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Appointment/Nomination — Colonel Commandant — CME Branch / Branche du GMC
CMEA / AGMC
It is with great pleasure that the CAF Chief Military Engineer, MGen C.T. Whitecross informs you that the Minister of National Defence has approved the appointment of BGen Steve Irwin (Retired) as the 13th Colonel Commandant of our Canadian Military Engineering Branch. A formal Change of Appointment Ceremony will be held during Ex UBIQUE, in Gagetown, NB in February 2015.

C'est avec grand plaisir que l'Ingénieure militaire en chef des FAC, Mgén C.T. Whitecross vous annonce que le Ministre de la Défense nationale a approuvé la nomination du Bgén Steve Irwin (Retraité) comme le 13e Colonel commandant de la Branche du Génie militaire canadien. Une cérémonie officielle d'assermentation aura lieu durant Ex UBIQUE, à Gagetown, NB en février 2015.

CHIMO
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Appointment/Nomination — CME Branch CWO / Adjuc de la Branche du GMC
CMEA / AGMC
The CAF Chief Military Engineer, MGen C.T. Whitecross, is pleased to announce the appointment of CWO R.G Swift as the Canadian Military Engineer Branch Chief Warrant Officer effective APS 2015. The date for the Change of Appointment ceremony will be announced later.

L'Ingénieure militaire en chef des FAC, Mgén C.T. Whitecross, est heureuse d'annoncer la nomination de l'Adjuc R.G. Swift comme l'Adjudant-chef de la Branche du Génie militaire canadien à partir de la PAA 2015. La date de la cérémonie de passation des fonctions sera annoncée plus tard.

CHIMO

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Christmas packages for deployed Engineers / Colis de Noël pour les ingénieurs en déploiement
CMEA / AGMC
Just a few weeks ago, the CMEA received a suggestion that we provide a Christmas gift package to each of our 30-40 Engineer troops deployed in Kuwait. The idea was circulated around the National Executive Committee, and within 24 hours, the wheels were set in motion. The logistic effort concurrently started at CFSME to assemble suitable CMEA and CME items from the Kit Shop, and at NDHQ to organize the transport and distribution of the packages. Although the contents are modest, they are a reflection of our best wishes to those serving away from home at this special time of year. With the continued support of our members and units, we hope to be continuing this tradition for years to come.

For all those other Engineers deployed elsewhere overseas and in Alert and Inuvik, the CMEA has this year sent a Christmas greeting card. In future years, it is the intention of the CMEA to put together a standard gift package for all Engineers on deployment and away from home and family over the holiday season. This year, given the late date of this initiative, we are only able to get a gift package to those deployed to Kuwait.

Best wishes for the Christmas and New Year from us all.

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Ex SPARTAN SAPPER
CMEA
Ex SPARTAN SAPPER 14, October 15-28, was an exciting fall exercise that allowed 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) to reinforce lessons learned in the spring during Ex MAPLE REOLVE 14 in Wainwright. The exercise was a two-week deployment into the Petawawa Training Area and focused on fundamental engineer skills like constructing battlefield defences, and crossing our local rivers. The first four days were focused on the planning and construction of a large defensive area that, in theory, would allow an infantry battalion to trap and destroy an opposing mechanised brigade. In the remaining days, the field squadrons rotated through a series of stands that practiced their floating bridge, aerial ropeway and minefield breaching skills.
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Ex Spartan Sapper 14
AGMC
L'Ex Spartan Sapper 14, qui a eu lieu du 15 au 28 octobre, a été un passionnant exercice d'automne qui a permis au 2e Régiment du génie de combat (2 RGC) de renforcer des leçons retenues tirées de l'exercice Maple Resolve 14 qui a eu lieu au printemps, à Wainwright. L'exercice constituait un déploiement de deux semaines dans le secteur d'entraînement de Petawawa et portait sur des compétences élémentaires de génie comme la construction de défense sur un champ de bataille et la traversée de rivières locales. Les quatre premières journées visaient la planification et la construction d'un large secteur défensif qui, en théorie, permettrait à un bataillon d'infanterie de piéger et de détruire une brigade mécanisée ennemie. Au cours jours restant, les escadrons de campagne ont effectué une rotation parmi les stations pour mettre en pratique leurs compétences en matière de ponts flottants, de transporteurs à cordage aérien et d'ouverture d'un champ de mines.
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Engineer music now available!
CMEA
A small collection of Engineer music is now available for download or listening from the CMEA Website Music Library. At this time, a re-mastered version of the 1966 recording of the RCE Band and the CME 2003 Commemorative CD are posted.
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Army turns soldiers into 3-D avatars
CNN
A partnership with the U.S. Army is no small feat for a start-up — especially when it involves specialty armour for soldiers. But Manhattan start-up Body Labs is up to the task. Recently, the year-old firm unveiled its plans to work with the U.S. Army as part of a two-year, $825,000 contract to create protective gear for female soldiers in combat.

