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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Canadian Army Reservists prepare for Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM

DND Press Release:
April 13, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 500 Canadian Army Reserve Force soldiers from 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG) will practice their combat skills from April 15 to 17, 2016, at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario, as a part of Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM 2016.

Reservists from across the brigade will practice operational planning and the execution of tactical infantry, armoured reconnaissance, and combat engineer tasks. Logistical and communications support to the exercise will also be provided by 31 CBG. Core training events such as Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM 2016 strengthen soldiers’ capability to operate effectively at home and abroad.

“Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM 2016 will allow Canadian Army Reservists to practice operational planning and the execution of tactical tasks in order to hone their skills as soldiers and leaders. Reserve Force soldiers are vital members of our fighting force and they continuously distinguish themselves through their commitment and enthusiasm.” Colonel Kevin Bertoia, Commander, 31 Canadian Brigade Group

Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM 2016 is a work-up training event, designed to practice infantry, armoured reconnaissance, and engineer tasks in advance of large-scale collective training under Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2016, which takes place in August. 

Canadian Army Reservists play a fundamental role in meeting the operational needs of the Canadian Army by contributing to security and defence requirements across Canada and internationally. They constitute a significant portion of Canada’s deployed forces.

31 Canadian Brigade Group, with its headquarters in London, Ontario, leads Army Reserve units in the area spanning Windsor, Hamilton, Owen Sound, and Barrie, Ontario.

4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario, hosts Regular Force and Reserve Force soldiers, as well as a variety of other countries’ military units and non-military agencies. On a weekly average, over 600 soldiers conduct training primarily in field craft, offensive and defensive operations, weapons handling drills, and the necessary tactics, techniques, and procedures to employ these skills in a combat setting.