38 Canadian Brigade Group

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In this issue…. 
 Upcoming Training Plan 
 Executrek 
 CD...
Commander’s Message

As I pen this message to the 2nd edition of the newly re-issued brigade newsletter, the snow has

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Mini‐Executrek Visits 38 CBG Combined Arms Training 
The Fort Garry Horse, Artillery Tactical Group,

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LG Pin Presentation and Chief of Defence visits Saskatchewan
The Canadian Armed Forces prides itself on bein...
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PSYOPS Training with the Marines

By Master Bombardier Justin Deroo, 10th Field Regiment, RCA

From 2...
Remembrance Day a

at Minto Armoury 2013


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N Sask R at Remembrance of Operation HUSKY  
Cpl Kyle A Sigfusson, North Saskatchewan Regiment
I was ...

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Movember in Saskatchewan
By 2Lt Adam Kinakin, North
Saskatchewan Regiment
For most members of the CF,...

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LSSR Attends Aboriginal 11 November Ceremony
Capt George Romick, Unit Public Affairs Rep, Lake Super...

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Cross Training with 2 PPCLI
Lt Megan Belyea, 38 Combat Engineer Regiment
There’s nothing new about R...

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Op ATTENTION and Camp Eggers
Lieutenant Josh Fordham, Winnipeg Infantry Tactical Group
The Summer of...

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Brigade Revitalization
Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Young, Deputy Commander, 38 Canadian Brigade Group...
CITY / IT Program

