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Originally printed in Journal de la BFC de Bagotville, Le Vortex, Sept. 2016, Volume 11, Number 9
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver was asked to provide a display booth representing Canada during the international reception at the end of Exercise Rim of the Pacific on Aug. 4, 2016.
The Air Task Force (ATF), deployed by 2 Wing to support air operations, was approached to lend a hand to HMCS Vancouver. ATF Construction Engineering Services, always on the lookout for new projects, developed the idea of creating the Canadian booth.
Article du journal de la BFC de Bagotville, Le Vortex, Sept. 2016, Volume 11, Numéro 9
Le Navire canadien de Sa Majesté (NCSM) Vancouver devait fournir un présentoir pour représenter le Canada durant la réception internationale de clôture de l'exercice Rim of the Pacific le 4 août 2016.
La Force opérationnelle aérienne (FOA), déployée par la 2e Escadre (Ere) pour supporter les opérations aériennes, a été approchée pour donner un coup de main au NCSM Vancouver. Les services du Génie de construction de la FOA, toujours à l'affût de nouveaux projets, ont élaboré l'idée de créer le présentoir canadien.
During Ex STALWART GUARDIAN 16, Construction Troop deployed to the field with the intent to
practice and confirm their general engineer support skills
as part of the road to high readiness. Our mission
to set up several modules of the Relocatable Temporary Camp (RTC), operate
provide support to 2 CMBG and 4 Can Div
members. The RTC was procured
in 1999 and is designed to
provide accommodations, power, cooling, kitchen
facilities, ablutions, fuel, water, waste disposal, laundry
support via modules (mods) fitting in standard 20' ISO containers
Pendant Ex STELWART GUARDIAN 16, la troupe de construction s'est déployée sur le terrain avec
l'intention de pratiquer et de confirmer leurs compétences générales de soutien du génie dans le cadre du
processus menant à une disponibilité opérationnelle de niveau élevé. La mission
était d'installer plusieurs
modules du camp temporaire démontable
d'opérer, maintenir et appuyer
les membres de la 2e
Div Can. Le CTD a été procuré en 1999 et est conçu pour appuyer les troupes avec des modules (mods) du
format 20' ISO conteneur tel que
: accommodations, pouvoir, réfrigération, cuisine, ablutions, carburant, eau,
traitement des déchets et lessive.
Since 1997, the Government of Canada has engaged in a process to replace its tactical fighter fleet of 122 CF-18 Hornets, which were acquired in the 1980s. Much of that history has been intertwined with a single aircraft: Lockheed Martin's F-35. The public discourse has largely been dominated by criticism of the selection process, as well as the aircraft's capabilities, cost, and attendant industrial benefits.
Inside of government, a very different view emerged. The federal bureaucracy, initially led by the Department of National Defence worked to undertake a proper evaluation of the CF-18 replacement program.
For the past month, soldiers in CADPAT and hard hats from 1 Combat Engineering Regiment (1 CER) have been working at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield, on one of their first-ever large scale projects: A new office bulding for the Canadian Forces Housing Agency in the Crown Village of Ralston. Master Corporal Michael Prieto, the project's Officer of Primary Interest, hopes that a successful build will show decision makers in his regiment that 1 CER can handle large projects like buildings or houses.
Canada's most senior female military officer, Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, has been named commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome.
Whitecross, who is chief of military personnel for the approximately 60,000 Canadian men and women in uniform, has for the past year been spearheading a high-level investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. Operation Honour was initiated after a damning report by former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps on allegations of sexual misbehaviour in the Forces.
St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News
Before there was officially a Canada, the Elgin Regiment was there to defend it.
The Elgin Regiment was created as the 25th Elgin Battalion of Infantry on Sept. 14, 1866, subsequently becoming the current 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins), which claims the distinction of being the nation's last surviving county regiment.
Len Curchin is part of that tradition.
Having joined in February 1968 — serving in the army for 20 years, much of it with the Elgin Regiment — Curchin has also co-written a pair of regimental histories, including most recently, The Elgins: From Armour to Engineers 1977-2016.
Globe and Mail
For long stretches during her childhood, Kayla Wiens would go without seeing her dad. He was a cook in the military, deploying on sea tours and to war-battered Bosnia, Croatia and the Persian Gulf.
Over time, the father of three started having trouble with his mental health. He'd get worked up over silly things, lose his temper and then shut down. After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2015 — a year after he was on a warship when its engine room erupted in fire — Dwight Wiens was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. But he had to battle to get the help he needed.
St. Albert Gazette
The man who won the grueling Mountain Man race showed he still had something left by dropping to the ground to complete 22 pushups after crossing the finish line.
Capt. Eric Henderson, based in Shilo, MB, won for the second year in a row recently in Edmonton. He finished the event in 4:54:35. The annual race pushes soldiers from across Canada to reach their physical and mental limits and contains elements unique to military races, such as competing with a weighted military rucksack and a leg of the race dedicated to portage.
8 Wing will be the site of an explosive exercise this month.
Exercise Ardent Defender 2016 (AD 16) runs until Sept. 30.
Exercise AD 16 is an annual explosive ordnance disposal/improvised explosive devise disposal (EOD/IEDD) exercise that tests the skills of EOD/IEDD operators and strengthens the interoperability with allies and civilian law enforcement and security agency teams.
The "veterans" have already been deployed at first light at 6:00 a.m. on their deadly mission, while their playful "juniors" are still under training back in the camp of the Army's Sri Lanka Engineers at Boo Oya, Vavuniya.
Having seen the veterans at work earlier in the day in areas marked with the skull and cross bones screaming danger on a large tract of land in Mahamailankulam, the Sunday Times is later privy to the training in progress at the camp.
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