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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The navy: the final part in a series on defence procurement - by Jessica Cunha
It's the Canadian navy's time to shine with it's 100th anniversary in May. Numerous events are taking place across the country to commemorate this momentous milestone, including fleet reviews, road shows and parades. Most recently, Canada's navy has played a key role in promoting international peace and security over the last century. In the latest example, on February 19 of this year, HMCS Frederiction began maritime operations against terrorism in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman region. Deployed under Operation SAIPH, the mission will last six months with a focus on counter-piracy and counter Terrorism operations with the country's coalition partners.
"The Government of Canada is proud of the work our men and women have done so far as part of Operation SAIPH," said Defence Minister Peter MacKay in a news release. "I am confident that the ship's company of HMCS Frederiction will continue to contribute to international peace and security during...
Going for Gold in Olympic Security
An interview with the head of JTF Games, Col. David Barr - by Jessica Cunha
Operation PODIUM is now complete, with the military having been involved with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics. Esprit de Corps reporter Jessica Cunha spoke with deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Games, Colonel David Barr, during the Paralympics. Here is the edited transcript.
Jessica Cunha: So how is your week going so far?
Col. David Barr: So far it's going pretty well. We're still, of course, involved in doing security for the Paralympics. It's a much smaller effort and tends to be not quite as busy as it was during the Olympics.
What is the involvement of the Canadian Forces with the Paralympics?
The Canadian Forces is once again supporting the RCMP during the Paralympics, but it's a much smaller effort mainly because the threat is much smaller than it was for the Olympics. As well, there are less venues, less athletes; all in all everyone has scaled down. But we're still taking it seriously, particularly in the villages where the athletes live.
Cold Warrior in Germany
An intense day of live-fire training and stripping weapons - by Terry "Stoney" Burke
An often overlooked chapter in Canadian history is the decade long 'war without battles': the Cold War. Thousands of Canadian soldiers served tours of duty in Germany during this period, training to fight the Soviets.
The entire day's training went by agonizingly slow, but by lunchtime, I began to feel somewhat human again. That night, before falling into a deep sleep, I made a solemn promise to myself that my drinking days were over. It is relatively easy to keep a vow, when your resolve is not tested. After another week of no-stop training, we were given a night off. Naturally by the time the mandatory cleanup was over, I had managed to convince myself that one or two, or seven or eight beers couldn't hurt. By eight o'clock, the bastard section was once again firmly entrenched at Jordie's Bar.
Had I been paying closer attention to the training schedule, I may have chosen not to drink quite so much that night. We were already bouncing down the road, in the back of a deuce and a half truck...
6 Posted In: Letters to the editor
12 Commentary: “We need to support Afghan Eliot Ness,” by Scott Taylor; “High-stakes politics, Harper style,” by Michael Nickerson
14 Eye on Industry: “CANSEC 2010 Preview”: A sneak peak at Ottawa’s upcoming defence trade show, by Jessica Cunha
18 Incoming: Hits & Misses: News from the front lines and the backrooms
19 Profiles: “Grassroots”: Supporting our soldiers any way they can, by Jessica Cunha
32 At Ease: Test your military knowledge against quizmaster Les Peate
34 Second World War: “The long march of the Essex Scottish Regiment”: The conclusion follows the men captured at Dieppe and their attempts at escape from POW work camps, by Eric Girard.
36 The Great War: “One soldier’s Great War”: Mother Nature adds her venom to the brutal wartime conditions in the front lines, by Duart McLean
40 The Old Guard: News and information for serving members and veterans, by Les Peate