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This table lists the individual training courses being conducted
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  1. 1. 38 Canadian Brigade Group The Brigade WINTER 2013 In this issue….     Upcoming Training Plan     Executrek     CDS Visits Regina     PSYSOPS Training with the Marines     Camp Eggers     Movemeber in  Saskatchewan     Training  http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page 38CBGPAO@forces.gc.ca
  2. 2. Commander’s Message As I pen this message to the 2nd edition of the newly re-issued brigade newsletter, the snow has started to fly, individual/IBTS training has given way to collective combined arms training, two BMQ courses are nearing completion and numerous ceremonial/social functions are proudly celebrating Army Reservists across our brigade area of operations. Over the course of the past two months, the Brigade Sergeant Major and I have conducted 10 town halls in order to engage the vast majority of our soldiers and leaders, taking the opportunity to layout our vision for the future, as well as to respond to questions and concerns. We were most impressed with the engagements and the professionalism and candour demonstrated by all. In the last issue of The Brigade I noted that as part of Brigade Revitalization, collective training would focus on combined arms interaction. I will highlight that on the weekend of 18-20 October, the first combined collective training exercises of the fall took place in Dundurn and Shilo. Colonel Ross Ermel These exercises saw 38 Service Battalion generate an A1 echelon for the Saskatchewan DraCommander goons. As well, the Artillery Tactical Group, Fort Garry Horse and Winnipeg Infantry Tactical Group conducted live all-arms calls for fire. This combined arms training will become the norm for the brigade going forward as we manoeuvre towards the apex of our collective training cycle which will culminate in Exercise BISON WARRIOR which will be held in Shilo from 26 April to 4 May 2014. By way of a further highlight to our progress on Brigade Revitalization I am pleased to inform you that from August to the end of October, the brigade realized three consecutive months of modest but positive growth. Whereas recruiting attraction increased slightly, our attrition drastically decreased. As all of the brigade leaders know, sustained growth is a function of attraction AND retention. Well done! On 14 December 2013 we will mark the change of Brigade Sergeants Major with the departure of CWO Allan Rischchynski who will be moving to 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters and welcome CWO Albert Boucher as the new Brigade Sergeant Major. On your behalf, I congratulate these outstanding leaders on their senior appointments. CWO Boucher and I look forward to soldiering with you in the New Year which will be highlighted by several key collective training exercises and two Arctic Response Company Group deployments to the arctic; one in February as part of Exercise ARCTIC RAM and the second in August as part of Operation NANOOK. I wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season and applaud all soldiers and leaders of our brigade for their ongoing dedication and tell you that it is an honour to soldier with you! Brigade Sergeant-Major’s Message Over the past few months the Brigade Commander and I have been conducting the Town Halls across the Brigade. May I say that the feed back and candour that you have displayed has been outstanding, you have no issues with telling the Chain of Command in a professional and productive manner that there are things that require our attention and as a Command Team we will ensure that those questions and thoughts put forward receive the action that is required. As my term as the 38 Brigade Sergeant Major comes to a close. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude towards all the Officers and Soldiers of the Best Brigade in the Canadian Forces it has been Three and a half years of pure and simple fun. I was told a long time ago that if you can’t have fun and don’t enjoy what you are doing then move on and get out of the way. I am still having fun but my time has come and I will be handing over my duties to a new 38 Brigade SM CWO Albert Boucher. All I ask is for you to give him the same support that you gave me. I Chief Warrant Officer will be keeping an eye on the Brigade from my new position as the 3 Division Primary Reserve Al Rishchynski Brigade Sergeant Major SM. I join with the Brigade Commander and my family in wishing you the very best of the holiday Season and all the best in the New Year. I look forward to seeing all of you again in my new roll. I know you have a lot of hard work in the next 6 to 8 months with summer courses, taskings BTE and 2 Arctic Operations. Good Luck and it was nice to Soldier with you http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  3. 