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Ref: CANFORGEN 038/13 CDS 015/13
041728Z MAR 13: Launch of New CAF
Fitness Evaluation. Sir, it is unclear as
to whether a member has a choice of doing the
old CF EXPRES test first or the new fitness
evaluation first (The FORCE Program). Could
you please clarify?
Master Warrant Officer, Shearwater
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
To provide a quick recap, the FORCE
Evaluation was officially introduced into
our system on April 1, 2013; it is our new basic
fitness standard. This also signalled the beginning
of a one-year transition and training period for
the new program. During this first year (April 1,
2013 to March 31, 2014) all Canadian Armed
Forces personnel will undertake the new FORCE
Evaluation. If they meet the standard of this new
test, they will have been found to meet the CAF
fitness standard and those results will be valid
for a 365-day period. If the member cannot meet
the standard of the FORCE Evaluation during his
or her attempt within this first year of the new
program, then they will be required to attempt the
CF EXPRES before their current fitness evaluation
expires. Failing the CF EXPRES test will result in
remedial action as per DAOD 5023-2.
In regards to your question specifically, should
a CAF member wish to attempt the CF EXPRES
test in addition to the FORCE Evaluation, the order
in which the two tests are completed is a personal
decision. For example: a CAF member with a CF
EXPRES test expiring on June 30, 2013 who
requests to complete the CF EXPRES test June
15, 2013 prior to mandatory FORCE Evaluation
attempt. This would give that member the peace
of mind of having an up-to-date test result while
allowing more time to train and prepare for the
FORCE Evaluation and avoiding an expired fitness
evaluation result should they fail FORCE.
After April 1, 2014, the FORCE Evaluation
will be the only basic fitness standard for CAF
personnel, and the fitness policy and DAOD
5023-2 will be updated accordingly.
I encourage everyone in the CAF to visit the
FORCE Website to learn more about the
program. www.cfpsa.com/FORCEProgram.
Could the dress regulations be amended so that the
new fur hat is allowed to be worn with the intermediate jacket instead of only with the Distinctive
Environmental Uniform (DEU)? I would say that if the hat is
warm and it looks good, let’s wear it and make the best use
out of it.
Master Corporal, Germany
Gen Tom Lawson, CDS
CPO1 Bob Cléroux, CFCWO
Thanks very much for your question; I’ll start with
a little background first. As most folks who use
Clothing Online are probably aware, the fur hat is
a “purchased item”, meaning it is obtained or “purchased”
by using points through the Logistik Unicorp online clothing
system.
The development, or selection, of the fur hat was an
interesting endeavour. The Dress Committee was challenged
to find a head dress that would work well in our winter
conditions, be reasonably priced, and that would fit well
with the environmental dress of each element. It was only
ever intended to be worn with environmental uniforms.
For the hat to be worn with operational clothing, two
things would need to occur. First, it would have to be issued
vice “purchased”; and second, and most importantly, at
least in the case of the Air Force, it would have to be tested
to make sure it meets with all existing standards, including
their anti-static requirements.
In short, I’m glad you like the hat and I do agree that it
works very well on a cold Canadian winter day, but for the
time-being it is only to be worn with DEU, and there is no
plan to conduct any operational testing on this piece of kit
anytime in the near future.
SACEUR change of command
General Philip M. Breedlove recently became NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander
Europe (SACEUR), assuming command of Allied Command Operations from
outgoing SACEUR, Admiral James Stavridis.
The change of command, presided over by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh
Rasmussen, marks only the third time in NATO history that an Air Force general
assumes the post since the position was established in 1951, when Gen Dwight D.
Eisenhower became the first SACEUR.
“I was very pleased to be able to personally extend our nation’s sincerest congratulations to Gen Breedlove during the most recent NATO Military Committee
meetings in Brussels,” said Gen Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. “His
appointment as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and the Commander of
US European Command, is appropriate acknowledgement of both his command
and leadership ability, as well as his strong understanding of NATO’s politicalmilitary dynamic.”
The SACEUR is responsible for the overall direction and conduct of military operations for NATO. The position is normally held by a United States Flag or General officer,
who also serves as commander US European Command. His command is exercised
from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) near Mons, Belgium.
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55
Years
and still going
strong
NORAD does more than track Santa...
though that is a pretty important task
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eputy Commander NORAD Lieutenant-General Alain Parent arrived in the position September
2012 in a very interesting way. LGen Parent, who was Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian
NORAD Region at the time, was visiting Operation NANOOK when he got an urgent call.
“I was flying a Griffon into Inuvik, a NORAD FOL, when I was asked to call General Lawson,” he said. He
asked me to take on the job. I was surprised for sure. And without hesitation I took it, because it’s my second
time here and I knew what the mission was about and it would be a great opportunity.”
NORAD
So what is NORAD? The North American Aerospace Defence
Command is a bi-national command. It’s based on a bi-national
agreement—a treaty, basically—that defines US and Canadian
command responsibilities for North America’s air defence and
maritime warning. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) then
plays a leading role in enforcing Canada’s sovereignty and
providing security throughout our oceans, monitoring
Canada’s coastline, the longest of any
nation in the world.
Photo: Tech Sgt Jacob N. Bailey
military attack as both nations share responsibility for the
defence of North America.
“I joke and say my name is Alain Parent and I’m bi-national
… and accountable to both the US and Canadian governments
for the defence of the homeland,” he says with a chuckle.
Future Roles
Deputy Commander Role
A Posting with a Difference
LGen Parent’s first duty as Deputy Commander, “like any good
deputy, is to support Commander NORAD in accomplishing
the mission,” he said. The NORAD agreement reads that two
military personnel be accountable to perform the mission—first
the commander of NORAD, then, in his absence, the deputy
commander.
LGen Parent is also actively involved in supporting the
Commander NORAD priorities, which extend to both NORAD
and USNORTHCOM (Northern Command) to expand and
strengthen their trusted partnerships.
“Everything we do in NORAD is done through cooperation
with our partners,” said LGen Parent. “It is a collaborative
approach we use with all our partners whether military or civilian. Our second priority is to advance and sustain the bi-national
military command, and the third is to gain and maintain all
domain situational awareness. We also advocate for and develop
capabilities in our core mission areas to be able to face all threats.
Even though it is listed last, it is always in the forefront of
thoughts, to take care of our people because they are the foundation of what we do.”
So how does a posting to NORAD differ from any other
posting?
“The work we do here is done bi-nationally with our US
friends; it is unparalleled in the world,” LGen Parent said. “It’s
the only headquarters where you have two nations, with fully
integrated staffs to perform their mission. We are not here on
an exchange posting, we’re here as a fully integrated staff, and
what we bring to the table is taken exactly as if we were US
personnel.”
LGen Alain Parent
Celebrating a partnership
LGen Parent says Colorado Springs is a great place to live. It’s
a city that is extremely supportive of both the US and Canadian
militaries, with both countries’ flags flying everywhere.
“The locals are great hosts. Having been in NORAD for 55
years, we [Canada] are not contemplating retirement at all. We
have a great partnership.”
As NORAD celebrates its 55th anniversary, many things
have changed, and the events of 9/11 highlighted NORAD’s
relevance in today’s security environment. Traditionally focussed
on aerospace warning and aerospace control, NORAD’s
mission evolved in the wake of the attacks, and its ability to
monitor and respond to threats from within North America
was developed.
In 2006, Canada and the US agreed to renew the NORAD
Agreement in perpetuity, and NORAD was assigned a new
maritime warning mission. Since this renewal, NORAD has
the mandate to warn of potential maritime threats to respective
national authorities and agencies, principally US Northern
Command and the Canadian Joint Operations Command;
both organizations are responsible for assigning forces to
respond.
Canada’s strong defence relationship with the US is
extremely important, and through the mutual partnership in
NORAD, Canada receives enhanced protection from a direct
NORAD will continue to play an important role in the future
defence of North America as it adapts to the new challenges
posed by world situations. NORAD, like many institutions,
will have to update its threat capabilities and come up with
more innovative ways to better protect Canada and the US.
Operation Noble Eagle, already in place, is the ongoing
operation keeping domestic skies safe. There’s also a Northern
sovereignty operation using the North Warning System
For the future, LGen Parent says, “We need to address cyber
threats, which recognize no borders. So, if we want to have
appropriate cyber defence, we have to study to see if we want
to do this bi-nationally, US–Canada, or if each country takes
care of its own. At this time, we do not have the answer to that
question, but it is something that needs to be looked at.”
Another issue yet to be addressed is the future of the North.
As scientists warn of our melting ice cap, what will it mean for
NORAD’s maritime warning as traffic increases?
“Are we well-equipped to provide warning as traffic in the
Arctic increases? Do we want to contribute bi-nationally again?”
questions LGen Parent. “So, as we look at these challenges.
We need to evaluate them and be able to articulate risk so that
our governments can decide how to tackle them.”
This is where the CAF’s close working relationship with
our US partners is of great importance to Canada.
“We are like family, not only here in Colorado Spring but
across the US with all our NORAD OUTCAN Staffs,” said
LGen Parent.
Way forward for NORAD
The domestic and foreign challenges ahead for NORAD align
with Command priorities, said LGen Parent.
“One of the most important is to achieve all domain situational awareness—where everyone who has a stake in the
defence of the homeland creates a habitual relationship with
NORAD that we want to nurture—so we can figure out what
could go wrong and then prevent, deter, detect and, when
required, act to make sure that our people are safe and secure
on the continent. And make sure we keep our eye on the ball
to outpace the threats.” LGen Parent said there is a project
underway called NORAD Next which is a strategic review of
NORAD to ensure that we are ever-evolving in the Command,
that we don’t let our guard down.
“We have the watch ... and I want to be able to say by the
end of my tour that, ‘We had the watch and we didn’t fail.”
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Preparing
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Aerial view of the JOINTEX
headquarters compound during
Ex MAPLE RESOLVE 13 in
Wainwright, Alberta on May 26.
2040
What will the global security environment look like in 2021? How about 2040? What type of threats
will Canadians face at home and abroad? And, how will the Canadian Army keep Canadians safe
and secure by planning for and adapting to the future? These are some of the challenging questions
the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre (CALWC) in Kingston is working to answer.
