PETAWAWA – As dawn broke over the misty rivers and forests of CFB Petawawa Friday, two platoons of Cameron Highlanders boarded Griffon helicopters for a simulated attack on a rebel-held bridge. It was the high point of a massive week-long exercise, literally and figuratively, for nearly 100 reservists from Ottawa.
These soldiers, part of a company under the command of Maj. Derek Cheff of Ottawa’s Governor General’s Foot Guard, were among more than 3,000 reservists taking part in Operation Stalwart Guardian. The culmination of three years of planning and field exercises, this brigade-level exercise brought together soldiers from every reserve unit in Ontario, as well as several dozen from Canada’s NATO allies, for a hard week of drills and blank ammunition exercises, ranging from raiding a terrorist camp to seizing trenches.
In addition to basic military skills, the reservists were given a good look at the difficulties of 21st-century military operations by more than 300 members of the Royal Canadian Regiment (1st Battalion). Continue Reading →
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