3. THE BRIGADE Page 3 Mini‐Executrek Visits 38 CBG Combined Arms Training  The Fort Garry Horse, Artillery Tactical Group, Winnipeg Infantry Tactical group and 38 Signals Regiment conducted their first combined arms collective training weekend for the 2013 training year over 20 – 22 October under the watchful eyes of some of Saskatchewan’s most influential businesspeople. Royal Regina Rifles Honorary Colonel Robert Dumur invited ten business leaders to enjoy a day in Shilo, MB, and throughout the experience they were integrated as much as possible “Compared to what you see in the movies, don’t expect fireballs,” said Lieutenant Colonel David Dalal, Commanding Officer, 38 Canadian Brigade Artillery Tactical Group, prior to showing that actual artillery is about effect, not flash. Even without the Hollywood fireball, the visitors were still impressed during the mini-Executrek. Honorary Colonel Robert Dumur poses with other Honoraries and business leaders  at Combined Arms Training). Photo by Cpl. Alan Haley  The training was both live and dry combined arms and gave a sense of the exceptional skills reservists not only display in their military service, but also how these esteemed citizen soldiers can bring invaluable skills to the civilian workforce. CEO Degelman Industries. Brigade Sergeant Major CWO Al Rishchynski answered that the soldiers plan for extended periods away from support. “The only problem is everything you’re firing you’re carrying on your back.” The visit was a key part of 38 CBG’s continued efforts in connecting with key stakeholders in the Brigade’s Area of Operations. The importance of connecting with key provincial organizations and businesses is an important aspect of 38 CBG profile in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North West Ontario and aims to foster unique and strong bonds with these entities for recruitment, support to the Army Reserves and community relations. A round exits the barrel of the 15mm Howitzer as members of                    38 Canadian Brigade Artillery Tactical Group conduct live fire drills Photo  by Cpl. Alan Haley  “I got another question; when you guys are in combat how long are you on your own?” said Paul Degelman, Corporate visits, like this one, provide an invaluable opportunity to potentially build more reserve-friendly policies within companies and also increase awareness about 38 Canadian Brigade Group and our mission. At the end of the day, the corporate guests left with a good sense of how challenging our training and work can be, and therefore the depth of skill and leadership that a Reservist can bring to a civilian employment opportunity. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  4. 4. 2013 Page 4 LG Pin Presentation and Chief of Defence visits Saskatchewan The Canadian Armed Forces prides itself on being a community and culture all to its own. Even so, provincial pride remains strong. On 5 November 2013 in Regina, individuals, past and present who have served in the military, as well as police, firefighters and paramedics lucky enough to have called Saskatchewan home, received a special honour approved by the Queen herself. The pin is designed to be worn on civilian clothing to help CDS General Tom Lawson takes questions from troops in Regina.  Photo by MCpl Bern LeBlanc  Even before being pinned, LSgt (Ret’d) Chisholm remained a proud former Royal Regina Rifles member, concluding his formal speech with, “Up with Johns!” to loud applause. Later that evening, members of 38 CBG were also honoured to host a CDS led Town Hall in the Regina Armoury which began with a coin ceremony and a promotion (see Commendations page). General Tom Lawson asked a roomful of soldiers that night, “Who here is NOT from Saskatchewan?” (L to R) Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield, Captain Gill Dulle,  Premier Brad Wall and General Tom Lawson. Photo by MCpl Bern  LeBlanc.  recognize and distinguish those who have/are serving, even when dressed in regular clothing. “We were called Johns, after Farmer Johns,” recalled LSgt (ret’d) Denis Chisholm, a former rifleman with the Royal Regina Rifles, who served in the Second World War. “We were proud of it, proud to be from Regina.” He told a story of being rescued from near drowning at the Leopold Canal, only to be fished out by another Canadian soldier, who also turned out to be from Saskatchewan. Captain Gillian Dulle (Saskatchewan Dragoons) definitely notices a difference in the adaptability of the CAF soldiers, the type of versatility required to return from +50 degree heat in Afghanistan, and a month later deploy for an exercise in the high Arctic. “The biggest difference is that we don’t depend on technology. We carry on whether the technology or equipment fails or succeeds.” Upon seeing a few hands go up, his answer was a sad shake of his head, “Too bad for you.” The troops that attended were given the rare opportunity to “ask any questions” they wanted of the CDS and their Brigade Commander and the chance wasn’t wasted. Queries varied from Class A parade day limits to current equipment rationalization plans. Gen Lawson didn’t shy away from any of the queries, and didn't couch his replies. Soldiers that took the time to ask a question were rewarded with honest, thorough answers— the first question was even rewarded with a CDS Coin. “What is your vision for the future of the Reserves?” The answer was a combination of the traditional role of Dom Ops, even while being ready to augment Regular Forces. All in all it was an excellent day for the soldiers of 38 CBG. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  5. 