“The CALWC is tasked with providing the Army with a relevant plan for tomorrow and the
future,” explains Lieutenant-Colonel Victor Sattler, deputy director of the CALWC.
In mapping out that path, the CALWC examines past experience as well as future trends in
emerging technologies, resource scarcity, demographic change, current conflicts, Army innovation
and evolution, and allied relationships to envision what the security environment will look like
tomorrow (five to 15 years from now) and in the future (15 to 30 years from now).
From there, the CALWC focuses on defining, testing and improving on concepts for new Army
capabilities that will address the land warfare challenges of the future security environment.
International jump
Canadian, Colombian and German jumpers wait for
departure onboard a Colombian C-130 Hercules
during Ex MAPLE FLAG 2013 (JOINTEX 13), at 4 Wing
Cold Lake on May 27.
“What we do is push experiments to the breaking point.
We want to know what they can handle.”
—LCol Victor Sattler
The Canadian Army believes that the best way to meet the potential threats of the future
operating environment is through adaptive dispersed operations (ADO). ADO are all-encompassing
but versatile operations that take into account diplomatic, defence, development and commercial
resources in planning and coordination. The essence of ADO is the ability to conduct coordinated,
interdependent, full-spectrum actions psychologically, physically and through information by
widely dispersed teams.
“Our process includes a fair bit of experimentation, simulation and war games to validate
proposed force structure models. Some of the work we do is grounded in capability development
records that are used to articulate and track the staffing of systems to meet capability requirements,
such as counter-IED, aviation, search, communications and electronic warfare,” says LCol Brad
Boswell, senior staff officer of capability development at CALWC. “We look to the capability gaps.”
Currently the CALWC is working on several concept projects, as well as three design
experiments. The first involves the development of integration options for an all-source centre for
intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance.
The second is a logistics project focused on determining the optimal distribution of combat
service support (CSS) vehicles within a formation. Members of the CALWC team are testing
container distribution, vehicle size and type, and how they will move across the battlefield in future
security environments utilizing an ADO concept.
In the third experiment the CALWC is trying to determine the best battle group CSS system
within an adaptive dispersed environment. The main point of this experiment is to determine how
to best provide support in the field with the fewest number of personnel and vehicles.
“We always have at least one or two experiments going on. From seminar war-games to a
synthetic environment experiment where ideas are modeled. We give them tasks to test their
capabilities. Basically, what we do is push experiments to the breaking point. We want to know
what they can handle,” says LCol Sattler.
With every experiment and test, the CALWC is one step closer to figuring out how the Army
of tomorrow will need to shaped and designed to meet a future that almost certainly promises to
be both complex and volatile.
BOA in
the UK
HMCS Iroquois and
her embarked helicopter
air detachment participated in the Battle of the
Atlantic commemoration
ceremonies at the
historic Cathedral in
Liverpool, United
Kingdom on May 26.
Photo: Cpl Anthony Chand
Photo: MCpl Marc-André Gaudreault
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Face of Operations
CSOR soldiers awarded
VALOUR medals
Street-level views of the central bazaar, known to CSOR operators as Building 4,
immediately after the assault on May 7, 2011.
In a series of bold and coordinated attacks across the rugged Afghan terrain Taliban insurgents attempted to shift their fighting
from the countryside to the crowded urban streets of the nation’s major cities, in the spring of 2011. The enemy selected key targets
including areas of high tactical value throughout Kandahar City, the provincial capital and focal point of the insurgency.
On May 7, 2011, shots rang out close to an
Afghan Police checkpoint just outside the
walls of the Kandahar Provincial Response
Company (K-PRC) compound. As the attacks
in the city grew in intensity, the Afghan
government decided to call K-PRC to help
quell the surge.
Special Forces
Operators in Action
The K-PRC was a well-trained and well-led,
limited-notice response force comprised
primarily of Afghan police who were trained
and mentored by crack soldiers of Canadian
Special Forces Operation Command
(CANSOFCOM). After brief orders were
issued to the force, including their Canadian
Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) mentors, they moved to the centre of the city to
conduct a reconnaissance on the massive
building they were requested to clear by the
American Force Commander. What they saw
in front of them was a maze of vender stalls
and shops littered with rugs and tapestries
capable of hiding even the largest enemy
opposition force from sight. Over the next
24 hours, the K-PRC would face one of its
greatest challenges and stretched its personnel, leadership, and mentors to the brink.
“The conspicuous combat actions of these
Special Forces Operators in the battle of
Building 4 was borne of hard training and
personified an admirable dedication to
mission success,” said Lieutenant-Colonel
Hank Szelecz, commanding officer of CSOR.
“Their actions were merely a reflection of the
dedication, professionalism and commitment
that all men and women of the Canadian
Armed Forces demonstrate on a daily basis
in defending Canadians, and our country.”
CSOR Members Praised
As a result of this event, seven members of
the Regiment were awarded the following:
two Stars of Military Valour (SMV), one
Meritorious Service Cross (MSC), one Medal
of Military Valour (MMV), one Mention In
Dispatches (MID), and three Chief of the
Defence Staff Commendations. Governor
General David Johnston and General
Tom Lawson, CDS presented the majority
of these awards at Rideau Hall on June 7.
A CANFORGEN will be released in
extension of CANFORGEN 052/13 –
Honours Announcement with additional
information.
The distinguished leadership, courageous
service and self-sacrifice of the above
mentioned CSOR members reflect extremely
well on CANSOFCOM and the greater
CAF community. On behalf of Commander
CANSOFCOM, sincere congratulations
are extended to all recipients. Viam
Inveniemus.
HMCS Toronto
PHOTO: Cpl Malcom Byers
stops another
drug shipment
HMCS Toronto stops drug shipment
Naval boarding party members from HMCS Toronto remove drug pouches from a hidden compartment onboard a dhow in the Indian Ocean on May 6 during Op ARTEMIS.
HMCS Toronto disrupted an over 315 kilograms of heroin shipment in the Indian Ocean following
the search of a suspect vessel by Toronto’s naval boarding party as part of ongoing maritime security
operations in the region.
HMCS Toronto has successfully stopped her fourth narcotics shipment in two months, as
part of ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian
Sea. During the search and
inspection of a vessel by the
ship’s naval boarding team on
May 23, Toronto’s crew recovered approximately 300 kilograms of heroin. The narcotics
were recovered without incident and will be destroyed.
Since her departure from
Halifax in January, HMCS
Toronto has recovered roughly
1,300 kilograms of narcotics.
Narcotics smuggling in the
Arabian Sea and surrounding
region is a recognized source
of funding for terrorist organizations. By patrolling some of the
world’s most important shipping routes, coalition ships are
denying financial resources to
extremist groups, and helping
to keep drugs off of Canada’s
streets.
HMCS Toronto is a Halifaxbased Canadian patrol frigate
with a crew of approximately
225 personnel, and includes a
CH-124 Sea King helicopter air
detachment, as well as a shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle
detachment.
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JOINTEX 2013: National exercise
for expeditionary operations
• Ex MAPLE RESOLVE, conducted by the Canadian
Army at CFB Wainwright from May 13 to June 9;
• and Ex MAPLE FLAG, conducted by the Royal
Canadian Air Force at 4 Wing Cold Lake from May 27
to June 21.
“To ensure that we maintain that excellence in the modern
battlespace, JOINTEX worked the pieces that have to come
together for effective inter-agency, intergovernmental and
coalition operations,” said General Tom Lawson, Chief of the
Defence Staff.
For more information on JOINTEX, visit: www.cjoc.forces.
gc.ca/ex/jointex/index-eng.asp.
Photo: Cpl D. Salisbury
The fifth and final stage of JOINTEX, the first in a series of
nation-wide joint training and readiness events designed
to change how the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) train,
develop and learn to prepare for future operations, took place
from May 6 to June 8. Stage 5 was a joint and integrated
computer-assisted Field Training Exercise and Command Post
Exercise involving live, virtual and constructive players and
equipment operating in a shared training environment.
JOINTEX is specifically designed to train a Canadian-led
Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Headquarters
(CJIATF HQ) in the planning and conduct of coalition fullspectrum operations in a joint, inter-agency, multinational and
public environment.
“JOINTEX allowed us to further develop our replication
of the contemporary and future operating environments in the
live, virtual, and constructive training domains, all at the same
time and in multiple locations,” stated Lieutenant-General
Stuart Beare, commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command.
JOINTEX began in 2010 and was conducted in five stages.
Stage 4 ended on February 1 and was primarily concerned with
delivering training aimed at the leadership of a Canadian-led
CJIATF and also involved a computer-assisted Command Post
Exercise. These activities ensured adequate preparation for the
final stage.
Stage 5 utilized all components of the exercise in a complex
scenario designed to train participants to develop doctrine,
tactics and procedures that enhance the CAF’s ability to deliver
integrated effects. It had a complex operating environment
allowing for the execution of numerous operations including:
deterrence, combat, security and planning for stability.
Stage 5 was the most complex network-enabled collective training event the CAF have ever conducted, and included CAF
members from across Canada.
Stage 5 of JOINTEX also integrated and leveraged the
following three force generation exercises that are occurring at
the same time. While these associated exercises will or have
occurred separately, they were conducted in part and in conjunction with JOINTEX 13 to demonstrate the joint nature of
CAF training.
• Exercise TRIDENT FURY, conducted by the Royal
Canadian Navy in the vicinity of CFB Esquimalt from
May 3-19;
Photo: MCpl David L. McVeigh
A coalition Leopard Tank patrols the East Isle and West Isle boarder’s in a defensive measure against possible enemy attacks.
MCpl Nigel William, 3 PPCLI works close protection for
Col David Anderson as he chats with local business men
during Ex MAPLE RESOLVE 1301 in CFB Wainwright.
