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Archived - Canadian Army and U.S. soldiers participate in Exercise WARFIGHTER at Camp Atterbury, Indiana
January 29, 2015
Ottawa - Approximately 300 Canadian Army soldiers are participating in Exercise WARFIGHTER, an American-led military exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, U.S.A., from January 26 to February 13, 2015, to enhance their command and control techniques and increase their interoperability with allies.
Canadian Army soldiers are working alongside approximately 3 000 U.S. troops from the Army Regular and Reserve Forces, as well as the Army and Air National Guard. Exercise WARFIGHTER is a training event designed to test troops’ readiness, responsiveness and skills in a variety of scenarios that simulate a full-scale military operation.
- Exercise WARFIGHTER provides a continuation training opportunity for the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Task Forces. It strengthens their ability to deploy anywhere at any time while at the same time gaining experience in working with the U.S. Army and enhancing their interoperability with a key ally.
- The exercise allows participating soldiers an opportunity to hone their command and control techniques, as well as information flow between subordinate and higher commands.
- American soldiers participating in Exercise WARFIGHTER are from 22 different units from the U.S. Army Regular and Reserve Forces, the U.S. Army and Air National Guard, including Army National Guard members from 38th Infantry Division headquartered in Indiana.
- The Canadian Army participants are from 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Canadian Forces Base Kingston and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.
“In today’s complex security environment, it is essential for the Canadian Armed Forces to be ready to meet an array of challenges. This joint Canadian Army-U.S. training exercise strengthens our partnership with our American allies and ensures that our soldiers are prepared to deploy with our partners and allies around the world.”Honourable Rob Nicholson, PC, QC, MP for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence
“Exercise WARFIGHTER helps the Canadian Army become more efficient and agile as we continue to develop combat effective units capable of responding to a multitude of threats. By training regularly in realistic and challenging scenarios, our soldiers remain Strong, Proud and Ready to fulfill their core missions including the conduct of domestic and international operations.”Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander Canadian Army
“Exercises such as WARFIGHTER are an important way for our members to participate in multi-national training with our allies. The men and women of the 4th Canadian Division are proud and ready to meet Canada’s defence objectives, both at home and abroad.”Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, Commander 4th Canadian Division
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