5. Page 5 THE BRIGADE PSYOPS Training with the Marines By Master Bombardier Justin Deroo, 10th Field Regiment, RCA From 29 Sep to 04 Oct 2013, nine Canadian Armed Forces psychological operations (PSYOPS) tactical operators, along with three observer controllers, took part in Exercise HONEY BADGER, a United States Marine Corps-led Military Information Support Operation (MISO) exercise, in Quantico, Virginia. MBdr Justin Deroo from 38 Artillery Tactical Group and MCpl Dean Munoz-Perez from the Winnipeg Infantry Tactical Group represented 38 Canadian Brigade Group. ing on face-to-face (F2F) meetings with “local villagers” in the USMC Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) site. Role players took their roles very seriously, acting as villag- strategic level were implemented during the lane briefings, which would have an effect on the ground as well; and these events were well outside of the TPTs’ hands. In addition to the F2F, operators were able to practice a number of other PSYOPs skill sets such as conducting various types of briefings, collecting atmospherics/PSYOPs relevant information, conducting product testing, and language assistant training. The multi-national The teams landed nature of the exeron the ground one cise allowed for all day in advance of branches involved the exercise and to become familiar were given an opwith the different portunity to take a tools, reports, and tour of the Marine returns Marine Corps Museum, a  MBdr Deroo conducts a face‐to‐face meeting with a role player portraying a local  Corps MISO ophumbling experience erators brought to that allowed the op- businessman during Ex HONEY BADGER  the table, and alerators to experilowed for the teams to share TTPs, ence the Corps’ rich history before work- ers who would go about their daily skill sets, and lessons learned from ing with them. A highlight of the museum lives, selling things in the market, all the countries that took part. interacting with the “host nations” included the famous flag from the Battle police, and military, or acting as key of Iwo Jima, erected on Mount Suribachi The training was some of the most communicators such as the mayor, after the battle, as well as a visit to the immersive and realistic I have expolice chief, or business leader. mess upstairs (of course!). perienced during my 13 years in These actors could either be helpful The exercise began in earnest on day the CAF. I would highly recomor detrimental to the TPT’s objectwo and had the teams working on a mend Exercise HONEY BADGER tives, depending on the way the North Africa-based scenario that culmito any PSYOPs TACOP qualified TPTs interacted with them. nated in a non-combatant evacuation personnel if given the opportunity. operation, allowing the soldiers to ply The exercise took the training we Operators had to be alert, as the their skills in a very realistic exercise learned from our courses and went situation on the ground changed rooted in a real-world situation. The teams worked alongside their peers from every day. On one memorable occa- well beyond it, vastly increasing our individual skill sets, and allowsion, the mayor and the business the United Kingdom, the United States ing us a glimpse into the ways our leader had “disappeared” and had Army, and of course, the United States international allies conduct thembeen replaced by another, seemingly Marine Corps. selves. related to the insurgency that was plaguing the host nation. In addition, The exercise was lane-based and had events outside of the village at the Tactical PSYOPs Teams (TPT’s) focushttp://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
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  8. 8. THE BRIGADE Page 8 N Sask R at Remembrance of Operation HUSKY   Cpl Kyle A Sigfusson, North Saskatchewan Regiment I was privileged to participate in the 70th Anniversary remembrance of Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 by the combined forces of England, Canada and the USA. This year marks 70 years since Allied Forces started to break the grip of Nazi Germany in Italy and eventually topple the dictator Mussolini. Operation Husky has been overshadowed by the Normandy invasion, but it was a very important campaign. The North Saskatchewan Regiment traces its Regimental history through to the Saskatoon Light Infantry (SLI), which participated with 1st Canadian Division in this operation as support unit with heavy machine-guns and mortars. As part of a combined group of Canadian Forces members both Regular force and Reserve, we arrived in Italy on July 25th and were hosted at NAS Sigonella which is in the South-East part of Sicily. After a day of acclimatizing to the heat and time change, our first stop was Piazza Armerina on July 26th. This location was where the Seaforth Highlanders advanced from Valguarnera to Leonforte and were engaged in a fierce battle. During this battle 2 members of the SLI, Douglas Flynn and Allan Parkhurst lost their lives. The next day we travelled to Assoro where the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment assaulted the fortress by climbing the steep sides of the hill, which the Germans had left undefended, thinking that this side couldn't be scaled. We climbed the same hill 70 years later and saw the commanding view of the valley below and we were awestruck by sheer cliffs that had been climbed to assault this position. When we reached the top, the Royal Canadian Artillery unveiled a plaque to honor the gunners that were killed supporting the assault and markers placed for the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment (Hasty P’s), that died taking the hill. One member of the SLI, Thomas Tydeman, lost his life here. On the 28th of July we arrived at Catenauova where the Canadian Brigade was under the command of the 79th British Infantry Division. During this battle they encountered heavy resistance from the crack