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New CMEA Chapter builds PSP Fitness Station 4 Wing Cold Lake
By: Capt. Tony Walsworth
CMEA's Cold Lake Chapter has just stood up this year, hoping to bring back the charitable and communal support that Engineers can provide to 4 Wing Cold Lake. As part our initiative to stand up the chapter, we asked our members, "What do you want out of your CMEA Chapter?" The overwhelming response was to get involved with the community and see what we could do to benefit those around us. With this in mind, we began scouring the community for projects and ideas on what to do.
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Le nouveau chapitre de l'AGMC bâtit une station de conditionnement physique du PSP à la 4e Escadre Cold Lake
Par le Capt Tony Walsworth
Le chapitre Cold Lake de l'AGMC a été mis sur pied cette année avec l'espoir de ramener l'esprit de charité et de soutien communautaire que les ingénieurs peuvent apporter à la 4e Escadre Cold Lake. Dans le cadre de notre initiative pour mettre sur pied le chapitre, nous avons demandé à nos membres ce qu'ils « aimeraient obtenir de leur chapitre de l'AGMC ». La réponse la plus populaire a été de s'impliquer dans la communauté et de voir ce qu'ils peuvent faire pour aider les autres. Gardant cette réponse en tête, nous avons commencé à parcourir la communauté la recherche de projets et d'idées à réaliser.
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2 CER supports Camp Maple Leaf
CMEA
On September 14, 2014, members from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment set out to build a 44.7-meter Medium Raft and subsequently conduct ferry operations across Gannons Narrow in support of Camp Maple Leaf. Located on an island approximately 25 kilometres northeast of Peterborough, ON, Camp Maple Leaf is a summer camp for youth aged 8-14 whose goal is to build self-confidence as well as problem solving and leadership skills in a positive environment.
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Le 2 RGC appuie le camp Maple Leaf
AGMC
Le 14 septembre 2014, des membres du 2e Régiment du génie de combat ont construit un radeau moyen de 44,7 m et ont par la suite mené des opérations de traversier dans le passage Gannons, en soutien au camp Maple Leaf. Situé sur une île à 25 km au nord-est de Peterborough (Ontario), le camp Maple Leaf est un camp d'été pour des jeunes âgés de 8 à 14 ans qui vise à améliorer la confiance en soi ainsi que la résolution de problème et le leadership dans un environnement positif.
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Afghanistan: A Canadian Story 2001-2014 as told by men and women who served
By 6560 Colonel (Ret'd) Andrew Nellestyn and Lt (N) (Ret'd) Melanie Graham
Afghanistan: A Canadian Story 2001-2014 is a Canadian Afghan mission legacy album to be published in coffee table book format. It offers readers a chronological compilation of the personal stories and photos of some 150 men and women who served in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014. The anecdotes include accounts from members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, Corrections Canada and the many civilians who participated in the mission in their capacity as Canada whole-of-government contributors.
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Afghanistan — Une histoire canadienne 2001 à 2014 racontée par les hommes et les femmes qui ont servi dans ce pays
Rédigé par le 6560 colonel (à la retraite) Andrew Nellestyn et le Ltv (à la retraite) Melanie Graham
Afghanistan: A Canadian Story 2001-2014 (Afghanistan — Une histoire canadienne, 2001-2014) est un album de souvenirs de la mission canadienne en Afghanistan qui sera publié en format de livre de chevet. Il permet aux lecteurs de voir une compilation chronologique d'histoires et de photos personnelles d'environ 150 hommes et femmes qui ont servi en Afghanistan de 2001 à 2014. Les anecdotes comprennent des témoignages des membres des Forces armées canadiennes, de la GRC, des Services correctionnels du Canada et des nombreuses personnes civiles qui ont participé à la mission à titre de contributeurs canadiens pangouvernementaux.
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Chief Warrant Officer John Mitges, MMM, CD (Ret'd) WWII Veteran awarded French Legion of Honour
CMEA
The Canadian Military Engineers are pleased to advise that the Government of France has announced the awarding of the Rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour to Chief Warrant Officer John Mitges, MMM, CD (Ret'd), a WWII Royal Canadian Engineer veteran and a participant in the Battle of the Liberation of France who also went on to serve a full post-war career. Some background on this honour is found here.
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L'adjudant-chef John Mitges, MMM, CD (à la retraite), ancien combattant de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, reçoit la Légion d'honneur française
AGMC
Le Génie militaire canadien a le plaisir d'annoncer que le gouvernement de la France a décidé de remettre le grade de Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur à l'adjudant-chef John Mitges, MMM, CD (à la retraite). Membre du Génie royal canadien et ancien combattant de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, il a participé à la bataille pour la libération de la France et a aussi eu une longue carrière après la guerre. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur cet honneur: ici.
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Oilers players bond over military tanks, exercises at CFB Wainwright
Edmonton Sun
Dallas Eakins is a proponent of the Canadian military. So when concocting a team-building activity for his club, the Edmonton Oilers head coach turned to the most cohesive, disciplined and efficient outfit he could think of. "The greatest team is the military," Eakins said, following practice recently.

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Here are the details on the RCAF's new uniforms and ranks
Ottawa Citizen
Here are the details on the RCAF's new uniforms and ranks as outlined in the air force's news release: The Royal Canadian Air Force's new uniform respects the contributions and sacrifices of airmen and airwomen who served — and continue to serve — with pride and professionalism.

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Did you play hockey for 3 Field Squadron, RCE?
CMEA
The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame has chosen the 1968, 3 Field Sqn hockey team as one of its two inductees for 2014. One of the career highlights for this team was winning the first ever Canadian Armed Forces National hockey championship in 1968. There are only a few of the original team members still alive and living in Chilliwack.

