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The calendar year is coming to a close, and CMEA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CMEA News Brief subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Friday, January 9, 2015.

L'année 2014 tire à sa fin, et l'AGMC saisit cette opportunité pour souhaiter à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels de l'industrie, de joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.

En jetant un regard rétrospectif sur l'année écoulée, nous souhaitons offrir aux abonnés de la CMEA News Brief l'opportunité de passer en revue nos articles phares en 2014. En d'autres termes, au cours des deux prochaines semaines, nous allons vous proposer les 20 meilleurs articles de l'année!

La publication de votre bulletin d'informations reprendra normalement le vendredi 9 janvier 2015.

20. The inside story behind Canada's 7-day delay in joining WWII
Metro News
Sept. 5, 2014: A 99-year old former squadron leader with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War had a ringside seat at an event that could shed new light on why Canada waited until September 10, 1939, to declare war on Nazi Germany. Wess McIntosh, who lives in Milton, ON, about 50 kilometres west of Toronto, was actually in the Royal Canadian Navy when Great Britain and France declared war 75 years ago following Germany's invasion of Poland.
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19. Military surplus
The Walrus
April 4, 2014: Surrounded by Hesco bastions and concertina wire, the Mission Closure Team has the unglamorous task of packing up Canada's twelve years of war in Afghanistan. What to ship out? What to leave behind? Pallet jacks pick up boxes brimming with the sundries of war: a radio amplifier, a shovel, a first aid kit, some cables, a tool box, a lone tambourine. The boxes will be airlifted to Kuwait before continuing to Canada by sea, a total of 17,745 kilometres.
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18. Minister Nicholson announces completion of new headquarters for 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton
Government of Canada
Aug. 15, 2014: The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement: "For several decades, Canada has made important contributions to peacekeeping operations. National Peacekeepers' Day provides Canadians with an opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice of the Canadian Armed Forces personnel and Canadian civilians who work in support of peace around the world."
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17. Horizontal jet pack could make soldiers move faster on the battlefield
Sept. 19, 2014: It's a jet pack, all right. Not the kind that makes you fly, but definitely the kind that makes you move faster. Researchers in Arizona have made a jet pack that straps to your hips to make you run faster. By pushing against your hips and core, it can currently shave up to three seconds off of a five-minute run. But that's just the prototype. After Jason Kerestes proved that it could work (by towing his supervisor behind a truck), he built his own little miniature jet pack to push people harder than they ever thought they could be pushed.
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16. Did you play hockey for 3 Field Squadron, RCE?
Oct. 3, 2014: The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame has chosen the 1968, 3 Field Sqn hockey team as one of its two inductees for 2014. One of the career highlights for this team was winning the first ever Canadian Armed Forces National hockey championship in 1968. There are only a few of the original team members still alive and living in Chilliwack. The Induction Ceremony will be held on 25 October at the Chilliwack Chiefs home game at the Prospera Centre. The Sports Hall of Fame is still searching for members of this famous team, so please contact them if you know of someone who was on that team.
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15. Winners: CME Association Bursary Program 2014 / Récipiendaires: Programme de bourse d'étude 2014 de l'Association du GMC
Oct. 24, 2014: The Canadian Military Engineers Association (CMEA) is pleased to announce the following winners of the Bursary Program 2014. These six successful applicants will be presented a cheque for $1,000 towards their post-secondary academic program. Read more!

L'Association du Génie militaire canadien (AGMC) est heureuse d'annoncer les noms des récipiendaires du programme de bourse de 2014. Ces six candidats sélectionnés recevront un chèque de $1,000 pour leurs programmes académiques post-secondaires. Lire plus!

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14. The future of the Army Reserves
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
June 6, 2014: Brigadier-General Kelly Woiden, Director General Land Reserve talks about maintaining a sustainable Reserve Force while achieving a work-life balance for reservists. The Canadian Army Reserves are an essential component of the total Army force representing the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in communities across Canada. "The Army Reserves is an integral part of the Army; we're at approximately 19,000 folks depending. We're approximately 48 per cent of the total Army strength," said BGen Woiden, a proud reservist for over 35 years.
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13. The real deal: This Canadian soldier earned his bravery medal
Ottawa Citizen
Nov. 21, 2014: 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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12. A temporary bridge — 70 years later
Nov. 28, 2014: 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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11. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent 'loved serving his country'
Toronto Star
Nov. 7, 2014: 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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