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Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent 'loved serving his country'
Toronto Star
In a 28-year career in the military, most of it spent as a firefighter on bases and ships, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent saw the world and had no shortage of highlights. But it was probably the final act that he carried out before he was killed by a troubled young man who had embraced radical Islam that best defined Vincent's life, one of his superiors said at his military funeral. "He was accompanying another warrant officer that was doing an administrative procedure. That officer needed support, so Warrant Vincent volunteered to help him," said Brig.-Gen. Stéphane Lafaut, commander of the Montreal-based 2nd Canadian Division.
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CMEA Bursary winner
CMEA
The CMEA is pleased to announce another 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, LCol Martin Dufour receives the cheque from CMEA Executive Director Dave Carney. LCol Dufour's son Benjamin is in his first year at Texas A&M University studying Chemical 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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New CMEA videos
CMEA
Some new videos have been added to our Video Library. If you know of any other streaming videos that may be of interest to our members, please contact the Webmaster at cmeadircomm@telus.net.
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WWII D-Day Sapper veteran Cpl Stanley Clark Fields awarded the French Legion of Honour
CMEA
The Canadian Military Engineers are pleased to advise that the Government of France has awarded Cpl Stanley Fields the Rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. Mr Fields is a WWII Royal Canadian Engineer veteran who landed in France on D-Day and was a participant in the Battle of the Liberation of France. Some background on this honour is found here.
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Cpl Stanley Clark Fields, ancien combattant et sapeur 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 au Cpl Stanley Fields. Monsieur Fields est un membre du Génie royal canadien et ancien combattant de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale qui a débarqué en France le jour J et a participé à la bataille pour la libération de la France. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur cet honneur.
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Sapper Herbert Thomas Aquinos Lim, Burma Star — WWII RCE Veteran
CMEA
On October 4, 2014, Herbert Lim celebrated his 90th birthday in Burnaby, B.C., with 125 of his family and many friends. Jim Harris of the Retired Sappers represented the CME and gave Herb a CME toast and read a congratulatory letter from the Colonel Commandant. Herbert Lim is a Chinese Canadian who, like many of his community, wanted to serve in the Canadian Army early during WWII but were not accepted.
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Sapeur Herbert Thomas Aquinos Lime, Étoile de Birmanie — Ancien combattant de la Deunième Querre Mondiale du GMC
AGMC
Le 4 octobre 2014, Herbert Lim a célébré son 90e anniversaire à Burnaby, C.-B., avec 125 amis et membres de sa famille. Jim Harris, des sapeurs retraités, représentait le GMC et a porter un toast en l'honneur de Herb ainsi que lu une lettre de félicitations du colonel commandant. Herbert Lim est un Canadien chinois qui, comme de nombreux membres de sa collectivité, voulait servir dans l'Armée canadienne tôt durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, mais n'avait pas été accepté.
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Soldier who served with Cirillo has resumed memorial duties
The Globe and Mail
Corporal Branden Stevenson, the Canadian soldier who was standing guard with Corporal Nathan Cirillo when he was slain by a gunman, resumed sentry duties at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier recently. He has also broken his silence, saying his fallen comrade was "like a brother."

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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.

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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.