Ex ROGUISH BUOY: CAF Combat Divers Unite
Annual Exercise
The Canadian Forces Combat Divers come from the various
Combat Engineer Regiments across Canada and meet annually
for Exercise ROGUISH BUOY. The exercise has historically
been an occasion to unite the dispersed dive teams, bringing
them together to share learned experience and build cohesion
amongst those with this highly specialized skill set. This year’s
main focus was on developing new and enhancing old tactics,
techniques, and procedures, and on testing new ways to enable
the divers to accomplish their missions. Each unit was assigned
a subject and given two days to conduct their training stand
for the dive teams. The training stands covered underwater
navigation, underwater demolitions, insertion and extraction
techniques, and water to land transitions from swimming,
diving, and kayaking.
exercise they developed a unique scenario that involved diverse
tasks designed to stymie the advance of a notional enemy’s
conventional army. Each team on the exercise was given similar
combat engineer missions, involving covert waterborne tasks
such as establishing a beach landing site, bridge reconnaissance,
pier attacks for bridge demolition, and capturing enemy
shoreline observation posts. These missions were accomplished
using specialist resources such as collapsible two-man kayaks,
diver propulsion vehicles, compressed air breathing apparatus,
Zodiac inflatable boats, as well as underwater navigation
boards and other common diving equipment. Each team
completed the given missions and then conducted thorough
after action reviews where good and bad points were consolidated to be learned by all. From these points ADC is rewriting
the Canadian Forces Combat Diving publication to keep it
up-to-date with modern equipment and tactics.
After three weeks of trial and error, the combat divers
learned a great deal. The complexity of tactical diving is a test
to the most skilled soldier, developing the required skills is
a daunting task from the beginning, done in a dark and cold
environment where solitude is a regular feeling. However in
the final days of Ex ROGUISH BUOY, it was apparent that
the divers had mastered their newly learned skills and were
incredibly confident in the new tactics they developed.
This year’s ROGUISH BUOY proved to continue to be a
vital part of Combat Diving, allowing Combat Dive Teams to
share lessons, work together, and push the boundaries to further
develop their capabilities.
Photo: Cpl Burler
On a dark and cold night in the Comox Valley of British
Columbia, the wind blew with fierce intentions. Snow uncommon to this elevation was beating down upon the land that
had been carved by time. While all wild things were seeking
refuge in whatever cover they could find, a force was moving
through the water. Many would expect this force to be out of its
element in this situation, but it is in these conditions, in the
dead of night, that the Canadian Forces Combat Divers used
their steadfast discipline and specialized training to prove
their worth.
Army Dive Centre – Central Hub
The Army Dive Centre (ADC) which is stationed at the
Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering at CFB
Gagetown acts as the central hub of the dive teams. For this
Members of the 2 CER Combat Dive Team approach the beach tactically by kayak.
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Numerous announcements bloomed this month....
May 1:
PHOTO: Cpl Jessye Therrien
Battle Of The Atlantic Veterans Honoured
More than 50 veterans of the Battle of the Atlantic were
honoured during a gala dinner at the Canadian War Museum
in Ottawa. “It is a great honour for me to have this opportunity
to express our thanks to the veterans of the Battle of the
Atlantic who sacrificed so much for Canada during this
difficult campaign in which our navy truly came of age as
a force,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander
Royal Canadian Navy.
May 5:
Commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic
Canadians from across the country gathered to commemorate the sacrifices made by thousands of Canadians who
fought during the Battle of the Atlantic, which ran from
1939 to 1945.The first Sunday of each May, Canada and
its naval community commemorate those lost at sea in the
longest single campaign of the Second World War. Today,
the legacy of the Battle of the Atlantic is upheld by those
currently serving, pledging themselves “Ready, Aye, Ready”
to face today’s security challenges with pride and
professionalism.
May 6:
Defence Team Recognizes Mental Health Week
Defence Minister Peter MacKay, and Chief of the Defence
Staff General Tom Lawson, recognized Mental Health
Week and reiterated the Defence Team’s commitment to
the mental health of defence personnel and their families.
Funding Announced For Search And Rescue Prevention
And Response
Defence Minister Peter MacKay, and Lead Minister
for Search and Rescue, welcomed new funding for the
Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue
Association as part of an $8.1 million federal investment
in search and rescue prevention and response in Canada,
through the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund.
May 9:
CAF recognize National Nursing Week
Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of the Defence
Staff Gen Tom Lawson, recognized Canadian National
Nursing Week and the Defence Team’s commitment to the
health of military personnel and the services that men and
women nursing officers provide. As the pioneer of Canadian
military nursing, Matron Pope was the first woman to be
provided the rank, pay, and benefits of an officer in the
Canadian Army. Since those early beginnings, nurses have
served in every major conflict in which the CAF have engaged.
May 10:
Military Infrastructure improvements in Quebec
Three investments to improve military infrastructure in Quebec
were announced. A $826,000 contract for urgent repairs to
Defence Minister Peter MacKay (centre) opens the new 14 Wing Greenwood Health Services Centre.
the wooden structure of Building H-103, at the Saint-Jean
Garrison. H-103 houses the Saint-Jean Garrison clothing
stores, which serves the Canadian Forces Leadership and
Recruit School, a unit of the Canadian Defence Academy.
Also announced were two infrastructure improvement
projects at the Citadelle of Quebec. With an investment of
$2 million to be used to rebuild the wall of Mann’s Bastion,
to extend its life span, preserve its heritage character, and
ensure the safety of the pedestrians who use the Promenade
des gouverneurs, which runs along the Citadelle to the Dufferin
Terrace. The Government of Canada has also invested just
over $1 million to replace a boiler at the Citadelle of Quebec.
May 13:
Royal Canadian Air Force begins TigerEx 2013
Search and Rescue technicians, aircrew, maintainers, and
other support personnel from 8 Wing Trenton held an
annual search and rescue exercise in Churchill, Manitoba,
which ran from May 13-17.
May 14:
Opening of the Greenwood Health Services Centre
The William Hall VC Building, the new Health Services
Centre at 14 Wing Greenwood, was officially inaugurated.
The Health Services Centre project involved the construction
of a two-storey, 4,473 m2 facility that will significantly
improve the standard of health care provided to the community
at 14 Wing Greenwood. The new centre will provide direct,
comprehensive mental health services, medical, and dental
care to the Wing population, including space for a cadet
walk-in clinic.
Investments for Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre
A contract valued at approximately $11 million was awarded
to the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre of Cornwallis,
N.S., to provide the facilities and services required to operate
HMCS Acadia, the largest Sea Cadet Summer Training
Centre in Canada, for nine weeks over the next three summers
and provide year-round storage facilities.
Investments in the Cadet Program will help ensure cadets
continue to have the best possible support for their training.
May 15:
Investment in Primary Care Paramedic Training and
Infrastructure at CFB Gagetown
A contract was awarded for Primary Care Paramedic training
for CAF medical technicians, and for the renovation and
expansion of the Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre.
The overall value of the contract is approximately $7.6 million
for the initial two-year period, which may be followed by
a three-year option valued at $10 million. In addition, a
contract of $1.89 million has been awarded to renovate and
expand CFB Gagetown’s Military Family Resource Centre.
May 17:
Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Opens
The newly opened recruiting centre in Calgary will be responsible for the Prairies and the Canadian North in terms of
attracting, processing and recruiting Canadians interested
in a career in the CAF. As such, it will oversee any attraction
activities in those areas and will also assist with national
Diversity programs in the North. It will also partake in
mobile recruiting teams who will visit – a couple times a year,
based on demand – communities not directly serviced by a
recruiting centre.
May 21:
VAdm Paul Maddison Awarded the US Legion of
Merit
VAdm Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy,
was awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander)
by Admiral Jonathan Greenert, US Navy Chief of Naval
Operations, during a full honours ceremony at the Washington
Navy Yard on April 26. VAdm Maddison was recognized for
his dedication to superior maritime partnership and security
co-operation efforts with the US during his time as the
Commander Royal Canadian Navy.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
was presented with the insignia of Commander of the Order
of Military Merit (ORMM) by Governor General of Canada
David Johnston, during a special presentation in Toronto on
April 26.
His Royal Highness was in Toronto to perform a presentation of colours to the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian
Regiment, of which His Royal Highness has been Colonel-inChief since 1953.
Prince Philip was made an extraordinary Companion of
the Order of Canada simultaneously.
Typically, only serving members of the Canadian Armed
Forces (CAF) may be appointed as commanders, officers and
members of the ORMM The Constitution of the Order was
amended on April 22 to create a new division of membership. The newly created division allows, in addition to the
Governor General who is always appointed to the Order
when he/she becomes its Chancellor as Governor General,
for the appointment of members of the Royal Family
as extraordinary commanders, officers and members of
the ORMM.
Members of allied armed forces may also be appointed
as honorary commanders, officers and members of the Order.
Similar changes were made to the Constitution of the
Order of Canada at the same time.
His Royal Highness was the first person directly
appointed to the extraordinary division of both orders on
April 23.
PHOTO: Cpl Roxanne Shewchuk
Duke of Edinburgh First to Receive Order
Governor General David Johnston, presented the insignias
of Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of the
Order of Military Merit to His Royal Highness the Duke of
Edinburgh during a special presentation on April 26.
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CFDS
My Role in the CFDS features military and civilian personnel and
occupations throughout the Defence Team. Featured profiles use real-life
stories to illustrate the dedication, excellence and professionalism of
personnel and employees in their day-to-day jobs under the purview of the
Canada First Defence Strategy.
Corporate
Awards and
Recognition
The Corporate Awards and
Recognition Team are the vertebrae
in the backbone supporting employee
well-being — a key ingredient to the
personnel pillar in the Canada First
Defence Strategy. One of the programs the team is responsible for
is departmental recognition. The
team is made up of Anne Demers,
Grace Olha, Laurie Gariano,
Joanne Lavergne, Amélie Talbot, are
passionate about recognizing the
achievements that come out of the
daily work carried out by the
Defence Team.
“It’s one of the most rewarding
jobs I’ve had in my career,” admits
Ms. Olha. “But what really makes
the job special is being involved in
celebrating excellence.”
4) Promoting the external awards
– external awards outside the department that employees and members
are eligible for.
“Typically, our days start-out
addressing the ‘hot burning issues’
(HBI) requiring immediate attention,” says Ms. Olha. “Most HBIs
are related to our signature event,
the Corporate Awards ceremony
which we manage and oversee the
coordination from start-to-finish.”
Creative Solutions
Yet despite the daily office routine,
the opportunity for creative output
isn’t lost on this team, who regularly
innovate to improve Defence Team
managers’ awareness and delivery
of employee recognition.
