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The Last Stand

July 23, 2012

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By Daniella Ponticelli So I didn’t step on a skink, but I did meet one. Actually, more like five – and a few without tails. Yes, those tiny slimy lizards do exist and they are cute. But the discovery didn’t happen while I was embedded on EXERCISE BISON WARRIOR 12; no, it was on a […]

‘Don’t step on the skink’: returning to CFB Shilo

April 24, 2012

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“Anything inside the red lines is a danger area.” But everything is inside the red lines. CFB Shilo is mapped out in front of me while sitting in the mess tent. After having a welcoming dinner of steak, potatoes, and vegetables, I’m  getting debriefed on the environmental dangers of the base. I find out what’s […]

The final Brigade

April 24, 2012

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Between the rush of ceremonies surrounding Veterans Week and Remembrance Day to the exciting fast paced adventure up north, it’s been busy behind the scenes of The Brigade. This last issue had its challenges – the soldiers have been so busy with ceremonial, community and training work; there was a lot to pack into this […]

Day 9 – Going Home

March 28, 2012

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I wake up in a freezer. It’s the first time since on exercise I’ve ever been cold waking up. The warehouse isn’t heated and with such a large building, the more than 150 bodies inside didn’t make a difference. We pack up and grab breakfast. Everyone is asking me what I thought about the exercise […]

Snow route: ARCG soldiers use snowmobiles to move in Arctic

March 28, 2012

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Three hundred kilometres, four feet of snow, two soldiers, one sled – that was the reality for soldiers from the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) during a ten day move for Exercise ARCTIC RAM 12. The ARCG (reservists from 38 Canadian Brigade Group) used Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV) to travel tactically from Yellowknife to Gameti in […]

Signallers pushing further in the Arctic

March 27, 2012

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A single radio transmission has the power to move people, bring crucial supplies and save lives. In the Arctic, communications is necessary for survival and one of the biggest challenges is trying to make a radio call in the middle of nowhere. For Exercise ARCTIC RAM, which took place in the Northwest Territories – six […]

Day 8 – With eyes watching

March 27, 2012

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Last night is the first time I have trouble sleeping. At 0300 Master Corporal Mistelbacher wakes everyone up and as it is with an early reveille, things move quickly. The morale is high; it’s the last big day of the ex, but we still have one huge task to push through. We gear up to […]