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Military funeral of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent to be held November 1st
Ottawa Citizen
The military funeral of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent will be held on Saturday, November 1st, at Cocathedrale Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue in Longueuil, Quebec, according to a news release from the Department of National Defence.

Citizens who wish to honour Warrant Officer Vincent are invited to pay tribute on Saturday, November 1, along the funeral procession route, which will begin at the Yves Légaré funeral complex in Longueuil, QC. The procession is scheduled to begin at the complex at 10:15 am and then proceed to the Cocathédrale Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue via Marie-Victorin Boulevard, Bord de l'Eau Est Street, Grant Street, and Saint-Charles Street West.

In accordance with the wishes of the family, attendance at the church will be restricted to invited guests only. Following the service, military units and uniformed service members are invited to assemble on Saint-Charles Street to pay their final respects as the procession passes en route to a private interment.
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PM announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service
Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, currently President of the Canadian Space Agency, becomes Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, effective November 3, 2014.

Timothy Sargent, currently Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Finance, effective November 3, 2014.

Leslie MacLean, currently Assistant Secretary, Social and Cultural Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, effective November 24, 2014.

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CMEA Bursary winner
CMEA
The CMEA is pleased to announce one of the six winners of the annual CMEA Bursary Program. Each recipient receives a cheque worth $1,000 to further their studies. In this photo, Clara Phillips receives the cheque from CMEA Executive Director Dave Carney in the presence of her father, Major Mark Phillips. Clara is in her second year at the University of Ottawa studying Biomedical Engineering.

Policy guidelines and rules for eligibility can be found here. The call for applications for the 2015 program will be going out in May 2015 by e-mail. All members of the CMEA are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to assist worthy individuals in the pursuit of their post-secondary education.

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Ex Holdfast Sapper
By Capt Pat Reid, 42 Sqn 2I/C, 4 ESR
Approximately 380 soldiers from 4 Engineer Support Regiment (ESR) deployed to the 5 CDSB Gagetown Training Area from September 30th to October 6, 2014 for the Regiment's annual level two and three training exercise, Exercise Holdfast Sapper. Each of the four squadrons within 4 ESR were given the opportunity to plan and conduct their own training while Regimental Headquarters exercised their ability to act as a command element. The intent of the training was to be challenging and realistic, placing section and troop leadership outside of their comfort zones in order to prepare for the next level of training.
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Ex Holdfast Sapper
Par le capitaine Pat Reid, cmdtA 42e Escadron, 4 RAG
Environ 380 membres du 4e Régiment d'appui du génie (4 RAG) ont été affectés à la zone d'entraînement de la BS 5 Div C Gagetown du 30 septembre au 6 octobre 2014 pour l'exercice d'entraînement annuel de niveaux deux et trois, l'exercice Holdfast Sapper (HS). Chacun des quatre escadrons au sein du 4 RAG a eu l'occasion de planifier et de mener leur propre entraînement pendant que le quartier général régimentaire mettait à l'épreuve sa capacité d'agir à titre d'élément de commandement. L'entraînement visait à être difficile et réaliste et à forcer les chefs de sections et de troupes à sortir de leur zone de confort pour se préparer au niveau d'entraînement suivant.
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Streamlined approach to IE governance
IE Focus
Strong governance is one of the key conditions required for a well-managed organization. As part of the Defence Renewal initiatives, establishing a streamlined governance design is a key objective. Achieving this objective requires that the right committees are established, with the right members, to address the right topics.
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Approche rationalisée à la gouvernance IE
Focus IE
Une gouvernance solide est essentielle à la bonne gestion d'une organisation. À cet égard, un objectif clé de l'initiative de Renouvellement de la Défense est d'établir un modèle de gouvernance rationalisée. Pour y parvenir, il est nécessaire de mettre sur pied des comités appropriés, composés de membres appropriés et qui se pencheront sur des sujets appropriés.
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ADM (IE) Awards
IE Focus
In the moments following the "Amazing Race" lunch, Mr. Jaime Pitfield, ADM (IE), presented awards to seven individuals who have distinguished themselves during the past year. "Anyone in the community, regardless of where they serve can be nominated for these awards. This year, most nominees came from the National Capital Region IE Group so this gathering provides an excellent opportunity to present the following seven awards," said Mr. Pitfield.
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PRIX DU SMA (IE)
Focus IE
Après la tenue de la «Course extraordinaire» (Amazing Race), le SMA (IE), M. Jaime Pitfield, a procédé à la remise de prix à sept personnes qui se sont distinguées au cours de la dernière année. "Tous les membres de la communauté, quel que soit leur endroit de travail, peuvent être mis en candidature. Étant donné que cette année, plupart des candidats venaient du Groupe IE de la Région de la capitale nationale, ce rassemblement est donc une excellente occasion de remettre les sept prix," a déclaré M. Pitfield.
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Canada Awards for Excellence
IE Focus
It's time to celebrate! CFHA has achieved Silver Level certification in Excellence Canada's Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (EIW) program — and every person at CFHA helped to make that happen through their leadership, positive energy and daily focus on our customers! The levels of the organizational excellence program are progressive in scope, designed so that organizations can be externally recognized at different levels.
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Prix Canada pour l'Excellence
Focus IE
C'est le temps de fêter! L'ALFC a obtenu l'accréditation Argent du Programme Excellence, Innovation et Bien-être Canada — et cela gràce au travail, à l'énergie positive et aux services quotidiens que tous les employés de l'Agence ont fourni à nos clients. Les niveaux du programme Excellence sont conçus de sorte que les organisations puissent être reconnues à différents niveaux, et se concentrer sur l'excellence, l'innovation et le bien-être à long terme.
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Photo: Prairie Storm
Think defence
A Sapper from 22 Engineer Regiment stands at the bow of his boat whilst providing a river crossing for Zulu Company, 1 RRF during Exercise Prairie Storm in Canada.