PHOTOS: Cpl William White
“Everybody has a role to play in developing a culture
of a positive, rewards-based organization,” says Grace
Olha, acting team leader of the Corporate Awards
and Recognition Team. “As an employee, think about
the value of being recognized, the small gestures that
mean so much. Yet, how often do we do it?”
“We are fortunate to have outof-the-box thinkers,” adds Ms.
Gariano. “And we recently created
a new tool to encourage informal
recognition which has been
well received throughout the
organization.”
“We thought that managers
required another avenue to demonstrate informal recognition to their
employees,” says Ms. Gariano, “so
we developed a ‘Thank You’ card
using images from the CF Photo
Contest.”
The images selected were a blend
of military and non-military – a
panorama of an arctic landscape,
for example, with the name of the
photographer captioned on the card.
Each pack of 10 cards has a different
Management Tool
Recognition is a cornerstone of
organizational well-being and the
foundation of solid management.
“It really gives people that extra
boost we all need in our daily
working lives,” says Anne Demers,
manager of EAP, Well-being and
Awards & Recognition. “We need
to be acknowledged and we don’t do
enough of this in our workplace.
But, that’s what we’re about – it’s
about creating that kind of culture
within DND.”
The team has four lines of business driving its daily operations:
1) Running the annual DND
Corporate Awards Program;
2) Providing functional guidance
to groups/commands for their merit
awards program;
3) Managing the Long Service
Awards program;
“Everyone wins in the recognition program,” says Anne Demers.
image and these are now widely used
by managers to thank their people.
It’s a notch above a verbal ‘thank
you’ and they’re becoming quite
popular.
‘Thank You’ cards can be ordered
through the Corporate Awards &
Recognition Website. So far, DND
managers have ordered 3,000 cards.
Corporate Awards
Ceremony
The team’s focus is now firmly fixed
on preparing for their signature
event – the Corporate Awards ceremony at the Canadian War
Museum on June 18. Attendees usually walk away from this event feeling honoured to take part in this
celebration of excellence. According
to the group, the lead-up to the
event is exciting and intense, but
well worth the effort.
Each year, every group/command
submits nominations for individuals
or teams for a chance to be selected
for a Corporate Award. Four categories of awards are available to
nomination and are presented at the
ceremony, which include the new
Deputy Minister’s Award for
Excellence (civilian only), the Deputy
Minister’s Commendation, the
DM/CDS Innovation Award, and
the Management of HR Award
(Leadership and Employment Equity
categories). The recipients are presented their awards at an annual
ceremony hosted by the Deputy
Minister and the Chief of the
Defence Staff. Nominators are
also invited.
“We really need to recognize the
nominators in addition to the winners. They are the unsung heroes of
this process. Without people taking
the time to capture such important
achievements, we wouldn’t be aware
of the great work performed by the
Defence Team,” Ms. Olha says.
“At the end of the day, everyone
wins in the recognition program,”
sums up Ms. Demers. “The employees
and managers of the Defence
Team…it’s all about the people who
make a positive impact on our
organization.”
Visit the Corporate Awards &
Recognition Website nominate a
deserving member of the Defence
Team for a prestigious corporate
award: hrciv-rhciv.mil.ca/en/p-awards.
page?. Nominations are accepted
throughout the year.
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Stress, anxiety,
personal problems?
MWO Paul Flowers smiles with pride
while showing his 2005 Victory bike
in 2011, just days before driving the
bike onto the centre ice at the
Kingston Frontenac’s
hockey game for
military appreciation
night.
“It’s okay to ask for help,” says LieutenantColonel Stéphan Métivier, a signals officer
employed in Personnel Services, who oversees
policies, benefits and support programs available
to Canadian Army personnel. “It’s courageous
to ask for help and it’s smart.”
People encounter difficulties at work or at
home on a regular basis. It’s a fact of life.
Sometimes, those difficulties can be hard to
manage and possibly even overwhelming. While
some may try to solve these problems on their
own, it is important to know that support is
available within the Canadian Armed Forces
(CAF).
“If somebody is distressed, the first resources
available to them are their family and friends,
their unit and leadership— the people who
know them the best are really good resources,”
says LCol Suzanne Bailey, the senior staff officer
for social work and mental health training and
education in the CAF. “As well, CF Health
Services Clinics provide excellent access to
primary care providers such as doctors, nurse
practitioners and physician assistants as a starting point to receiving care.”
“We also have direct access to mental health
consultation through psychosocial services, so
CAF members can call or walk in to one of our
26 clinics across the country and get direct
services for mental health there,” she adds.
“Chaplains are also another resource for support, information, and referral; most people are
quite comfortable going to talk to a chaplain
and the Military Family Resource Centres have
also hired social workers to provide some clinical
services to families.”
Programs Available
In contacting any CF Health Services programs,
there is complete confidentiality, no stigma, and
no cost.
The CAF also offers a wide range of services
to support members and their families. The
“Guide to Benefits, Programs, and Services, for
CF Members and their Families” (www.cmpcpm.forces.gc.ca/cen/pub/gui/guide-eng.asp)
“
offers information on programs like the
Joint Personnel Support Unit, Career
Transition Assistance Programs and the
Family Information Line.
The Canadian Forces Member
Assistance Program (CFMAP) is another
place to turn to for help. Since its inception in
1999, the CFMAP has assisted nearly 43,000
members and their families in dealing with a
wide array of personal and professional concerns. The program offers support in areas
including marital and family concerns, personal
and emotional issues, stress, burn-out, workrelated issues such as harassment and problems
relating to drugs and alcohol.
“People often aren’t aware that their family
members can also access CFMAP, so if your
spouse or child wants to talk to someone, they
can receive up to eight counselling sessions for
a specific issue, at no cost to them,” says LCol
Bailey.
Military members and their families can
access CFMAP through a toll-free number,
1-800-268-7708, staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year by fully bilingual, professionally trained
in-take counsellors.
In case of emergencies, members may access
a physician during daily sick parade, or are
advised to contact their local emergency department. Members are also encouraged to speak
with their chain of command if they are struggling or have any concerns.
“It’s key that the chain of command makes
it known that they support people seeking help,”
says LCol Bailey. “If members know their supervisor is going to be supportive, then they’re
much more likely to tell their chain of command
what’s going on and be more open and transparent, which benefits everybody.”
“If a crisis doesn’t get dealt with, chances
are it gets worse and then it becomes a downward spiral that can be hard to get out of,” says
LCol Métivier. “It takes someone very courageous and strong to face these things. Doing
nothing might seem easier, but there is a price
to pay.”
If somebody is distressed, the first resources available to them
are their family and friends, their unit and leadership— the people
who know them the best are really good resources.
”
— LCol Suzanne Bailey
Photo: John Price
CAF programs
can help
Therapy on wheels:
Healing the wounds
of war through art
Master Warrant Officer Paul Flowers returned from his six-month tour in Afghanistan in
2008 a changed man. The man who loved to hunt, throw a ball with his son and take
Sunday joyrides on his motorcycle was anything but joyful.
MWO Flowers (then a sergeant) experienced things in Afghanistan that disturbed him,
troubled him, uplifted him and inspired him – things he still has a hard time putting into
words. His mind was a jumble of mixed emotions.
“You’re coming out of a hot war zone, your body and your brain has a hard time
slowing down,” he says. “It was hard to get used to the fact that I didn’t have to look over
my shoulder all the time.”
Building Infrastructure
MWO Flowers, a Royal Canadian Air Force mobile support equipment (MSE) operator,
served in remote areas of Afghanistan, including mostly the Panjwa’i district. He built
roads under the Construction Management Organization, a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
entity that was created for the purpose of improving local infrastructure and provided
local people with paid employment and opportunities to learn trade skills. Building paved
roads also allowed CAF troops and local residents to travel faster and more safely.
The team took great pride in helping local Afghans earn money, learn new skills and
help their fellow citizens lead better lives. Yet the pride MWO Flowers felt was not enough
to erase the anxiety members can be exposed to when working under the constant threat
of attack.
Threat became reality
MWO Flowers remembers a day when that threat became a reality.
“One afternoon a rocket came in and hit a tree where we would gather under every
day to have our end of day meetings. The shrapnel dispersed over our road equipment
and sea cans and just riddled everything full of holes. If the debrief we had that day had
been 20 minutes longer, our whole crew would have been under that tree at the time of
impact. Judging from the damage to our equipment, I don’t know that any of us would
have survived.”
While in-theatre, MWO Flowers was able to put his feelings aside, something he credits
to his training as a CAF member. Yet once he returned home, all the feelings
he had kept inside began to surface. His mind would wander back to Afghanistan and
he began driving his motorcycle just a little too fast, disappearing for hours.
Therapy on Wheels
Knowing he had to do something, MWO Flowers bought a 2005 Victory bike from a friend.
And with his help and supportive ear, MWO Flowers began to transform the bike by hand
into the extreme motorcycle it is today.
“I took all that energy and blended it together and made a creation. I don’t look at it
as a bike. I look at it as therapy on wheels and a piece of art. I doubt I would have been
able to build the bike the way it turned out if I had not been to Afghanistan because
the concept for everything on it is war-driven. I strongly believe, fully support and will
always be the first one to state, that people should get help from the system if they need
it. I just chose to deal with my feelings in a different way.”
One of MWO Flowers’ goals is to show the bike to other injured soldiers at some of
the Joint Personnel Support Units or Integrated Personnel Support Centres across Canada.
“Just to converse about what we experienced, what it was like to step out there every
day into the unknown and show that there are other ways to vent, to be productive and
to start recovery. If you wallow for too long, then you end up losing yourself and you might
get to a point where you won’t recover and never come back. You have to be strong and
strong-willed, reach out for help if you need it or find a way like I did of working through
it. Then it becomes easier to talk about, easier to deal with and then it eventually becomes
a distant memory, even though you never really forget it.”
For more on MWO Flowers and his extreme motorcycle, visit www.rcaf-arc.forces.
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Celebrating Public SERVANTS’
commitment to Canadians
It’s a time to celebrate the important work of federal public servants and to recognize their contributions to Canada during National
Public Service Week (NPSW) June 9-15.
Serving Canadians
The advice public servants provide to government and the services they deliver to
Canadians have a direct and positive
impact on our citizens’ security and
well-being.