German 3rd Paratroop Division. While we were here the Van Doo's unveiled a plaque on City Hall to commemorate the Royal 22nd Regiment. The 29th of July saw us at Adrano. This was the 1st Canadian Division's last combat action in Sicily. Adrano was reduced to rubble by intensive artillery and aerial bombardment. We had a ceremony at the War memorial, followed afterwards by lunch provided by the City of Adrano. On the 30th of July we travelled to Agira, which is the site of the Canadian War Cemetery. This is one of the most impressive War Cemeteries in the world. We held a wreath laying ceremony followed by a roll call of all the Canadian soldiers killed in the Sicily Campaign which numbered 562 casualties. Each fallen soldier's name was read out and answered by a mixture of Canadian, Italian, civilian and military persons present. Markers were made by Canadian and Italian students for every Canadian casualty and were placed wherever possible where that soldier fell in battle. The 31st of July saw us in Catania where we held a ceremony unveiling the Canadian portion of the WW2 museum here. The items in the museum were mostly privately donated by Canadian collectors. This marked the end of our trip to Sicily and we welcomed in all the locations we travelled to by the citizens of Sicily. It was a humbling experience to travel to the locations where so many Canadian and Allied soldiers gave their lives to free Sicily. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  9. 9. THE BRIGADE Page 9 Movember in Saskatchewan By 2Lt Adam Kinakin, North Saskatchewan Regiment For most members of the CF, being clean shaven while on parade or in uniform is the norm. That normality will change this month for members of the North Saskatchewan Regiment N Sask R) as they once again grow their moustaches to help raise awareness for men’s health. Last year, the unit participated in a “Movember” fundraising campaign that raises funds to support men’s health initiatives across Canada and the world. Although they got a late start, their team was able to raise over $7600.00 in donations! Unlike most Movember participants who don their lip sweaters from 01 Nov to 30 Nov, the members of the N Sask R will grow their moustaches from 11 Nov thru 11 Dec. This was to ensure unit members were clean shaven and looking their best for Remembrance Day ceremonies. With the help of local sponsors and other CF units in Saskatoon, the N Sask R team held a Movember party at the end of the campaign to celebrate the accomplishments of its members and dole out awards for the best and worst moustaches. LCol Engelberts, Commanding Officer for the N Sask R, has to “ante up” on his deal to shave his head and moustache once fundraising goal was met.   The major surprise for the soldiers was the fact that the unit CO, LCol Tony Engelberts, pledged to shave his moustache which he has had for over 20 years if the unit reached their fundraising goal. To his, and everyone else’s surprise, was the fact that the unit’s Honorary Colonels offered to dollar match all donations if the CO would shave his head as well. Being a large supporter of the Movember campaign, LCol Engelberts agreed, and his soldiers took turns shaving his head and his moustache, much to the enjoyment of all in attendance. The competition for the unit’s best moustache begins again in 2013 for their 2nd annual Movember campaign. The goal is to best last years mark and continue spreading awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and mental health. The unit would like to send out a challenge to any and all CF units to try and best their fundraising efforts and to help spread knowledge and awareness of Men’s heath issues across Canada. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  10. 10. THE BRIGADE Page 10 LSSR Attends Aboriginal 11 November Ceremony Capt George Romick, Unit Public Affairs Rep, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Battalion It was a cold and windy on the morning of November 11, 2013 at the Fort William First Nation’s, Cenotaph on top of Mount MacKay. It is 0945 when members of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment start arriving for the Fort William First Nation Remembrance Day Service. They are met with cold weather and strong winds blowing across the mountain. The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment has a strong history with the Aboriginals of North-western Ontario, with many Aboriginal People being part of the Regimental History. When the 52nd C.E.F. mobilized for World War 1, many of the men from the Fort William First Nation and other Aboriginal bands and reservations across North-western Ontario joined the unit. They distinguished themselves, being awarded many gallantry awards. For example: Pte. A. Belanger of the Fort William First Nation, being award the Military Medal and Sgt. Leo Bouchard of Lake Helen First Nation being award the Distinguished Conduct Medal. When the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) mobilized for World War 2, again many of the First Nation People from, the Fort William First Nation and other First Nations across North-western Ontario joined the LSR (M). Again they distinguished themselves with honour, being awarded many gallantry awards, like A/Sgt Charles Byce, being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal. The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment continues the history of having Aboriginal People in it ranks, like Cpl Andy Carver