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CAF Fencers excel at CISM Nordic Cup
CMEA
A fit, impressive team of Canadian Armed Forces fencers proved difficult to beat at the CISM Nordic Cup in Halmstad, Sweden, October 1-4, 2014. In a tough field that included the renowned Polish Olympic fencing team, the Canadian team reached the podium in several events. Cpl Hughes Boisvert-Simard of 1 Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment won a gold medal in the Men's Épée, while Lt Jean Lelion of 4 Intelligence Company, 2 Canadian Division followed closely behind, earning the silver. Rounding out the men's competition was Cpl Clément Féménias-Métivet (Combat Engineer) of 35 CER Quebec City, who placed 9th overall.
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Les escrimeurs des FAC excellent à la Coupe nordique du CISM
AGMC
Une impressionnante équipe d'escrimeurs des Forces armées canadiennes en excellente forme a été difficile à battre à la Coupe nordique du CISM, qui s'est déroulée à Halmstad (Suède) du 1er au 4 octobre 2014. Dans une rude compétition à laquelle participait notamment la célèbre équipe d'escrime polonaise, l'équipe canadienne est montée sur le podium à plusieurs reprises. Le Cpl Hughes Boisvert-Simard, du 1er Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment, a remporté la médaille d'or à l'éépreuve masculine d'épée, suivi de près du Lt Jean Lelion, de la 4e Compagnie du renseignement, 2e Division canadienne, qui a décroché l'argent. Pour compléter le tout chez les hommes, le Cpl Clément Féménias-Métivet (Sapeur de combat), du 35e Régiment du Génie à Québec, est arrivé neuvième au classement général.
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The CDA urges the federal government to address the shortfall in the delivery of capital equipment for the CAF
Conference of Defence Associations Institute
Public Accounts documents show that for the past three years, spending on the Canadian military has declined significantly. In addition to a large reduction in the Defence budget, the federal government failed, this past fiscal year alone, to spend $763 million of the funding allocated to the Department of National Defence (DND). As a consequence, the National Shipbuilding Program, the CF-​18 Replacement Program and the Army's vehicle replacement and Clothe-​the–Soldier Programs, among other capital acquisition programs, have been seriously delayed.
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Geospatial analysis tool built to support Army intelligence analysis
Directions Magazine
Geospatial intelligence can help commanders to gain better insight about which route to send their troops — a more concealed longer route versus a shorter more direct route that leaves the troops exposed to enemy fire. The ability to obtain this information, analyze it and produce a report for commanders has been enhanced by the Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled, referred to as SAGE, geospatial tool supporting the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, or DCGS-A.
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Bill to make Remembrance Day statutory holiday passes 2nd reading
CTV News
Bill C-597, which would make Remembrance Day a nationwide statutory holiday, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and is now headed to the heritage committee for further review. MPs voted 258-2 in favour of passing the "Act to Amend the Holidays" on second reading. The vote took place recently, following renewed calls to make November 11 a nationwide statutory holiday in the wake of recent deadly attacks on Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and Quebec.
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British to fund training for Kurds — support for Canadian bomb-hunting robots
Ottawa Citizen
A few weeks ago, I had an article about Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq soon to get new bomb-hunting robots courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer. The only problem, the Kurds complained, was that they wouldn't know how to disarm the bombs once the robots find them. The robots are part of the $10 million in non-lethal military equipment the Canadian government plans to provide to the Kurds and Iraqis in their fight against Islamist extremists.
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CASARA and 413 Squadron training prepares both for SAR
Nova News Now
When it comes to searching for the lost and saving lives, the 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood often calls upon a dedicated group of highly trained civilians in Yarmouth to assist as spotters. The Yarmouth zone Civil Air Search And Rescue Association (CASARA) formed in the mid-1980s. Despite most members having full-time jobs, they dedicate an average of 60 hours each in annual training exercises. They also receive training for assisting search and rescue (SAR) in association planes.
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Photos: Canadian military medical training exercise at CFB Wainwright
Global News
Canadian military medical teams were in action in Wainwright recently in a special training exercise. The men and women were taking part in a very realistic battle training exercise called "Devouring Serpent." The exercise involves simulating injuries that will occur in combat. Global Edmonton's Gord Steinke took part, getting a behind-the-scenes look, in his role as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel.
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Canadian soldier from First World War identified
Global News
A soldier whose remains were found in Hallu, France, has been identified. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces announced recently they have identified the remains as Private Sidney Halliday, a Canadian solider from the First World War. Though he was born in England, Halliday moved to Manitoba in 1915. He fought in the First World War with the 78th Battalion, dubbed the Winnipeg Grenadiers.
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U.S. Navy turns to small rotary drones to hunt mines
Ottawa Citizen
U.S. Navy project officials have turned a small quad-rotor drone into a mine-hunter by equipping it with miniaturized, ultra-sensitive metal-detecting equipment, Defense News' Joe Gould writes. The idea for the project came from the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community, which wanted a stand-off mine detector to search wide areas in maritime, littoral and ashore environments, project officials say.
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Iowa State engineer helps army lab study the fundamental physics of diesel engines
News Wise
The compression-ignition, internal-combustion engine goes all the way back to the 1890s and the work of one Rudolf Diesel. All these decades later, engineers have developed advanced diesels featuring higher pressures, lighter parts, cleaner emissions and better efficiencies. Turbo diesels have even won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. So, engineers have it all figured out? There's not much they don't know about making a diesel go?
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