Public servants patrol our coastlines,
secure our borders, keep our food supply
safe, ensure Canadians remain healthy,
negotiate international partnerships and
trade agreements that help our nation succeed in a competitive world.
While the spirit of NPSW has not
changed this year, the public service has
and it is more important then ever to celebrate the great work done by all members
of the Defence Team.
Managers understand the impact
change can have on their employees and
they have great pride in the dedication,
support and resiliency of public servants
in meeting challenges together.
Employer of Choice
For many, the Public Service of Canada
remains an employer of choice, especially
What does
National Public
Service Week
mean to you?
“Our public servants are central to the success of
Canada’s National Defence. Those of us in uniform
could not do what we do without the work and the
dedication of our civilian partners within the
Department of National Defence, as well as those
within other Government Departments. Side by side,
we at DND deliver a responsive and agile force that
is ready to answer the call to confront threats at home
and abroad. Together, we are the Defence Team.
I thank you for all you do to help keep Canada safe,
and for your service to all Canadians.”
for recent post-secondary graduates.
“Growing up, I was exposed to the
important role that the Public Service plays
in Canadian culture and society and knew
that working in the Public Service was a
great way to use my education and training
to make a difference in my country, while
continuing to challenge myself. Today, I
am so proud to be able to work for such
a dynamic organization and to serve the
interests of Canadians and Canadian
Armed Forces members in my daily work,”
shares Kristen Davison, marketing advisor
at Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)
and Steering Committee member of the
Defence Youth Network.
Civilian employees at DND can be
proud of their work and of the innovation
they have presented. These accomplishments can be seen across the Defence
Team on a daily basis, as well as at the
annual Corporate Awards ceremony which
takes place this month.
During this year’s NPSW, let’s be proud
of our role and celebrate our contribution
to Canadian society!
“Public Service Week is a time of refection, renewal
and celebration. Acknowledgement and celebration
are essential to fostering passion, making us, as a
team, feel valuable and giving us a real sense of
progress that makes our hard work worthwhile.”
- Nawal Moussa, Civilian Human Resource Planning
Officer for CMP, ADM (HR-Civ)
“NPSW week opens the understanding
of what is available for Public Service
workers and to show others the skills
with which we serve our fellow
Canadians.”
- Barbara Hughes, Administration
Assistant, Joint Personnel Support Unit
“For me, National Public Service Week is a
time to take stock and celebrate our successes. I came to Defence hearing of and
seeing examples of the exceptional work that
members of the Defence Team do each day.
Since arriving last month, these expectations
have not only been met, but have been
exceeded. To me, NPSW is a much deserved
time for all of us to be proud of the work we
do in serving Canadians and in protecting
Canadian values and interests.”
- Richard Fadden, Deputy Minister
of National Defence
- General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff
“Wow, how fortunate I have been to have gotten such a variety of jobs and responsibilities
– this is what National Public Service Week
means to me – an exciting and interesting
20+ year career in the Public Service! I am
proud of being a public servant and will continue to serve Canada with dedication and
determination.”
- Rama Narsing, Resource Analysisand
Compliance Services Officer, CFB Comox
“As public servants, we provide services to the
Canadian population with dedication, pride and honour. Unfortunately, we are also subject to criticisms
and the efforts that we deploy in the accomplishment
of our duties are often unrecognized. NPSW provides
a window to the work of those dedicated individuals
serving Canadians and is a way to recognize their
accomplishments and the positive role they play in
the Canadian society.”
- Daniel Gosselin, Transformation Project Manager
ADM(IM)
“(NPSW) gives us an opportunity to
see the equipment and the people we
support. It adds depth to what we do
and gives us a broader perspective of
our client’s needs and desires.”
- I.R. (Ian) Parkinson,Information
Systems Maintenance Technician
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HLCol dedicated to preserving
Canadian Military History
Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice Chancellor of
Huntington University, and also the Honorary Lieutenant
Colonel (HLCol) of the Irish Regiment of Canada, is a man
extremely dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices made by
the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
are not only preserved, but also honoured by this and future
generations of Canadians.
18-Month Mission
On April 16, he began an 18-month personal mission to mark
the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War by
travelling across the country offering personal donations of
items of historic value to museums, military associations and
units, as well as reuniting medals and personal effects with
family members.
HLCol McCormick will be making hundreds of donations
of various items, such as the memorial cross, the victory medal
and meritorious service decorations, as well as hundreds of
personal effects from fallen soldiers. He has personally
purchased all of these items with his own resources in order
to ensure that “the rich history of the Canadian military is
both honoured and preserved as a lesson for both this generation
and for generations to follow”.
“I am both humbled and privileged to play a small part to
thank and honour the sacrifices made by the members of the
Canadian Armed Forces as well as the contributions made by
their families and loved ones,” says HLCol McCormick.
Challenge issued and accepted
On May 2, HLCol McCormick made a presentation to the
Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp) of the
medals and Canadian Provost Corps accoutrements from Lance
Corporal Henry Horricks. With this presentation, he made the
challenge to the CF MP Gp to seek out the background of
Lance Corporal Horricks to honour his life and to promote
the history of our members. He also made a generous donation
to the Military Police to support its heritage efforts.
The Deputy Commander of the CF MP Gp, LieutenantColonel Robert Delaney, respectfully accepted these donations
and committed to the request of HLCol McCormick to learn
more about one of our former members.
“Your efforts to preserve and promote Canadian military
heritage is truly admirable,” said LCol Delaney. “Your donation
of the items from Canadian Provost Corps Lance Corporal
Horricks is a reminder of the proud heritage entrusted to
us and following generations so that we may never forget
their sacrifices.”
LCol Robert Delaney, deputy commander of the CF MP Gp,
accepts war medals and accoutrements of a former Military
Police member from Dr. Kevin McCormick, who is travelling
Canada in an effort to ensure Canadian war artefacts are
preserved appropriately. CWO Richard Day, the Regimental
Sergeant-Major, CF MP Gp, is also present.
rights
in the workplace
The Department of National Defence (DND) and
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are committed to
providing a respectful workplace by promoting prevention and prompt resolution of discrimination which
is prohibited under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The recent publication of Defence Administrative
Orders and Directives (DAOD) 5516-0 and DAOD
5516-1 harmonize DND/CAF policy on human rights
in the workplace and are intended to be comprehensive
documents to be referred to.
Essentially, DAOD 5516-0 lays out the obligation
of Defence Team members to comply with and respect
human rights standards of behaviour and conduct in
the workplace with regards to the 11 prohibited
grounds of discrimination. DAOD 5516-1 provides
clear information on how human rights complaints
are processed within DND/CAF. These administrative
orders and directives supersede the CAF Administrative
Order 19-40 entitled Human Rights Discrimination
and the Civilian Personnel Administrative Order 2.02
entitled Human Rights-Discrimination.
The publication of these human rights DAODs
reflect the goals of the Defence Team to be an inclusive
organization that values all its members, strives to
provides a fair and supportive work environment and
offers barrier-free work conditions reflective of the
diversified Canadian workforce.
DAOD 5516-0 and DAOD 5516-1 can be found
by consulting the following Website: http://admfincs.
mil.ca/admfincs/subjects/daod.
Rolling across the
country for charity
Once again, Military Police, volunteers, and civilian supporters
of our troops are gearing up for the 5th Annual Military Police
National Motorcycle Relay Ride (MPNMRR), which is due
to hit the open road in St. John’s, NL on August 2.
On April 23, Major Bob Edwards, the 2012 Ontario Ride
Captain, accompanied by other riders, presented a $75,000
cheque to the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Military
Police Fund for Blind Children. These funds were raised during
the 2012 coast-to-coast ride, which set a new record for the
ride’s fundraising initiatives.
“We are extremely proud of the significant contribution
made by the MPNMRR to the Military Police Fund for Blind
Children,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Gilles Sansterre, chair of
the fund, “The lives of many visually impaired children across
this country are enriched by this generous donation.”
Longest annual motorcycle
relay in world
The MPNMRR is the longest annual motorcycle relay in
the world with national riders covering in excess of
10,000 kilometres during the event. When the 5th annual
MPNMRR kicks off on “The Rock” motorcycle enthusiasts
will roll their throttles out of St. John’s, NL and will visit
all of the major military establishments across Canada, arriving
in Victoria, B.C. August 25. Courageous riders will also
venture south from the frigid conditions of the Northwest
Territories for the second year in a row, riding a whopping
3,459 kilometres.
Since riders rolled out of St. John’s, NL for the first ride in
2009, over $170,000 has been raised for numerous charities.
This year funds raised will support the Military Police
Fund for Blind Children nationwide and the Children’s Wish
Foundation in select provinces.
Lamont French, the MPNMRR national chairperson,
has been involved in the ride since its initial launch in 2009
and is very passionate about fundraising for kids stating,
“The privilege of paying it forward to children is an honour.”
How to support, donate,
participate
Join the 5th annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay
Ride, as it rolls through your area between. All motorcycle
enthusiasts are welcome to participate, whether it is as a
national, provincial or local rider. For more information
on the ride, how to register, become a sponsor, donate, or
participate in on-line auctions, visit the MPNMRR Website
at www.mpnmrr.ca.
The MPNMRR is the longest annual motorcycle relay in the
world with national riders covering in excess of 10,000 from
Newfoundland to British Columbia.
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Unlikely Canadian Heroine:
Laura Secord
home relegating the family to the kitchen
and a bedroom.
After the evening meal, it became routine for the Americans to relax and chitchat about the war. It remains unclear how
events played out at the Secord house on the
evening of June 22, but the American commander at Queenston, Colonel Charles
Boerstler, joined his subordinates for dinner. Col
Boerstler disclosed plans for a surprise attack
against Lieutenant James FitzGibbon and the tiny
British detachment at Beaver Dams, a staging area for
raiding parties against the Americans. The situation was
critical since taking Beaver Dams would have ceded full control
over the Niagara Peninsula to the Americans, a fate the struggling British colony could ill-afford.
I
n a year characterized by a torrent of violence following
President James Madison’s declaration of war against
Britain, by 1813 Americans and Canadians had exchanged
countless death blows on the battlefields along their border in
an international struggle for continental mastery. The bloodiest
and most frequent clashes took place along the lush Niagara
frontier where the destruction was total and the misery and
suffering a tragic consequence of military action.
