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Valour School Project
CMEA
The town of Petawawa recently requested the support from Garrison Petawawa in the construction of a sports facility at Valour School. Heavy Equipment Troop (HET) from 25 Support Squadron, 2 CER quickly took the lead to coordinate the contract with the Township and spearhead the task. The task was to clear a 6.5-acre wooded area in order for the township to install a new sports field. HET commenced work on September 24, 2014 and recently came to a close on October 29, 2014.
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Projet de L'École Valour
AGMC
La ville de Petawawa a récemment demandé le soutien de la garnison Petawawa pour la construction d'installations sportives à l'école Valour. Une troupe d'équipement lourd (Tp EL) du 25e Escadron de soutien du 2 RGC a rapidement pris les devants pour coordonner le contrat avec la municipalité et mener la tâche. Cette tâche était de raser 6,5 acres de terrains boisés afin de permettre à la municipalité de bâtir un nouveau terrain sportif. La Tp EL a commencé les travaux le 24 septembre 2014 et y a récemment mis fin, le 29 octobre 2014.
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Christmas gift suggestion
CMEA
A great gift idea for Christmas is the Engineer Association men's tie or the ladies' CMEA scarf. Both made of fine polyester and bearing the official CMEA crest, they can be had for a mere $22 from the CFSME Kit Shop. The ladies' scarf measures 4.5 feet by nine inches and the men's tie is the same one as worn by your Colonel Commandant and those who attended the 2012 CMEA National Conference. Contact the CFSME Kit Shop now at www.cfsmekitshop.ca.

   

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New Trench Exhibit at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
By Stephanie Duchesne, Public Affairs Officer, 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
The New Brunswick Military History Museum, located at 5th Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown, has a new exhibit for public viewing. Gregory Fekner, the museum's executive director, and his staff worked diligently for a little over three weeks to create this new First World War trench exhibit. "It was a project I really wanted to undertake after the museum reopened in June of this year," said Mr. Fekner, "and I am very proud of the work that's been done."
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NDHQ is on the move to new Carling campus
Guard of Honor
"I can't wait to move to the new site. How soon is this happening?" "Carling Campus? I heard that the move was cancelled." "I heard we can't move now because of security concerns." Chances are that if you work in the National Capital Region, you've probably heard these statements or maybe even shared them yourself. The truth is however, that the move to the Carling Campus is on-track and progressing well.
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This plant-based gel stops bleeding in seconds
Smithsonian Magazine
Whether it's brought on by a bullet wound, a vehicle accident or some other form of trauma, severe blood loss can kill in just a few minutes. Even when medical professionals arrive on the scene quickly, keeping the victim alive long enough to reach a hospital in extreme cases is often difficult, if not impossible.

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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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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.

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A soldiers' story on bridge-building near Waterloo's RIM Park
Waterloo Region Record
Soldiers in combat gear toiled with heavy machinery near RIM Park in Waterloo recently, practising their bridge-building skills. Forty soldiers from the 31 Combat Engineer Regiment were conducting a training exercise to be ready in case they're called on to help in a natural disaster or emergency. The unusual sight of soldiers in camouflage uniforms and helmets drew the attention of joggers and dog walkers out for a stroll around the park.
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Building a stronger military reserve
National Post
Canadians' well-being improved recently when the federal government took steps to solidify the future for Canada's citizen soldiers. Reservists play key roles in meeting Canada's growing international and domestic security needs, and Ottawa recently announced a low-cost plan to financially support employers of reservists when he or she volunteers for full-time military duty. Canadian reservists usually participate full-time in the civilian workforce and train part-time as members of the reserve force.
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DND needs mental health workers
Nanaimo Daily News
Defence's pool of candidates for vacant mental health positions dried up quickly last spring when civilian recruits were told they would have to relocate to far-flung military outposts. Critics say that underlines the need to recruit uniformed psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors. A series of briefings and documents, obtained by the federal Liberals under access to information, show how officials scrambled to fill 54 vacant staff jobs amid a high-profile crisis where as many as 10 soldiers and veterans took their own lives within a three-month period.
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Soldiers with PTSD might not get full pension, advocates warn
CBC News
The mental-health struggles of Canadian soldiers have caught a lot of political attention of late, but veterans advocates remain concerned that PTSD could jeopardize a soldier's pension. A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member has to serve 10 years before being eligible for a full pension. But by coming forward with physical or psychological injuries — such as post-traumatic stress disorder — in their first decade of service, many soldiers are at risk of being medically released and losing out on a full pension, says Michael Blais, president and founder of Canadian Veterans Advocacy.
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Childhood friends, Second World War veterans reunite after 71 years
CTV News
Growing up in Burgeo, N.L, Norman Crewe and Aubrey Ingraham were best friends, swimming together, playing hockey together and, when the Second World War erupted, enlisting together. That was 71 years ago, and that was the last time the Merchant Navy veterans saw each other. Both men are 93, born five days apart, and recently they were reunited in Halifax by fate — and television.
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MIT engineers have high hopes for cheetah robot
YorkRegion.com
It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to manoeuvre drones, satellites and ballistic missiles. The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven. It's the creation of researchers at the Massachusetts of Technology, who had to design key elements from scratch because of a lack of or shortcomings in existing technology.
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Rice University: Graphene research demonstrates great strength
Net Newsledger
Graphene's great strength appears to be determined by how well it stretches before it breaks, according to Rice University scientists who tested the material's properties by peppering it with micro-bullets. The two-dimensional carbon honeycomb discovered a decade ago is thought to be much stronger than steel. But the Rice lab of materials scientist Edwin "Ned" Thomas didn't need even close to a pound of graphene to prove the material is on average 10 times better than steel at dissipating kinetic energy.
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U.S. Army clears way for 2 transgender veterans to receive benefits
The Guardian
The U.S. Army will "fully recognize" the new names of two transgender veterans, the ACLU announced recently, clearing the pair's path to receive veterans' benefits and giving new hope to transgender members of the military. The veterans, named by the ACLU only as Jennifer and Nicolas, live in New Jersey and received notice recently that the army had changed the genders statuses on their certificate of release or discharge documents. The veterans can now easily receive veterans' benefits in work and their homes.
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