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Soldiers from area participate in major training exercise

At 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford
Members of the Canadian Army Reserve and Royal Canadian Air Force participated in Exercise AUTUMN GUNNER on October 17, 2020 at 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario. Photo by Lt(N) Andrew McLaughlin, Public Affairs Officer, 31 Canadian Brigade Group/Department of National Defence

Around 80 soldiers from Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph and Hamilton took part in AUTUMN GUNNER at 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, this past weekend.

They were also supported by helicopters from the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The exercise was led by the 11th Field Artillery Regiment (11Fd) headquartered in Guelph, and had contingents from Waterloo Region's Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC) and CH-147F Chinook helicopters from 450 Squadron, RCAF take part. 

"The exercise tested the rapid deployment of 105 mm C3 howitzers and 81 mm mortar systems across the sprawling 4 CDTC training area, where indirect fire drills were conducted by both 11Fd and RHFC soldiers working as a larger team. The units confirmed their ability to command, move, and communicate under high-intensity conditions in remote locations, while maintaining their capacity to provide the Canadian Army with battlefield fire support." said a release.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, participants also wore masks and there was additional sanitizing of equipment and hands.

"This challenging exercise was an incredible opportunity for our soldiers to test their mobility and sustainability in the field, while ensuring we can provide experienced and professional forces when and where required." explained Lieutenant-Colonel Gary McQueen, Commanding Officer, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA.

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