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A temporary bridge — 70 years later
CMEA
Because of the frequent WWII images, we often assume that all WWII bridging operations used Bailey Bridge equipment. But the first operational use of Bailey by the Royal Engineers was not until November 1942. The allies had entered WWII with a severe deficiency in its inventory of military bridges: the WWI-era Inglis Bridge had severe load limitations and the Royal Engineers and Royal Canadian Engineers had limited holdings in of an equipment called "Unit Construction Bridge."
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45th Annual Pigspiel — February 19-22 — CFB Kingston
CMEA
BCE Kingston will host this spectacular Engineer Branch event at the Garrison Golf and Curling Club from February 19-22, 2015. For more details/registration, see documents attached.

CHIMO!

45th Annual Pigspiel

45th Annual Pigspiel Warning Order

CFB Kingston 2015 Pigspiel Registration Form

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45e Pigspiel annuel — 19-22 février — BFC Kingston
AGMC
La section du Génie de construction de la base de Kingston sera l'hôte de cette fonction fort spectaculaire de la Branche du Génie du 19-22 février 2015 au club de golf et curling de la Garrison. Pour plus amples informations/inscription, veuillez consulter les documents ci-joints.

CHIMO!

45e "Pigspiel" Annuel

45e Pigspiel annuel ordre d'avertissement

Formulaire d'inscription pour le Pigspiel 2015 de la BFC Kingston

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Royal Canadian Engineers in Korea — Ex ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN 2014
CMEA
The 1st Canadian Division (1 Cdn Div) "Red Devils" deployed on Exercise ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN 14 (Ex UFG 14) in the City of Yongin in the Republic of Korea (ROK), 10-31 August 2014. Ex UFG14 is an annual theatre level Computer Aided Exercise (CAX). 1 Cdn Div was employed as a maneuver Division, flanking with 1 x US Division and 2 x ROK Divisions, under OPCON of I (US) Corps and the Third Republic of Korean Army (TROKA). The dispersion of various elements of I (US) Corps and 1 Cdn Div, from the Korea peninsula, to Hawaii and Washington State presented unique time zone and communication challenges.
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Corps royal du génie canadien en Corée — Ex Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014
AGMC
Du 10 au 31 août 2014, les « Red Devils » de la 1re Division du Canada (1 Div CA) étaient en déploiement dans la ville de Yongin, en République de Corée, dans le cadre de l'exercice Ulchi Freedom Guardian 14 (Ex UFG 14). L'Ex UFG14 est un exercice assisté par ordinateur (CAX) annuel au niveau d'un théâtre. On a fait appel à la 1 Div CA comme division de manoeuvre, en flanc d'une division américaine et de deux divisions sud-coréennes, sous l'OPCON du I (US) Corps et la Third Republic of Korean Army (TROKA). La dispersion des différents éléments du I (US) Corps et de la 1 Div CA, de la péninsule coréenne jusqu'à Hawaï et l'état de Washington, a présenté des défis uniques en matière de fuseaux horaires et de communications.
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10 bizarre war machines from World War Two
Heritage Daily
The Second World War witnessed a leap in technology and weaponry. But there are some bizarre weapons that never quite made it into the wider public knowledge. Here are 10 bizarre war machines from WWII.

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The mysterious dinner plate
CMEA
The CME Museum would like your assistance in tracking down the origin of this dinner plate. It would appear to pre-date the 1950s, but any clues or suggestions would be welcome.

Reply directly to our Curator at cmemuseum@forces.gc.ca.

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The real deal: This Canadian soldier earned his bravery medal
Ottawa Citizen
A combat engineer who earned the Governor General's medal of bravery by crawling into a small culvert in Afghanistan to defuse a bomb has one question for Franck Gervais: Why? "There must be some reason behind their actions and we don't know or understand what those reasons are," said 31-year-old Sgt. Dale Kurdziel, who is originally from Ottawa, but is currently based in Edmonton.

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Soldier's death prompts condolences from both colleagues and politicians
Ottawa Citizen
A young soldier's death at Canadian Army Garrison Petawawa has prompted a rush of sympathy and messages of condolence from friends, fellow soldiers and politicians. Craftsman Kyle Sinclair, 27, succumbed in hospital recently to injuries he suffered earlier while working on a military vehicle during a training exercise. "There are no words to describe a loss as tragic as this," Sinclair's commanding officer, Lt.-Col. Carla Harding, said in a statement. "He was a talented soldier and technician who joined to serve our country and was exceptionally proud of what he did."
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Army researchers develop pocket-sized aerial surveillance device
U.S. Army
Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing technologies for a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device for Soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments. The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile Soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted Soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within an immediate operational environment.
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Rona Ambrose announces funding boost for military mental health research
CBC News
Research on the mental health of Canadian Forces members and veterans will benefit from $5 million in new federal funding, federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose says. "We are going to be funding $5 million to improve the health and well-being of those who protect and selflessly serve Canadians at home and abroad," Ambrose said recently. The True Patriot Love Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support veterans and their families, will invest an additional $5 million to improve research.
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Young, old gather to remember at Brantwood Gates
Ottawa Community News
When Stanley Fields went off to fight for his country at the start of the Second World War, he was not much older than the young air, army and sea cadets who marched proudly along Main Street in Ottawa recently. He doesn't often talk about his memories of the war. More than seven decades later, he is still overcome with emotion when he thinks of the friends he lost in the fighting overseas, including those soldiers he met but whose names he never knew. He was 21 years old when he joined the war effort as a military engineer.
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North Bay to be home to military support office
Bay Today
North Bay will be home to one of the new Military Family Support Program (MFSP) offices announced by Veterans Affairs Canada recently. The government will spend $15.8 million in a four-year pilot project to provide medically releasing Veterans and their families with access to the program. The pilot will include access to seven Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) sites across the country for a period of two years. These sites are located in North Bay, Victoria, Valcartier, Edmonton, Trenton, Shilo, and Halifax.
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County wounded warrior rode for others
Belleville Intelligencer
While riding his bike through battlefields and cemeteries of the First and Second World Wars, David McFaul realized Canadians who then fought were different men from a different age. "They were though as nails," said the 38-year-old who served three tours in Bosnia and one in Afghanistan with the Second Battalion of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. McFaul was the man of the hour in his hometown, Ameliasburgh, ON, recently when he shared his "trip-of-a-lifetime" experience of participating in the Battlefield Bike Ride in France last summer before members of The Seventh Town Historical Society.
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Thinking on your feet with the Army Reserves
The Mirror
I started working as a civil engineer 20 years ago for Network Rail, doing civil engineering work on railway bridges in Wales and joined the Army Reserves around the same time. My daily work life is going on site, using engineering principles and mathematical equations, going through old archived bridge drawings and producing plans to protect it all. Obviously the job also involves a lot of preparation, being meticulous with your calculations, being confident about working individually without supervision and as part of a team.
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Women moving closer to combat's front lines
U.S.A. Today
The final barriers to women joining front-line combat units — infantry, armor, artillery and special operations — will fall over the next 12 months under Pentagon plans to erase gender restrictions. In all, more than 300,000 positions will open to women by Jan. 1, 2016, unless the services justify exemptions to keep some combat roles male only. Restrictions on women in combat have been vanishing since Jan. 24, 2013, when then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta rescinded the rule barring women from "direct ground combat."
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