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Monday, July 25, 2016

Canadian troops headed to Alaska for Exercise Arctic Anvil

By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch

Over 100 members from the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will take part in Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL at Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright training areas in Alaska, from July 23 to August 3, the Canadian Army says.

Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL is a joint, multi-national effort and will consist of live-fire and force-on-force training.

More details from the Army:

As of July 2016, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) has been the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Brigade, and is ready to respond to emergencies and situations as directed by the Government of Canada.

Exercise ARCTIC ANVIL will prepare and confirm the U.S. 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team for its rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in early 2017, where they will focus on finalizing readiness capabilities. This exercise will include approximately 8,000 participants from U.S. Army Alaska, Alaska National Guard, Iowa National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force.