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‘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 […]

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 […]

Day 7 – Under fire

March 19, 2012

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Waking up in a Forward Operating Base is distinctly different than waking up in the field. There’s always a hum and a buzz, people moving – a world outside your tent. Today is rehearsal for the troops – the officers take time to clarify and detail attack and movement plans, the soldiers learn their roles […]

Day 6 – The curse of FOB Maiden II

March 14, 2012

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FOB Maiden II is cursed. I’m not a terribly superstitious person, but something strange always happens either driving to or from FOB Maiden II. The day starts off with a smooth ride,but at that time we didn’t know we’d be making our way to the Maiden; under the belief we’d be pitching our tents at […]

Day 5 – Hearts and minds

March 13, 2012

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“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 […]