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A collective voice for Canada's veterans
Former CDS Paul Manson makes a case for today's need for a new way for Canada's military veterans to express their needs, concerns, and ambitions. In an editorial piece currently circulating among a number of veterans organizations, Mr. Manson makes a forceful argument for the establishment of a new structure to gather the many and varied veterans organizations under one lead in order to present their concerns in a convincing and forceful, yet constructive, way to seek solutions from the government of the day. He argues that a new structure could provide the basis for a firm yet co-operative dialogue with the government, for the benefit of all Canadian veterans.
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A very intrepid Engineer
The History Channel will air a two-hour film Camp X: Secret Agent School on July 19 at 7 p.m. Camp X was Canada's WW II "spy school" that was established on Dec. 6, 1941 near Whitby, ON by the chief of British Security Coordination, Sir William Stephenson. Many are not aware that his military beginnings were as a Canadian Engineer.

William Stephenson enlisted as a Canadian Engineer in 1914 and saw action early during the First World War as a signaller with the 101st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Sgt Stephenson was badly wounded during a gas attack and, after recuperating, was commissioned into the Imperial Army and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. He served with distinction during the war and was decorated several times for conspicuous gallantry and skill — being awarded the Military Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

During the Second World War, William Stephenson was appointed Director of British Security Co-ordination as well as Prime Minister Churchill's personal representative to President Roosevelt. He was recognized for his services to the Commonwealth during the war years by being knighted in 1945 as well as receiving the United States Presidential Medal for Merit (that country's highest award for a civilian) and the Order of Canada.

A plaque at Whitby, ON at the site of the special-operations training school at "Camp X" honours his contributions to his Second World War as the man code-named “Intrepid.” A plaque in the Point Douglas community of Winnipeg, MB also honours the outstanding lifetime achievements of Sir William Samuel Stephenson.

An article in a recent issue of the Toronto Sun features an extensive look at the movie.

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Canada's 2013 DART mission to the Philippines cost $29 million
CBC News
Canada's 33-day mission to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan last year cost $29.2 million, according to figures released by the chief financial officer for the Department of National Defence. That number represents the additional cost of the mission to the military, including the additional cost to deploy troops, equipment and to provide support and maintenance while they were away.
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No. 2 Construction C.E.F.
National Defence and the Canadian Forces
Erected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, this memorial is dedicated to the members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1987, it was suggested to the Mayor of Pictou that the Market Wharf receive recognition for its role in Canadian history.
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Combat engineers welcome Lt.-Col. Gasparotto
Pembroke Daily Observer
With a resounding shout of their motto "Chimo," the sappers of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment bid farewell to Lt.-Col. Nicholas Pilon recently. After a sudden storm briefly disrupted proceedings, the unit's change of command ceremonies at Neder Rijn Engineer Park concluded with the outgoing commanding officer and his family climbing aboard the light armoured vehicle that had served as his tactical headquarters. Lt.-Col. Pilon then saluted his soldiers as the vehicle drove off.
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West Point memories not just for hockey players
Claire Bramma thinks back to her fourth year at Royal Military College and ponders the question: Exactly why did she seek a spot on the college's team for the military skills competition at Sandhurst. "Craziness," she said. There was, of course, more to it for the woman who had just finished her fourth year as a varsity volleyball player and whose busy timetable still had such academic trifles as a thesis to finish.

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OMM Investiture Ceremony
On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Governor General presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony. Among those invested into the order were the following Military Engineers:

Brigadier-General Karl McQuillan, O.M.M., C.D
Captain Kirk Darch, M.M.M., C.D.
CWO Daryl Foster, MMM, CD
CWO Carl Kletke, M.M.M., C.D

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New Commander for Canadian Forces Intelligence Command
Government of Canada
Major-General Paul Wynnyk assumed the role of Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and Chief of Defence Intelligence recently from Major-General Christian Rousseau. The change of command ceremony was held at the Cartier Drill Hall and was attended by Richard B. Fadden, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

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Earth bags
Think Defence
Earth bag construction (sand and clay) techniques are increasingly seen as a useful alternative to conventional building in low environmental impact projects, and one must wonder if there are applications in expeditionary infrastructure construction, field defences, flood defence, mortar pits and non-equipment bridging projects.
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Keeping hazards at robot arm's length
Defence Research and Development Canada
A team of military responders hunker down behind sand bags, periodically peering over the top to watch a group of vehicles' lights fade into the blackness of night. When the lights disappear entirely from their line of sight, the team's focus quickly shifts back to the operator manning a control station. As if looking through a rear-view mirror they can see on the video display that the vehicle is making its way across the hilly terrain. The distance travelled on the top left-hand corner of the screen shows the vehicle is now three kilometres away.
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British Columbia company to continue providing UAV surveillance for Australian military in Afghanistan
Ottawa Citizen
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates announced recently it had been contracted by Australia to continue MDA's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveillance service for the Australian Defence Force in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan until the end of 2014.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Canadian military personnel medically discharged can expect a 20 per cent drop in income (Ottawa Citizen)
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Military airlift rescues ill cruise ship passenger (Comox Valley Echo)
Galt soldier fought on 'blackest' day of the war (Waterloo Region Record)
Afghanistan memorial arrives in Petawawa (Pembroke Daily Observer)

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