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Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan became the highest-ranked woman in the Combat Arms on June 15, in a ceremony presided over by the Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy, Major-General Eric
The Canadian Army considers Brigadier-General Carignan's promotion exciting, since she was among the first women to enter the Combat Engineer trade after all military occupations were opened to women in 1989 (with
the exception of submarine service which opened to women in 2000).
Le 15 juin, la brigadier-général Jennie Carignan est devenue la femme la plus haut gradée au sein des armes de combat lors d'une cérémonie présidée par le commandant de l'Académie canadienne de la Défense, le major-général Éric Tremblay.
L'Armée canadienne considère la promotion de la brigadier-général Carignan comme étant des plus stimulantes, puisque Jennie Carignan compte parmi les premières femmes à s'être intégrée au groupe professionnel des sapeurs de combat après que tous les groupes professionnels militaires ont été ouverts aux femmes en 1989, exception faite du service à bord des sous-marins (qui a été ouvert aux femmes en 2000).
By Anne Duggan, Army Public Affairs
Now a Brigadier-General, Jennie Carignan's first steps in the Canadian Army (CA) were made with new challenges in mind. Literally.
"My journey in the military started as a young adult looking for something more. I was attending CEGEP in Sherbrooke, QC, in science and I was very much interested in engineering. So, I took it from there," said BGen Carignan, the Canadian Army's first female general in Combat Arms. She went on to attend Royal Military College in Kingston, ON, and studied fuels and materials engineering.
Par Anne Duggan, Affaires publics de l'Armée
Désormais brigadier-général, Jennie Carignan a fait ses premiers pas dans l'Armée canadienne (AC) en ayant en tête de nouveaux défis. Au sens littéral.
« Mon parcours dans le monde militaire a commencé dans ma jeunesse, alors que j'étais en quête de quelque chose de plus grand. J'étudiais en sciences au cégep de Sherbrooke (Québec) et je m'intéressais beaucoup au génie. À partir de ce moment, tout s'est enchaîné », explique le Bgén Carignan, la première femme officier à devenir général des armes de combat de l'Armée canadienne. Elle a fréquenté par la suite le Collège militaire royal, à Kingston (Ontario), où elle a étudié les carburants et le génie des matériaux.
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Medicine Hat News
Live-fire training has resumed at CFB Suffield.
From now until July 15, British Army Training Unit Suffield is engaged in Exercise Prairie Storm 2, the second of four major training exercises planned for 2016. Training will take place intermittently and the public may hear loud noises and some results from of the training may be visible to people near the base.
Canadian Forces members from both the regular and reserve units will compete in the annual British Defence Operational Shooting Competition to be held in Bisley, U.K.
The Canadian Forces combat shooting team is competing in three weapons categories: Service rifle, service pistol and light machine gun, the military says.
Team members were drawn from all four Canadian Army Divisions, as well as from the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Royal Canadian Navy.
Canada and the United States may need to be willing to re-examine the role of the military in their societies as part of the preparations to deal with major natural disasters, says an American military expert.
Prof. Bert Tussing, director of the Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group at the U.S. Army War College, said preparations need to be made to respond to a "catastrophic incident" that would cause large numbers of deaths and injuries and destroy infrastructure over a large geographic area.
His Ojibway name was Binaaswi, translating roughly to "the wind that blows off."
How apposite it is, then, that a hard wind was blowing off the choppy waters of Ontario's Georgian Bay when the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canada's history was finally given an honour befitting the man.
History largely remembers him as Corp. Francis Pegahmagabow — the deadliest sniper and scout of the First World War, credited with 378 kills and 300 captures.
Pembroke Daily Observer
After a two-year command tour that continued to see transformation within the formation, Brig.-Gen. Marc Gagne bid farewell recently to 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4CDSG).
In a change of command ceremony in front of the garrison's headquarters on Menin Road, Brig.-Gen. Gagne handed over 4CDSG to Col. Mark Misener, who assumes responsibility for a formation that provides logistical and institutional support to Ontario's major military bases primarily based out of Petawawa and Toronto.
When two Canadian soldiers and a provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officer were airlifted from the remote and rocky shores of Brunette Island in Fortune Bay recently, it heralded the end of a five-day domestic response exercise involving the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. The final scenario played out as camp was broken after days of wind and rain.
The senior psychiatrist with the Canadian Armed Forces says strides have been made in reducing the stigma of mental illness in the military but some soldiers still suffer in silence.
Col. Rakesh Jetly, who's also mental health adviser to the surgeon general, says one of the positive legacies from Canada's role in Afghanistan could be the military's rethinking of how it deals with mental health issues.
The National Interest
Army acquisition leaders and weapons developers are increasing their thinking about how future enemies might attack — and looking for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in their platforms and technologies earlier in the developmental process, senior service leaders told Scout Warrior.
The idea is to think like an enemy trying to defeat and/or out-maneuver U.S. Army weapons, vehicles, sensors and protective technologies in order to better determine how these systems might be vulnerable when employed.
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