.
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Cambridge soldiers honour veterans of Buron
Waterloo Region Record
Time is taking our warriors. But the memory of their bloodiest battle lives on. Seventy soldiers died in 1944, dislodging the Nazi enemy from the French village of Buron. It was a baptism of fire for the local Highland Light Infantry. The Royal Highland Fusiliers paid tribute recently, inviting four Second World War veterans to a special dinner at the Cambridge, ON armoury.
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