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Winners: CME Association Bursary Program 2014
CMEA
The Canadian Military Engineers Association (CMEA) is pleased to announce the following winners of the Bursary Program 2014. These six successful applicants will be presented a cheque for $1,000 towards their post-secondary academic program.

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Message from the Chief of the Defence Staff
Government of Canada
By now many of you will be aware of the incident in which Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot, and later died of his wounds. Corporal Cirillo fell while standing guard over Canada's National War Memorial. This cowardly attack on our member, and on our institution — will not shake our resolve. It will in fact strengthen it.

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Well Done Award
IE Focus
The Health and Safety Committee for the joint DGIEES/DCC NCR Project Management Office at 180 Kent Street Ottawa are the recipients of DND's prestigious "Well Done Award" for excellence in workplace Health and Safety. This award is to recognize an individual (or group) who has significantly contributed to a safety program over and above the call of duty and/or who has prevented a serious accident that could have resulted in injury/fatality and/or damage/loss.
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Prix « Bien fait »
Focus IE
Le Comité de Santé et sécurité du Bureau conjoint de gestion de projet de DGSIIE/CDC reçoit le prestigieux Prix d'Agent de mérite du MDN pour souligner l'excellence de son programme de Santé et sécurité en milieu de travail. Ce prix est remis à une personne (ou un groupe) qui a eu un apport important au programme de sécurité générale qui dépasse largement le cadre normal des fonctions et qui a permis d'éviter un accident grave qui aurait pu entraîner des blessures, des mortalités, des dommages matériels ou des pertes.
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Call me... Padre Dunning?
IE Focus
"Once you become a commanding officer, expect the un-expectable!" Whoever came up with this advice could never have imagined what Maj Rick Dunning, from the CFFM's office, would experience while in command of the Canadian Forces Station Alert, NU, this past summer. "Thinking that I had all the power of the Captain of a ship two employees, who had dated for over 14 years, asked me if I would marry them in Alert," said Maj Dunning.
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Appelez-moi... Padre Dunning!
Focus IE
«Lorsque vous devenez officier commandant, préparez-vous à recevoir des demandes inattendues!», c'est bien ce qu'a découvert le Major Rick Dunning de la DSIFC, l'été dernier, alors qu'il était commandant de la Station des Forces canadiennes Alert, NU. « À penser que j'avais les pouvoirs d'un capitaine de navire lorsque deux employés qui se fréquentaient depuis 14 ans m'ont demandé de les marier à Alert », nous dit le Maj Dunning.
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Airborne Engineers in Poland
CMEA
On July 14, eight airborne engineers were called upon for their unique skill set proving once again that sappers are the cutting edge of their country's sword. With less than two weeks notice following Ex MAPLE RESOLVE 14 in Wainwright, AB, these men deployed to Poland as part of Land Task Force ROTO 1 of Op REASSURANCE alongside M Coy, 3 RCR. The opportunity to train with other NATO allies proved to be an invaluable experience.
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Membres du génie aéroporté en Pologne
AGMC
Le 14 juillet 2014, huit membres du génie aéroporté ont été appelés à fournir leur ensemble de compétences particulières, démontrant encore une fois que les sapeurs sont à la fine pointe de l'épée de leur pays. Avec moins de deux semaines d'avis suivant l'exercice Maple Resolve 2014, à Wainwright, en Alberta, ces hommes ont été déployés en Pologne avec la rotation 1 de la force opérationnelle terrestre de l'Op Reassurance, aux côtés de la compagnie Mike du 3 RCR. L'entraînement avec d'autres alliés de l'OTAN a été une expérience extrêmement enrichissante.
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 In the Media