The fortunes of war in June 1813 looked grim for Upper
Canadians. American troops sacked the capital at York two
months before and now occupied large areas in today’s “Golden
Horseshoe”, including the town of Queenston.
In the midst of the melee in Queenston, a petite and unassuming woman originally from Massachusetts, Laura Ingersoll
Secord, would play a vital role in this global contest.
Peaceful Existence
She lived a peaceful existence with her husband James Secord,
operating a prosperous business in Queenston and raising five
children. Like numerous families during the War of 1812, this
idyllic existence was taken away from the Secords given the
family’s involvement in the colony’s defence: James was a sergeant in the 1st Lincoln Militia. He fought at the Battle of
Queenston Heights and was badly wounded. Laura, receiving
word that James needed help, ran to the battlefield and found
her wounded husband. Legend suggests that Laura appeared
on the battlefield as three American soldiers were preparing to
club her husband to death. Laura intervened, offering to
exchange her life for his. The Americans were eventually dispersed and the Secords were permitted to return home finding
it had been ransacked by the invaders.
When the Americans recommenced their occupation of
Queenston in May 1813, they arrested and imprisoned all males
of military age. James, still recovering from his wounds, was
exempt from deportation. But the family wasn’t spared from
the privations of war: American officers moved into the Secord
Comprehending the necessity of warning the British, Laura
resolved to deliver the message to Lt FitzGibbon early the next
morning. Laura feared, quite rightly, that she would encounter
American sentries along the direct route to Beaver Dams so
she proceeded through the woods. She walked to St. David’s
where she was joined by her niece Elizabeth and then to
Shipman’s Corners (now St. Catharines). Elizabeth became
exhausted and Laura continued alone, uncertain of the way
but following the general direction of Twelve Mile Creek. That
evening, after crossing the creek on a fallen tree, Laura stumbled
upon a friendly Mohawk war party encampment.
Eighteen hours and almost 32 kilometres after she began
her trek, Laura was ushered into Lt FitzGibbon’s headquarters, where, in exhaustion, she relayed the story of the
American surprise attack. Lt FitzGibbon subsequently
received intelligence reports from scouts in the area
Laura Secord feared, quite rightly,
that an American force was on the move, corrobothat she would encounter American
rating Laura’s information. Lt FitzGibbon’s suspicions were now confirmed. Appreciating the
sentries along the direct route to
strategic advantage he could muster by launching
Beaver Dams so she proceeded
his own ambush, Lt FitzGibbon acted, dispatching
the Indian force with about 50 British soldiers. The
through the woods.
smaller Indian war party attacked the column,
wounding the American commander who dined in
Laura’s house two evenings before. Then in a gutsy
move, Lt FitzGibbon negotiated with the wounded American Sad twist in Secord’s Story
commander and while concealing the actual size of his force, There is a sad twist to Laura’s story. The war hadn’t been kind
to the Secords. The family business was now destroyed and the
persuaded Col Boerstler to surrender his troops.
Laura returned secretly to her family behind enemy lines Secords lived in poverty, surviving off James’ tiny war pension.
When he died in 1841, Laura was left destitute. She turned to
and her story remained a secret.
In Lt FitzGibbon’s official report, no mention was made needle work and opened a small school in her cottage which
of Laura’s role. Yet the junior officer later wrote that the victory operated for a brief period.
On several occasions, the Secords unsuccessfully petitioned
at Beaver Dams was a direct result of Laura’s trek and her
“strong and persistent will”. The Niagara Peninsula remained the government for some kind of acknowledgement. In 1860,
a British-Canadian possession given the victory which demoral- when Laura was 85, the Prince of Wales heard of her story.
ized the remaining Americans left behind at Fort George. At Chippawa, he was made aware of Laura Secord’s plight as
They rarely launched patrols to engage the British, choosing an aging widow and sent an award of £100 pounds sterling.
It was the only official recognition she received during
instead to abandon Fort George just six months after their
her lifetime.
hard-fought victory.
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Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered
PHOTO: National Archives of Canada
More than 23,000 jump-smocked paratroopers, from three Allied
Airborne Divisions, leapt into the night skies over Normandy on the
evening of June 5, 1944, launching the largest military invasion in
history.
The D-Day assault, a huge and complex undertaking, was a multinational, combined operation involving hundreds of thousands of
sailors, soldiers and airmen whose mission was to deliver freedom to
Nazi-occupied Europe.
Operation Overlord
Two French boys, one wearing a
Scottish regimental Glengarry,
salutes Canadian soldiers as
they liberate Boissons, France,
June 19, 1944.
Overall command of Operation Overlord belonged to American General
Dwight D. Eisenhower, a commander known for his conciliatory nature
who united the extreme personalities making up the senior Allied
command structure in England. British General Bernard L. Montgomery
was appointed as the ground forces commander.
As a testament to Canada’s war effort, Supreme Allied Command
tasked the Canadians the responsibility of their own invasion beach,
the only nation other than the United States and Britain accorded this
honour.
The five beaches—Gold and Sword for the British, Utah and Omaha
for the Americans, and Juno for the Canadians—were well defended
and had been beefed up under the supervision of the superb
Afrikakorps Commander, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Backing
Rommel and the Atlantic Wall were 10 Panzer-Grenadier Divisions,
all in operation by the end of June 6.
The volume of men and materiel involved in the Normandy invasion was astounding: three airborne divisions, along with five infantry
divisions, supported by armoured units from three nations to be
landed on five separate beaches. Thousands of aircraft and 7,000
vessels had to be coordinated in order to move those personnel from
Britain to assault the Nazi defences on the northern coast of France.
Juno Beach
By day’s end, 340 Canadians were killed with 574 wounded and 47
taken prisoner. Of all the divisions that landed on June 6, the Canadians
gained the most ground by sundown. But D-Day represented much
more than the one-day affair we commemorate today. The Normandy
invasion marked the beginning of the end of Hitler’s brutal grip over
Europe and the re-birth of freedom across Europe was delivered by
Gen Eisenhower’s multinational liberators.
PHOTO: Capt Fraser Clark
Intelligence Operative
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PSP Recreation Staff:
Role Models and Confidence Builders
ASK THE
EXPERT:
Q: It has been a long time since I’ve been physically active,
but I am now striving to get back in shape. I’ve been participating in intramural sports lately and recently took up running and
weight lifting. The only downside is that I am sore all the time
and am afraid that if I keep going at this pace I am at risk of
injury. Am I simply over-reacting?
Photo: CFMWS
A: People can injure themselves in a variety of ways if they’re
A crafty challenge between kids and councillors at PSP Recreation Summer Camp at CFB Petawawa.
The weather is warming, the jackets
are coming off, and we’re nearing the
end of another school year. For
11-year-old Dylan Ouellet, the
excitement is building as he awaits
summer camp at CFB Petawawa.
“Dylan has special needs,”
explains Kristine Ouellet, a military
spouse and Dylan’s mother. “The
PSP Recreation staff members truly
are guardian angels, they take the
time to get to know the children,
realizing everyone is unique. With
Dylan, they’ve built a special bond
that will last a lifetime.”
Dylan struggles with change, but
with the help of dedicated Personnel
Support Programs (PSP) staff, his
confidence has blossomed. By the
end of last summer he was even
getting up on a horse.
Recreational
Benefits
When children participate in recreational play, they develop physically,
emotionally, socially, and cognitively. What they learn at play provides a strong foundation that will
help prepare them for future life
experiences. Positive experiences help
children become more confident,
more likely to remain physically
active throughout their lives and
contribute more to the community.
HIGH FIVE
PSP Community Recreation recognizes the importance of creating
these types of opportunities for
Canadian Armed Forces families. To
ensure the highest quality standard,
departments are HIGH FIVE® registered organizations. HIGH FIVE
is Canada’s quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. Through
its certification and training program, HIGH FIVE provides PSP
lifeguards, coaches and day camp
leaders with the skills they need to
support the safety, well-being and
the healthy development of
participants.
“We train our staff to be role
models and builders of supportive
relationships,” says Felecia
Arsenault, a PSP HIGH FIVE
trainer at CFB Petawawa. “The
establishment of caring, positive, and
supportive relationships with adults
can help children develop positive
social skills, boost self-esteem, and
build resiliency. These skills can
help children in military families face
the challenges unique to their
lifestyle.”
Ms. Ouellet says that PSP
recreation staff made special efforts
to help Dylan participate and
make friends with others. This was
extremely helpful during her
husband’s three deployments.
“It’s not just a camp and councillors, it’s a family, a support system
and a connection to the community,”
she explains. “The warmth and
caring they give our (military community) kids makes all difference
in the world.”
PSP Recreation Programs are
available from coast to coast.
Children in military families can take
part in a wide variety of activities,
including everything from archery
lessons to swimming teams to
drama clubs. To discover more, visit
www.cfgateway.ca.
not aware of their body’s limitations. Many sports injuries, such
as a dislocated shoulder or herniated disc, are common among
professional athletes, but not as frequent among the average
person working out. What is extremely common is getting
injured by training too much, too hard and too soon. An example
is the person who hasn’t run in 10 years and one day decides
to jog 10 km. This type of workout will often end with injury or
soreness.
Excessive training occurs at every level, including Olympic
hopefuls and the local fun run. In every case, it happens when
you don’t allow your body sufficient time to adapt before
increasing effort. You are most vulnerable when just initiating
your fitness program and starting at a level that is much too
demanding. It takes time for the body to adapt to the stresses
of training.
Regardless of your fitness level, progress your training slowly
and carefully. No two people will adapt at the same rate, so it’s
impossible to provide an exercise routine that will work for
everyone. If you haven’t ran in a while, try walking for a month
or two first. Try alternating high impact activities such as running, with low impact activities like swimming. Make sure you
rest at least one day per week and gently increase your training
load. If you follow these injury prevention strategies you will
be spending more time in the gym and less time in
physiotherapy.
Answer
provided
by
Strengthening the Forces.
Send any related questions
to: +Internal Communications
[email protected](PA)@OttawaHull. Only selected questions
will be answered in subsequent columns.
Safe summer training
Did you know June is
Recreation Month?