who deployed to Afghanistan and others presently in the unit. The Fort William First Nation Remembrance Day Service included many of the traditional Aboriginal Ceremonies, with the commencing of the Pipe Ceremony, then the marching in of parade which was led by a member of the Fort William Nations carrying an Eagle Staff, MCpl Cody Noyle carrying the 1812 Commemorative Banner and Captain Bill Mountan carrying an Eagle Staff. Once the parade was in place for the ceremony the traditional Smudging Ceremony was done by Rita Fenton. The Smudging Ceremony is a purification ceremony used to cleanse the people of any bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits or negative energy, both the physically and spiritually. The service was conducted by Cathy Banning, whose father was with the Toronto Scottish Regiment during the Second World War, then after the war he joined the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. The service was the traditional Fort William First Nations Remembrance Day Service that they have done for many years including the poem, It’s a Pittance of Time, recited by Kateri Skaarup. Beatrice Twance Hynnes recited In Flanders Fields, Captain Neil Otke of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment recited the Regimental Prayer. The Last Post and Reveille was played and a firing party from the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment gave the salute. After Reveille was played there was a Traditional Drum Service done by the Male Drum Group, followed by the poem It’s a Soldier and the Female Drum Group. The laying of the wreaths proceeded with Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Abthorpe, Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, laying the first wreath followed by the Chief of Fort William First Nations, then many other organizations and individual’s also laying wreaths. After the completion of the service everyone was welcomed to join the Fort William First Nation People in the Community Hall for a luncheon and fellowship. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  11. 11. THE BRIGADE Page 11 Cross Training with 2 PPCLI Lt Megan Belyea, 38 Combat Engineer Regiment There’s nothing new about Regular and Reserve Forces working side by side, as seen on overseas deployments all over the world. Realizing that both benefit from working together, 38 Canadian Brigade Group Commander, Colonel Ross Ermel, sent Lieutenant Megan Belyea, from 38 Combat Engineer Regiment, to work with 2 VP in Shilo, Manitoba during a field firing range. This is her article about the experience. On October 19, 2013, I had the opportunity to spend the day on a field firing range with A Rifle Coy, 2 PPCLI, in CFB Shilo. For the month of October 2013, 2 PPCLI deployed to the field to conduct parts of their IBTS and this was a great opportunity to exercise the skills I learned previously this year on an Infantry Field Firing Qualification course, as well as a great opportunity to see field organization on a larger level. When I arrived at Essen MG Range, I was escorted to the administrative area by Sgt Scott McFarlane. There I met Lt Jesse Kettle, the Range Safety Officer (RSO) of the range who was briefing his staff on the layout of the pairs lanes and proving the range. At this time I was assigned as an Assistant Range Safety Officer (ARSO) on the Western-most lane. Once the platoons arrived on site, they were given the safety brief for the day shoot and the range began. One fire team at a time went through either the East or West lane. Out of all the teams that went through during the day, the most memorable, and most aggressive, was the Commanding Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major of 2 PPCLI. Watching the RSM aggressively bayonet each target while taking the trench and the CO destroying the targets with covering fire prior to a grenade being thrown was motivating, even for me as an outside unit observer. Following the day shoot, platoons returned to their Bivouac to prepare for their night shoot. I remained on site with Sgt McFarlane and the range General Duty staff. Targets were adjusted to better suite night movement, and I was temporarily issued a pair of Night Vision Monocular Goggles (NVMG) in order to better ARSO after sunset. Once the platoons arrived on site for the night shoot, they were again given the safety brief and the range began immediately. Fire teams were assigned to the East or West lane in a way to prevent repetition from the day shoot. The night shoot was a new experience for me. Each Rifleman had a laser attached to their weapon to display the direction in which they were shooting by use of NMVGs. Towards the end of the night, visibility with the NMVGs was extremely weak due to the moisture in the atmosphere. Movement was slightly slower on this range; but the aggression of teams certainly did not show any signs of slowing down! Once the range was complete and its tear down, all platoons returned to the 2 PPCLI BIV for the night. Once we got up the next morning (October 20), I returned home to Winnipeg. Cross training with 2 PPCLI was a great experience and a great opportunity to execute skills I learned on the Infantry Field Firing course. It provided a better understanding of planning and execution of a field firing range of that size and of our equipment and its limitations. Chief of Defense Staff Coins MCpl Adam Donauer, Royal Regina Rifles MCpl Harry Avinou 10 Field Regiment, RCA Sgt Gary White, 38 Signal Regiment Promotions WO Tim Flath http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  12. 