Minister Valcourt announces completion of new Armoury in Edmundston
Government of Canada
Recently, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, attended an opening ceremony for the new Edmundston Armoury in Edmundston, N.B. This modern facility provides "A" Company of the Royal New Brunswick Regiment with a permanent home in the heart of Edmundston. This project represents an investment of approximately $8.9 million in defence infrastructure and 84 jobs were created from the construction of this facility.
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Military gets new social media policy in wake of attacks
CTV News
Members of Canada's National Defence staff and Canadian Armed Forces are being asked to remove any reference to their employment on social media profiles, "especially photographs of military personnel in uniform." The Canadian Forces Counter Intelligence Unit — Western Region issued a new directive regarding social media practices to soldiers and staff recently. The staff bulletin was prompted by a recent increase of reports made to the unit's western branch of military personnel — or their family members — receiving "friend requests" on Facebook.
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ISIL making more use of improvised explosive devices and car bombs in Iraq
Ottawa Citizen
The Islamic State has laid improvised explosives along a major highway north of Baghdad, revealing for the first time how the militant group is seeking to defend territory it controls from counterattack, the Washington Post has reported. Officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said Islamic State fighters were increasingly turning to roadside and car bombs as tools to try to slow the advance of Iraqi troops, as they were along the country's main roadway connecting the capital Baghdad to militant-held areas to the north.
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London honours unsung engineer who saved it from floods during Second World War
Toronto Star
Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters float by a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain's Houses of Parliament. Few notice the concrete mark, or recognize it as evidence of how close London came to drowning during the Second World War. It is a piece of history that has been rediscovered by a team of professional and amateur archaeologists. The patch was left by a secret squad of engineers and labourers who worked night after night during the war to repair flood defences hit in German air raids.
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Hall of Fame night: 3-Field underdogs beat big bases
Chilliwack Progress
It's the spring of 1968. Carl Marsh and some of his 3-Field Squadron teammates are in the stands in a frigid rink in Petawawa, ON. On the ice, another hockey team is doing line rushes. Up and back. Up and back. Up and back. CFB Rockcliffe has the ice for two hours and they use every minute. Their boys are winded grabbing water at the bench, and the Chilliwack boys just shake their heads. When it's their time to hit the ice, they only use 45 minutes.
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Engineering firm sizing up Green Cove as site for war memorial
The Chronicle Herald
An engineering firm is carrying out geological work related to the construction of a war memorial at Green Cove in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Maria O'Hearn, Parks Canada spokeswoman, said recently that work will continue this week to determine whether the site can support a proposed "Mother Canada" statue and interpretive centre. A preliminary design concept for the monument is slated to be as tall as 10 storeys.
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Army evaluates DARPA's futuristic soft exosuit
U.S. Army
Army researchers are evaluating prototype devices developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, Warrior Web program's goal is to create a soft, light-weight undersuit to help reduce injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. DARPA is responsible for the development of new technologies for the U.S. military.
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