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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.

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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.

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 In the Media


Defence Minister: Canadian soldiers landing in Ukraine to train military police
National Post
Canadian soldiers are arriving in Ukraine to help train military police, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says. The training is part of an agreement Nicholson signed with Ukraine pledging Canadian help in the face of Russian aggression. "The declaration seeks to initiate a process to strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian government to defend its borders and people," Nicholson said in a conference call.
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Queen cannot send Canadian troops to war, Attorney General says in letter aimed at settling long-standing dispute
National Post
The Queen is Canada's head of state and commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces. She is ceremonially ubiquitous in the Forces — from the Loyal Toast given at regimental dinners to the playing of God Save The Queen and the recent renaming of the "Royal" Canadian Air Force. According to the Attorney General of Canada, though, the monarch "cannot unilaterally deploy the Canadian Forces," which may seem an odd thing for Canadian officials to say, given that she has never tried.
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Australia commits to a military spending spree while Canada dithers
National Post
Tony Abbott's government has embarked on an unprecedented peace-time military spending spree that is stunning when compared to how little Canada is spending on its army, air force and navy. Australia will allocate more than $30 billion to its armed forces next year. Canada will likely spend less than $20 billion in 2015. Australia already expends 1.7 per cent of gross domestic product on its armed forces, with a NATO-like goal of two per cent by 2023. Canada's military spending will likely dip just below one per cent of GDP next year.
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Vancouver police bomb squad removes WWII mortar shell from Stanley Park
Metro News
A man searching for buried treasure in Stanley Park discovered a mortar shell suspected to date back to World War II recently. The man, who regularly visits the park with his metal detector, contacted police after he found the shell in the woods near the HMCS Discovery. The VPD's explosives disposal unit X-rayed the shell to determine whether it was a live round or a training round, but the X-rays were inconclusive, Vancouver police spokesman Const. Brian Montague said.
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CFB personnel pitch in for Coach4Food
North Bay Nugget
At least it wasn't as cold as it was last year when members of 22 Wing CFB North Bay lined Airport Road to collect donations for the North Bay Food Bank. Quite a few of the two dozen or so military and North Bay Police Service volunteers were on duty last year, when the temperature was inching up toward -11 Celsius, and a strong wind was buffeting volunteers and drivers alike.
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Group: Land mines are taking smaller toll
New York Times
Deaths and injuries from land mines and other explosive remnants of war fell to the lowest level ever recorded last year, and production of the weapons appeared to have practically ceased, a leading disarmament group reported recently. The group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, attributed the declines to increased compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty, which was first signed 17 years ago and took effect two years later.
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Printing concrete
Think Defence
Skanska and Loughborough University have teamed up with Norman Foster and Partners to bring 3-D concrete printing to practical fruition. Although none of these partners are talking about using 3-D concrete printing for military applications, the benefits would be many. Their main objective is to use the technology to create shapes that cannot be created by normal processes, but in an expeditionary context, the main objectives would be speed and resource economy, including personnel.
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Integrated Task Force Engineer Platoon blows away assault breaching exercise
DVIDS
Marines with Engineer Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted an assault breaching exercise at Engineer Training Area 2 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., recently. The platoon began their exercise by hiking more than 10 kilometers to the training area, carrying demolitions equipment such as M1A2 Bangalore torpedoes, the Anti-personnel Obstacle Breaching System and C4 satchel charges.
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