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Best wishes this Christmas season
CMEA
On behalf of the National Executive of the Canadian Military Engineer Association, I offer our best wishes of the Christmas season to all our members, active or retired, and to all of your families. The Association is proud to serve you. From Christmas packages to deployed engineers in Kuwait, to affinity programs and support to those in need at home, we aim to foster a strong and vibrant esprit de corps. We look forward to another year of growth where we can continue to enhance communication about and among the engineer family.

Chimo!

John Lesperance
President CMEA
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Nos meilleurs vœux pour la période du temps des Fêtes
AGMC
Au nom de l'exécutif national de l'association du Génie militaire canadien, je voudrais offrir nos meilleurs vœux pour la période du temps des Fêtes à tous nos membres, actifs ou retraités, et à tous les membres de votre famille. L'association est fière de vous supporter. Des cadeaux de Noël à nos ingénieurs déployés au Koweït jusqu'aux programmes d'affinité et le soutien de nos ingénieurs dans le besoin, notre objectif est de favoriser un esprit de corps solide et dynamique. Nous attendons avec impatience une autre année de croissance où nous pouvons continuer à améliorer la communication sur et parmi la famille du Génie.

Chimo!

John Lespérance
Président de l'AGMC
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2014 CME Branch Christmas message
CME Branch
Please find attached the 2014 CME Branch Christmas Message. Merry Christmas!

Chimo!

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Le message de Noël 2014 de la Branche du GMC
La Branche du GMC
Veuillez trouver ci-joint le message de Noël 2014 de la Branche du GMC. Joyeux Noël !

Chimo!

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Department of National Defence planning $75 million custom jetty for Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships?
Ottawa Citizen
Canada's yet to be built Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels could soon have a new home, Brett Ruskin of Global News reports. He noted in his report that the Department of National Defence (DND) recently released details about a proposed custom jetty at CFB Halifax. The cost? An estimated $75 million. "An advance procurement notice states the proposed 'Jetty NJ' would be approximately 247 metres long and would extend 29 metres into the harbour in 12 metre deep water," Brett Ruskin noted in his report.
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A permanent record of Waterloo Region's Great War soldiers
Waterloo Region Record
Pte. George Bradley, 34, was making soup when a shell hit his kitchen at the Somme battlefield in France. There was nothing left of him to bury. Pte. John McConnell, 23, was in action on a battlefield in France when a shell exploded. Doctors amputated his legs in a desperate bid to save his life. He died of his wounds two days later. Canada fought its bloodiest conflict from 1914 to 1918. The Record sought to research every local soldier who died in the First World War, to determine who they were, where they fought, and how they fell.
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Military centre reaching out to 'extended family'
CBC News
Without a military base in the province, the P.E.I. Military Family Resource Centre finds it a challenge to spread the word about what it does. The centre opened in April. Before that, Island military were served by a satellite office in Moncton that closed in January. Island families lobbied the national Department of National Defence for a full centre in P.E.I.

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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.

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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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Christmas delivered by the military
Winnipeg Sun
Almost 300 Winnipeg families received a welcome surprise when the military came knocking at their door recently. More than 40 soldiers from the Fort Garry Horse army reserve spent the day helping out the Christmas Cheer Board by delivering hampers to homes across the city. This year, Master Corporal Draper Houston said they were able to nearly triple the amount of hampers they delivered, thanks to a cargo vehicle provided by the 31 Field Engineer Squadron.
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Petawawa soldiers home for Christmas
Pembroke Daily Observer
After three months overseas in Europe in response to the Ukraine crisis, Petawawa troops have come home for Christmas. Stepping off the buses outside General Foulkes Barracks recently, more than 100 members of Oscar Company Group of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (3RCR) were warmly greeted family, friends and comrades. Shaking their hands as they filed in were 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2CMBG) commander Col. Peter Dawe, Lt.-Col. Rob McBride, commanding officer of 3RCR, and brigade sergeant-major Chief Warrant Officer Keith Olstad.
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Canadian veteran fighting ISIS asks for night-vision goggles
Global News
Canadian Forces veteran Dillon Hillier is asking for help in his fight against the Islamic State. He wants a pair of night vision goggles, and his brother Russell Hillier has turned to crowdfunding to make it happen. Dillon Hillier, who served in Afghanistan as a member of Princess Patricia's Light Infantry, travelled to Iraq in November. There, he joined up with the Kurdish Peshmerga, who have been fighting ISIS in the region.
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Canadian Forces training to fight Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak
CTV News
The first group of Canadian Forces heading to Sierra Leone to help combat Ebola is first training at a custom-designed clinic in northern England. Military personnel are taking part in daily exercises at the Army Medical Services Training Centre near York, where they're rehearsing the medical procedures they'll be required to perform once in West Africa.
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DOD wants bullet that can change direction after being fired
Stars and Stripes
New 0.50-caliber bullets that can change direction after they have been fired could make soon make U.S. military snipers more deadly. The EXACTO program — or Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance — is being developed by California's Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC at the behest of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to a DARPA video posted on YouTube.
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U.S. Army fields new 81mm mortar — system is 12 pounds lighter
Ottawa Citizen
Following the successful fielding of the lightweight 60mm mortar system, the Picatinny Arsenal in the U.S. has begun delivering the new lightweight 81mm system to U.S. troops, the U.S. Army public affairs branch reports. Here is the rest of the article written by the public affairs branch of the U.S. Army's Picatinny Arsenal: The new M252A1 81mm system is 12 pounds, or 14 per cent, lighter than its predecessor, the legacy M252 mortar system.
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