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Snow route: ARCG soldiers use snowmobiles to move in Arctic

March 28, 2012


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 […]

Day 5 – Hearts and minds

March 13, 2012


“Reveille, reveille, reveille!” sings Master Corporal Alex Swaan from the fart sack beside me. Even though I’ve never used it for farting, that’s what the troops call a sleeping bag out in the field. It’s 0400, time to get up and go for the final push to Gameti. We’re given exactly five minutes to eat […]

Day 4 – Relief, in place

March 12, 2012


It’s weird waking up and not striking down a tent. Master Corporal Lee Mistelbacher, our section leader, left early this morning for the 15 minute ride north to Gameti; to see where and how the relief in place (RIP) would work. “We replace [the PPCLI soldiers] one section at a time,” explained MCpl Alex Swaan. […]

Canadian Ranger Training

March 4, 2012


Know the land, know the people. While embedded with the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) for Exercise ARCTIC RAM in the Northwest Territories, the soldiers and I spent two days learning from the Canadian Rangers. These men – and women – spend almost all their days in the wilderness, since the region is surrounded by […]