The summertime, for many, is the best time to produce substantial fitness gains and meet set goals. But as easy as
summer training may appear, plenty of people end up over-training and injuring themselves. Make the most of your
summer training by following a few tips to help you reach your objectives while also staying injury-free.
Celebrate recreational
benefits and enter the
Discover Your Adventure
Contest for your chance
to win a recreationfilled family getaway in
Alberta’s Kananaskis region.
Visit www.cf-rec.ca to
enter!
• Hydrate - Drinking plenty of fluids is essential in
avoiding muscle cramps and promoting recovery. It’s
very hot during the summer; water will be your best
friend.
• Warm up and Stretch – Warming up before any strenuous exercise will loosen-up your muscle tissues and
thus prevent injury or painful soreness. Stretch after
you exercise to keep your muscles flexible.
• Pace yourself – Start slowly and gradually increase
your workout load as you get more comfortable.
Rushing into an activity can lead to cramps and muscle
damage.
• Take a few rest days – Rest is as important as working
hard in the gym. Without rest you cannot recover and
improve. Rest will give you some extra time to yourself,
as well as more energy upon your return to the gym.
• Eat a balanced diet – Meals rich in carbohydrates and
protein will help build and repair your muscles tissues
as well as provide a great source of energy throughout
the day.
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Defence
Ethics Programme
Rank Assumptions
Part II
“Hey, I hear Chief Warrant Officer Pelley is taking his commission. That really surprises me,” says Master Corporal Fry.
“Why?” asks Sergeant Cheung, who works MCpl Fry in a
large fleet maintenance depot. “The officer’s salary will add to
his pension. It sounds smart to me.”
“CWO Pelley is one of the best non-commissioned member
(NCM) I’ve ever worked for – I’m happy for him and I think
he’s earned it,” says Sgt Cheung.
“Well, he’s kind of going over to the dark side, don’t you
think?” asks MCpl Fry.
“What are you talking about?” asks Sgt Cheung, “if you
mean that by taking his commission he is selling out, I think
you are wrong.”
Sgt Cheung was kind of irritated at how this discussion
was going, so he headed back into his office. He disregarded
the conversation he had with MCpl Fry since he knew that
MCpl Fry often exaggerated and liked to ‘stir the pot’.
Later that day, Sgt Cheung walked into the lunchroom
to get a cup of coffee and heard several members discussing
CWO Pelley’s pending promotion, including MCpl Fry. “Yeah,
I do think CWO Pelley is selling out,” said Warrant Officer
Nic Briere. “Me too,” added MCpl Fry, “what’s wrong with
being a CWO? The salary is excellent and he’s got a lot of
authority and responsibility.” The other members in the
conversation (corporals and a few other master corporals)
agreed with them both. WO Briere continued, “he’ll turn into
every other officer I know: hiding behind a desk and blaming
everything that goes wrong on the troops, in other words – us!
As for me, I work hard for a living.”
Sgt Cheung was not impressed with what he heard,
especially from WO Briere. “He should know better,” Sgt Cheung
thought to himself, “CWO Pelley will make an excellent officer.”
Since Sgt Cheung joined the military several years ago, he
always hated the way some of his colleagues turned the division
between the non-commissioned members and the commissioned officers into something really negative, with comments
like ‘officers don’t really work as hard’ or that ‘they all have
cushy jobs in Ottawa’. While he firmly believed in the chain of
command, and he had come across some officers who were
clearly better than others, he didn’t paint them all with the
same negative brush. One thing was certain, he was concerned
that the negative assumptions being spouted by WO Briere and
MCpl Pelley would influence the more junior members of the
unit. He wondered what he could do to prevent that.
From an ethical perspective, what are your thoughts on
this scenario? Should Sgt Cheung be concerned about what
he heard?
RCAF crew helps
medevac injured
hiker
The crew of an RCAF Cormorant helicopter
assisted RCMP and Ground Search and Rescue
(GSAR) crews to evacuate an injured hiker from
the banks near Chehalis River, north of Chilliwack,
B.C., on May 20.
The hiker had been walking a narrow trail along
the Chehalis when he fell approximately 30 metres
to a rocky outcropping below. Although GSAR
and RCMP were able to locate the man and provide
aid, they requested assistance from the Canadian
Armed Forces (CAF) to evacuate the man as the
challenging nature of terrain would have made
evacuation by ground difficult.
The Cormorant helicopter from 442 Transport
and Rescue Squadron, 19 Wing Comox, arrived
overhead just after midnight.
“We had excellent communication with the
GSAR personnel and we were able to locate the
scene quickly,” said Captain Luc Coates, aircraft
commander. “Because of the tall trees and steep
terrain, we had to hover quite high and it took a
lot of cooperation amongst the crew to ensure
we got our Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR
Techs) on the ground and the patient hoisted
safely.”
After a hoist of 73 metres, the SAR Techs
worked with the GSAR team to get the patient into
a rescue litter, in stable condition.
Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents under the
federal SAR mandate are defined as all aircraft
incidents and all marine incidents in waters under
federal jurisdiction. With the exception of federally
owned National Parks, the overall responsibility
for land and inland water search and rescue rests
with the provinces, territories and municipalities.
The CAF may, however, provide assistance to land
and inland water rescues when possible.
Flight Engineer, Cpl Will Kerby, prepares to bring an injured
hiker inside a Cormorant helicopter after being hoisted
from the banks of the Chehalis River, B.C. on May 20.
Change of Authority
We all have assumptions based on what we observe, particularly
when we serve a hierarchical organization. We also have a job
to do, based on a combination of carefully-designed qualifications,
rank and experience. But when we act on our badly-informed
assumptions, the effects on the workplace environment can be
damaging. Stating an assumption about others who serve the
same organization, one obviously based on wrong or stereotyped information, is disloyal to the organization and shows
a clear lack of respect for its structure and its leadership at the
NCM and officer levels. In this case, it also has the potential
to spread disinformation to other members who are not as
experienced or knowledgeable. Our loyalty should be to the
overall organization we serve, not to stereotypes that get spread.
We should openly question statements based on incorrect or
exaggerated information. That goes a long way towards breaking
down stereotypes that serve absolutely no purpose.
Photo: Sgt Douglas Desrochers
mini-Commentary:
MGen James Ferron (right), the outgoing Commander of Canadian Contribution Training Mission
and Deputy Commanding General-NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, signs the Transfer of
Command Authority Scrolls over to incoming Commander, MGen Dean Milner at a parade held at
Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 24. The Ambassador of Canada to the Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan, Glenn V. Davidson was a witness to the event.
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Update on CAF Recruiting
The Canadian Forces Recruiting Group (CFRG) structure has
been subject to a number of changes over the last 20 years.
Over that time, recruiting and training services have been amalgamated and then separated again, the number of Recruiting
Centres and Detachments has changed and the way services
are provided have been modified.
What hasn’t changed, however, is the core mandate of the
CFRG. It continues to support the operational capability of
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) by attracting, processing,
selecting and enrolling Canadian citizens to join the Regular
Force, and we also continue to process the requests of Canadian
citizens who wish to join the Primary Reserve or the Cadet
Organizations Administration and Training Service.
Web-based approach
In the recent years, the CFRG has faced a new challenge in
how it reaches Canadians; the younger generation is more
active on the Web and communicates almost exclusively on
social media, and so the CFRG must follow suit.
With over 1,300 Web-based applications received in the first
two weeks of the current fiscal year, the CFRG is continuing
its shift to see all applications being processed on-line within
a few years. The Group is also developing a robust on-line
presence and will soon partake in social media chats to ensure
that its voice is heard over many other voices.
This does not mean, however, that the storefront Recruiting
Centres will disappear from the landscape. To the contrary, the
CAF Recruiting Centres and Detachments are ever more
present with new office spaces and a new national brand image.
The current recruiting structure comprises six geographical
areas and 26 detachments in the main population centres with
reach across the nation.
Recruitment successful and
challenging
Recruiting has been extremely successful, with approximately
30, 000 applications received each year. Some specialized military
occupations still represent a recruiting challenge though and
efforts must be focussed on these occupations to ensure that
the CAF continue to put the right people to work in the right
place at the right time. With just over 4,000 positions available this year, the
competition will remain uncompromising. Although Canadians
can apply with as little as a Grade 10 education, the chances
for receiving an employment offer increase dramatically with
more advanced education and experience. If you know someone
interested in joining the CAF, encourage them to apply on-line
at www.Forces.ca.
Quick
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such as Naval Combat Systems Engineering, Electrical
and Mechanical Engineering and Combat Engineering.
The Meteorological Technician and Pilot occupations
(through a Community College program) also have
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The military police Veterans
collect for blind children Review and
The Canadian military police deployed on Operation ATTENTION
Roto 2 had their American counterparts join them in their first
combined charity activity, raising just over $4,100.
Funds were collected for the Military Police Fund for
Blind Children during a Spin-O-Thon held in Camp Phoenix,
Kabul. In the spirit of co-operation, six Canadian teams
and two American teams competed in the event. Each team
consisted of 12 participants who pedaled for one hour on
stationary bikes.
“We encourage initiatives like this Spin-O-Thon because
they embody the values of sharing, generosity and altruism,
values held dear by the Canadians we represent in Afghanistan,”
says Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen MacDonald, commander
National Command and Support Element (NCSE).
The initiative for the activity came from Master
Corporal Cory Taylor, an NCSE military police member from
Montréal, Que., whose home unit is Canadian Forces National
Investigation Service in Ottawa. MCpl Taylor has devoted
much of his time to organizing, promoting and coordinating
the event. To increase charitable donations, he added a “pay-tostay” component under which the cyclists would make an additional donation to encourage participation by members of the
chain of command, all of whom enthusiastically took part.
The spirit of competition developed from the start of the
Spin-O-Thon and drove participants to push their personal
limits, combining the values of physical fitness and generosity.
Overall, the 96 participants covered a distance of over 3,000 km
on stationary bikes. The winning team cycled close to 450 km,
second and third place teams pedaled 422 km and 412 km
respectively.
Members of Op ATTENTION Roto 2 also raised funds
for this cause in March with $590 in proceeds from a ball hockey
tournament, bringing the total collected to $4,700, a new record
for a rotation of Op ATTENTION.
The Military Police Fund for Blind Children was founded
in 1957 to help visually impaired children up to the age of 21.