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T-33 Crash Site Memorial Construction — 192 CEF Aldergrove
CMEA
As skiers and snowboarders make their way down the T-33 ski run on Cypress Mountain, the majority are unaware of what lies in the treeline just a few feet away. It is the site of a crashed T-33 Canadian Naval training jet, its large debris field still left untouched for over 50 years. In 1963 two Canadian naval pilots, Lt. Norman Ogden and Lt. Donald Clark, lost their lives when their training jet crashed into the side of Mount Strachan, part of the present day Cypress Provincial Park. To this day, the only explanation for the wreckage strewn about the woods is a simple stamped placard measuring 3" by 5" nailed to a tree.
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Construction du monument commémoratif pour l'écrasement d'un T33 — 192 Ere GC Aldergrove
AGMC
La majorité des skieurs et des planchistes qui descendent la piste de ski T-33, sur le mont Cypress, ne savent pas ce qui se trouve sous les arbres à quelques pieds d'eux. En effet, il s'agit du site de l'écrasement d'un avion d'entraînement maritime canadien T33, et sa vaste zone de débris n'avait pas été dérangée depuis plus de 50 ans. En 1963, deux pilotes maritimes canadiens, les lieutenants Norman Ogden et Donald Clark, ont perdu la vie quand leur avion d'entraînement s'est écrasé contre le mont Strachan, qui fait partie du parc provincial Cypress actuel. Même à ce jour, la seule explication pour les débris dispersés dans les bois était une simple pancarte de 3 pouces par 5 pouces fixée à un arbre.
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Improvised Explosive Device solutions exchanged at Exercise RAPID TRIDENT
Canadian Army
Exercise RAPID TRIDENT is a series of annual military exercises named after the state symbol of independent Ukraine, and has traditionally been held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine since 2006. Exercise RAPID TRIDENT evolved from Exercise PEACE SHIELD, which was first conducted in 1998 and has been conducted 12 times since.

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Canadian Army readily equipped with Counter-IED Capabilities
Canadian Army
In any given month, there are nearly 1,200 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incidents occurring around the globe. These events effected 123 countries and resulted in over 40,000 casualties in 2013. Bombs can be constructed with knowledge acquired on the internet and from dual-use components that are cheap and readily available from local stores.
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Canada stands at the start of another Middle East war
Cape Breton Post
So, having avoided the U.S.-led war in Iraq from 2003-2013, Canada now finds itself going to war in Iraq and likely Syria to combat ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird have argued in recent days, ISIS is a vile and brutal terrorist organization promoting a barbaric, medieval version of Islamic extremism.
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Feds right a wrong for Canada's veterans
Toronto Sun
These military veterans proved they still have major fire-power. And they can claim victory in this war. Not only did the Harper government accept all 14 recommendations they offered for change to the veterans charter, they also committed to making sure all changes are implemented quickly. "We were listening," acknowledged Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino in an interview recently, after he tabled the extensive changes in Parliament.
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DND chasing 4,200 military personnel to recover payments
Ottawa Citizen
I recently had an article about the Department of National Defence trying to recover more than $1 million paid to some 4,200 military personnel for various allowances they were not entitled. More than a year after the problem was discovered, the department has yet to figure out how to collect the money. That article sparked some email to Defence Watch; some military readers said those in uniform should be able to keep the money since they did not make the mistake in overpayment.
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B.C. university tries to solve mystery of WWI artist soldier with initials J.M.
Brandon Sun
The University of Victoria is trying to unravel a mystery about an unknown First World War soldier whose sketches from the front lines depict the horrors of battle, cutting humour about senior officers and the suffering endured by horses. Two volumes of images by the soldier, known only as J.M., ended up at the university's library as far back as the 1960s. They reveal he had a daughter, Adele M., whose identity is also part of the puzzle that is tied to few clues and a deep desire to know whose hands painted and drew the images of a dark and troubling time in history.
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Midland residents asked for help by young WWII researcher
Simcoe.com
A Dutch teenager has reached out to readers of The Mirror for help contacting the family of a Midland native who died in the Second World War. John William Hugh McEachern was born in Midland in 1915 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McEachern of Frederick Street. According to information dug up by Mike van Venrooij, 15, of the Netherlands, the family moved to Belleville when John — known as Jack to friends and family — was eight years old.
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Report: Don't hide traumatic stress risk of jobs
OurWindsor.ca
Young people and new recruits should be given all the facts about post-traumatic stress before applying for certain high-risk jobs, and even possibly screened in advance to determine their "resilience" to the illness, a new report from a provincial roundtable suggests. The report, entitled Roundtable on Traumatic Mental Stress, heard input from 20 individuals employed in jobs in Ontario where mental health trauma such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be a risk factor, including health-care services, fire services, police and public transit.
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Will army vehicles actively avoid conflict?
BBC News
Once, heavily armoured military vehicles would trundle into the very heart of battle — the vehicles of the future might adopt a different battlefield strategy. Your family car, it's fair to say, doesn't have much in common with a tank. Military vehicles aren't required to squeeze into tight parking spots on shopping trips, nor negotiate the traffic jams you encounter on the way to work. But some of the underlying technology in military vehicles does find its way out of the battlefield to end up in your humble hatchback.
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U.S. Army Reserve engineers field new mine clearing vehicle
DVIDS
The U.S. Army Reserve has fielded the first two M1271 Medium Flail Mine Clearing Vehicles, or MCV, with the 364th Engineer Platoon, located at Fort Smith, AK. The MCV is a manned vehicle designed to clear paths through minefields and provides area clearance using a motorized flail system to detonate mines in a safe manner. The MCV is equipped with a rotating flail and 72 chains with fist-sized balls, or hammers, at the end of the chains.
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