12. THE BRIGADE Page 12 Op ATTENTION and Camp Eggers Lieutenant Josh Fordham, Winnipeg Infantry Tactical Group The Summer of 2013 saw several of 38 Canadian Brigade Group’s soldiers and officers deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as members of the final rotation of Op Attention (TF 2-13), Canada’s contribution to the NATO Training Mission. As luck would have it, three of 38 CBG’s officers ended up deployed together at Camp Eggers, where they worked as mentors and advisors within different organizations. Capt Mathew Bittner of the Fort Garry Horse was employed as the mentor to the G1 and G3 of the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP). ANCOP is a national police force, which specializes in SWAT and anti-riot tasks. By the time Capt Bittner arrived in Kabul his organization was functioning on its own to a level where direct mentoring was no longer needed. Instead, Capt Bittner acted more as a liaison between ANCOP and the International Joint Command (IJC). (L to R) Lt Cole Janett, Capt Mathew Bittner, Lt Joshua Fordham. Photo taken at the memorial garden for Capt Daniel W. Eggers, whom the camp the three officers were posted, was named after. Lieutenant Joshua Fordham of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada was employed within the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) working as a staff officer with the team which advises the Afghan National Army’s (ANA) Operations officer for the General Staff, Major-General Afzal Aman. Maj-Gen Aman leads the team responsible for the planning and conducting of major operations for the ANA. Working with the MAG allowed Lt Fordham opportunities to travel outside the Kabul Area vis- iting locations in Kandahar, Zabul, and Urozgon. The third officer from within 38 CBG working out of Camp Eggers was Lt Cole Janett. Lt Janett worked as the G1 and Gender Integration Advisor for the Afghan Border Police (ABP). The Afghan Border Police is an organization of about 23 000, tasked with securing nearly 6000 miles of Afghan border. This involves fighting the illegal drug trade, counter insurgency operations, and monitoring the disputed border with Pakistan. While employed in this position Lt Janett’s main focus was “installing a personnel management software system, ensuring personnel and recruiting policies were being complied with, and monitoring the progression of female ABP members and creating policies to ensure their success.” All three officers returned to Canada in October of this year, and will return to their respected regiments after some much needed leave. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  13. 13. THE BRIGADE Page 13 Brigade Revitalization Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Young, Deputy Commander, 38 Canadian Brigade Group On October 29th, Col Ross Ermel Commander 38 CBG along with Commanding Officers of 38 Sigs Regt, the Artillery Tactical Group, Saskatchewan Infantry Tactical Group and 38 Svc Bn met in Regina with representatives from the Provincial Government, University of Regina, the provincial Chamber of Commerce, CFLC and other community leaders to discuss the revitalization of the 38 CBG Units in southern Saskatchewan. The revitalization of the Units in Southern Saskatchewan is a priority within the Brigade. The discussions were beneficial as each of the key stakeholders was able to identify possible opportunities for the Command Teams of the Units. the Brigade Recruiting Group and the Brigade staff to interact and "tell our story" to receptive audiences. The Commander's intent is to increase the exposure of the Army Reserve to businesses, students attending targeted Educational institutions. The Brigade will enter into a dialogue with Province to establish a Coop program within a Regina High School leveraging the success of the Thunder Bay Coop program. The Brigade Deputy Commander LCol Young will be responsible for working with the Unit Command Teams and stakeholders in the development and implementation of a multi year plan to achieve the commander objective of increasing Units strengths by 5% over attrition. An increased focus on the recruitment and retention of leaders at all levels is critical to the success of the plan. http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
  14. 14. CITY / IT Program Page 14 THE BRIGADE This table lists the individual training courses being conducted within 38 CBG in the immediate future across the Brigade’s Area of Operations. Watch the next issue of The Brigade for more information on future Individual training courses Course Dates Location Dangerous Goods 30 Nov – 1 Dec Winnipeg Dangerous Goods 30 Nov – 1 Dec TBay Dangerous Goods 30 Nov – 1 Dec Regina Winter Warfare Basic 21 Dec – 28 Dec Winnipeg Winter Warfare Basic LOSV LOSV BMQ-L BMQ-L Cbt Storeman 21 Dec – 29 Dec 29 Dec – 4 Jan 29 Dec – 4 Jan 7 Jan – 30 Mar 7 Jan – 30 Mar DL/Res in New Yr Dundurn Winnipeg Dundurn Regina Winnipeg Winnipeg Cbt Storeman DL/Res in New Yr Thunder Bay Cbt Storeman DL/Res in New Yr Regina Arty Mortarman 7 Jan – 9 Mar Shilo LOSV (FGH) 7 Jan – 2 Feb Winnipeg Winter Warfare Basic 8 Jan – 22 Jan Thunder Bay LOSV 8 Jan – 22 Jan Thunder Bay BMQ 24 Jan – 13 Apr Winnipeg Air Brake 18 Jan – 26 Jan Winnipeg Air Brake 18 Jan – 26 Jan Regina http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
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