The Fund is operated exclusively by volunteers from the
Military Police. For more info visit www.mpfbc.com.
Spin-O-Thon held
at Camp Phoenix,
Kabul, Afghanistan:
CWO Martin Colbert,
(left) Col Roch Pelletier,
MWO Nelson Babin,
LCol Stephen MacDonald
and LT1 James Robson
(US Army) pedalled for
the Military Police Fund
for Blind Children.
Photo: Sgt Doug Desrochers
Appeal Board:
Apply to become a member
The Veterans Review and Appeal Board is the independent tribunal that offers an avenue of appeal for disability
benefits decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
The Board is continually looking for qualified individuals
for the position of board member, and encourages those
with military experience to apply. The next application
deadline is August 31.
The Board holds hearings for individuals seeking
redress of their VAC disability benefit decisions. Board
members, who are impartial decision-makers, take a
completely new look at every case. They make a full and
fair examination of every file, listen to testimony and ask
questions, weigh all the evidence, and write decisions with
reasons for the ruling.
Interested candidates must meet the selection criteria
to ensure they have the skills and abilities to make
decisions for Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and
RCMP members, and their families. Board members are
appointed by the Governor in Council after qualifying
through an open and merit-based selection process
that recognizes the value of military, medical, policing,
and legal experience. Currently, almost half of the
Board’s members have military, RCMP, or medical
backgrounds.
Once appointed, all members undergo a rigorous
training program that supports them in making fair,
well-reasoned decisions that satisfy the requirements of
the legislation. They are required to deal with a heavy
workload – approximately 20 cases per week, and hear
cases in locations across Canada.
To find out more about the position of board member
and how to apply, please visit the “Chair and Members”
section of the Board’s Website at: www.vrab-tacra.gc.ca.
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TRIDENT FURY
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xercise TRIDENT FURY 13 came to a conclusion over
Victoria Day weekend in Esquimalt, B.C. The biennial
joint naval exercise hosted by Maritime Forces Pacific
took place on and around Vancouver Island from May 3 to 19.
More than 2,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen, and airwomen from
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the United States
participated in a full spectrum of air, land, and sea tactical
warfare training with the aim of strengthening communication
and coordination between coalition forces.
Participation with JOINTEX 13
Ex TRIDENT FURY 13 broke new ground this year as a
portion of the exercise was incorporated into the larger, joint,
national-level exercise JOINTEX 13. JOINTEX, a nation-wide
joint training exercise, aimed to maximize the way in which the
CAF train and develop into a ready force for future operations.
TRIDENT FURY’s participation within JOINTEX entailed
littoral operations and the ship-to-shore movement of approximately 150 troops of the Canadian Army. Comprising a land
component from the Royal 22e Regiment, Patrol Pathfinders,
clearance divers from Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific), mine countermeasure training, and various air and naval assets, this event served
to promote joint interoperability in a littoral environment.
“These training opportunities provide us with the capabilities
to achieve a joint, integrated, agile, and ready force,” said
Commodore Scott Bishop, commander of Canadian Fleet
Pacific and exercise director. “These realistic scenarios played
out over the last two weeks have enhanced our ability in future
operations at home and abroad.”
On May 17 and 18, HMCS Ottawa and Algonquin embarked
members of the Canadian Army as they prepared to conduct
amphibious landings.
Photo: Sgt Norm McLean
Ex TRIDENT FURY
“Exercises like this increase our knowledge base and
create opportunities to develop our tactics for various
operations,” said Petty Officer, 2nd Class Adam Callaghan,
HMCS Ottawa’s Electronic Warfare Supervisor and
Regulating Petty Officer (RPO). “As the RPO, it’s especially
challenging when we embark personnel from another element,
but we were excited to have them on board.”
Operations Room Officer and Information Management
Director students were tested through numerous live fire exercises,
as well as complex air, surface, and subsurface operations
involving HMCS Victoria and US Navy surface units.
Land Component
Once off the ships, the land component of the exercise involved
the movement of soldiers in platoon-sized groups through
semi-permissive geography where multiple objectives of varying
difficulty needed to be achieved over a 24-hour period. At the
same time, a CP-140 Aurora circled overhead providing imagery
and information to the troops on the ground. Upon completion
of the objectives, the troops returned to the ships as the
culminating part of the exercise.
“It was joint operations at its finest,” added Cmdre Bishop.
“We successfully demonstrated that we can bring all three
services together and work together as one.” Ex TRIDENT
FURY 13 successfully concluded on May 19, and has set the
stage for future Canadian Fleet Pacific exercises.
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’exercice TRIDENT FURY 2013 a pris fin au cours de
la fin de semaine de la fête de la Reine, à Esquimalt, en
Colombie-Britannique. L’exercice naval bisannuel interarmées tenu par les Forces maritimes du Pacifique a eu lieu du
3 au 19 mai sur l’île de Vancouver et dans les environs. Plus de
2 000 marins, soldats et aviateurs des forces canadiennes et
états-uniennes ont participé à l’ensemble de l’instruction
portant sur la guerre tactique aérienne, terrestre et maritime
en vue de renforcer la communication et la coordination entre les
forces de la coalition.
Photo: MCpl/Cplc Patrick Blanchard
CAF conclude
L’intégration à JOINTEX 2013
After strapping his fins to his ruck sac, Cpl Eric Gauthier, of the R22eR Valcartier,
slowly pushes his way through the water on his way back to shore, after jumping
out of a RCAF CC-130 Hercules aircraft.
Après avoir sauté d’un aéronef CC-130 Hercules de l’ARC, le Cpl Eric Gauthier,
du R22eR, basé à Valcartier, avance lentement dans l’eau pour gagner la plage.
L’ex TRIDENT FURY 2013 a innové cette année puisqu’une
partie de l’exercice a été intégrée à un vaste exercice interarmées
national, JOINTEX 2013. Cet entraînement interarmées
national visait à maximiser la façon dont les FAC s’entraînent
et se perfectionnent en vue des opérations futures. L’intégration
de cette partie de l’exercice TRIDENT FURY à JOINTEX a
nécessité des opérations littorales et un débarquement d’environ
150 soldats de l’Armée canadienne. Grâce à une composante
terrestre formée d’éléments du Royal 22e Régiment, d’éclaireurspatrouilleurs, de plongeurs-démineurs de l’Unité de plongée
de la Flotte (Pacifique), de spécialistes de la lutte contre les
mines et de diverses ressources aériennes et navales, l’activité
a permis de favoriser l’interopérabilité interarmées dans un
milieu côtier.
« Ces possibilités d’entraînement nous permettent de
constituer une force interarmées intégrée, souple et prête »,
affirme le commodore Scott Bishop, commandant de la Flotte
canadienne du Pacifique et directeur de l’exercice. « Ces scénarios
fidèles à la réalité se sont déroulés au cours des deux dernières
semaines et ont augmenté nos chances de mener à bien les
opérations futures au pays et à l’étranger. »
Les 17 et 18 mai, les militaires de l’Armée canadienne sont
montés à bord des NCSM Ottawa et Algonquin en vue d’effectuer
des débarquements.
Capt Daniel Powell watches over
the edge of a CH-124 Sea King
helicopter as a litter is hoisted onto
HMCS Victoria, during recovery
practices.
À bord d’un hélicoptère CH-124 Sea
King, le Capt Daniel Powell participe
à la descente d’une civière à bord
du NCSM Victoria dans le cadre
d’exercices.
A sailor from HMCS Algonquin climbs
through a hatch during fire drill exercises
to ensure survivability at sea, off the
coast of British Columbia.
Soldiers from the R22eR jump
off their rigid-hull inflatable boat
near CFB Esquimalt.
Des soldats du R22eR descendent de
leur canot pneumatique à coque rigide,
près de la BFC Esquimalt.
La composante terrestre
La composante terrestre de l’exercice exigeait le déplacement
de soldats en groupes de la taille d’un peloton dans un milieu
semi-permissif où ces derniers devaient atteindre des objectifs
multiples de diverses difficultés au cours d’une période
de 24 heures. Au même moment, un CP-140 Aurora s’occupait
de fournir des images et des renseignements aux militaires au
sol. Après l’atteinte des objectifs, l’exercice battant son plein,
les soldats sont revenus à bord des navires.
« Il s’agit d’opérations interarmées à leur meilleur, ajoute
le Cmdre Bishop. Nous avons réussi à montrer que nous pouvons
regrouper ces trois services et collaborer comme le feraient les
membres d’une seule équipe. »
L’exercice TRIDENT FURY s’est terminé avec succès
le 19 mai, et a ouvert la voie aux futurs exercices de la Flotte
canadienne du Pacifique.
Photos: MCpl/Cplc Patrick Blanchard
Photo: Sgt Norm McLean
Photo: MCpl/Cplc Patrick Blanchard
Un marin du NCSM Algonquin monte une
échelle pendant des exercices de lutte
contre les incendies tenus au large de la
Colombie-Britannique.
« Les exercices de ce genre élargissent notre base de
connaissances et permettent de mettre au point nos tactiques
en vue de différentes opérations, explique le maître de 2e classe
Adam Callaghan, superviseur de la guerre électronique et
second maître régulateur du NCSM Ottawa. En tant que second
maître régulateur, il est particulièrement difficile d’accueillir
des soldats d’un autre élément, mais nous étions ravis de les
avoir à bord. »
Les marins stagiaires de l’agent de la salle des opérations
et du directeur de la gestion de l’information ont été mis à
l’épreuve au cours de nombreux exercices de tir réel, ainsi que
d’opérations aériennes, de surface et sous-marines complexes
mettant en jeu le NCSM Victoria et des unités de surface de la
United States Navy.
Canadian soldiers from R22eR Valcartier, take a knee as they exit the zodiac, to conduct a beach landing near CFB Esquimalt.
HMCS Ottawa passes by HMCS Victoria (submarine) during maritime manoeuvres practice, off the coast of British Columbia.
Des soldats du R22 R, de Valcartier, effectuent un débarquement sur une plage près de la BFC Esquimalt.
Au cours d’exercices portant sur les manœuvres maritimes, le NCSM Ottawa croise le NCSM Victoria (sous-marin) au large de la Colombie-Britannique.
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