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CanadianAlly is an electronic newsletter maintained by the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, designed specifically for an American audience. It presents a comprehensive look at defence and security issues from a variety of key sources. The intent is to give American citizens a better sense of the scope of Canada’s role in North American and Global Security and the War on Terror.


OTTAWA (November 29, 2013)
Operation ATTENTION Phase 2 Redeployment
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(November 29, 2013)
Operation Renaissance: Update November 29, 2013
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OTTAWA (November 29, 2013)
Canadian Army participates in amphibious exercise along the coast of New Zealand
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (November 28, 2013)
NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight
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OTTAWA (November 26, 2013)
Canadian Army troops return home from UN mission in Haiti
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OTTAWA (November 26, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces to participate in two major exercises
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(November 26, 2013)
NORAD and Russian Federation Air Force start planning Vigilant Eagle 14
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OTTAWA (November 26, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces to participate in two major exercises
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(November 25, 2013)
RCAF exercises expeditionary capability in multinational training
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HALIFAX, N.S. (November 24, 2013)
Minister Nicholson concludes the 2013 Halifax International Security Forum
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HALIFAX, N.S. (November 23, 2013)
Joint statement on the bilateral meeting between Minister Nicholson and Chilean Minister Hinzpeter at the Halifax International Security Forum
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OTTAWA (November 21, 2013)
Current Operations – as of November 4
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(November 19, 2013)
Canadians and Americans hold Arctic search and rescue exercise
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OTTAWA (November 15, 2013)
Water purification unit departs for the Philippines
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OTTAWA (November 16, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces to deploy three CH-146 Griffon helicopters to the Philippines
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DND (November 12, 2013))
Operation Renaissance 13-1
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DND (November 5, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces participate in international search and rescue exercise
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(November 5, 2013)
Royal Canadian Air Force participates in multinational exercise in Brazil
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OTTAWA (November 2, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces Assists United States Coast Guard in Large Narcotics Seizure
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OTTAWA (November 2, 2013)
Statement by the Minister of National Defence Following Large Narcotics Seizure

Today, the Minister of National Defence made the following statement after Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton; along with a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora, assisted the United States Coast Guard in the seizure of more than 1.1 tonnes of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

“As Minister of National Defence, I am proud to recognize the hard work of our brave men and women in uniform during Operation CARIBBE. Our sailors, air men and air women, working in partnership with our allies, have helped to keep a significant quantity of illegal narcotics off our streets.

“Once again, the members of our Canadian Armed Forces have conducted themselves with honour and professionalism as they worked to protect the safety and security of Canadian citizens.

“Op CARRIBE has again demonstrated Canada’s leadership on the world stage even as we support our interest abroad.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I express our deep gratitude to those involved in the operation and thank them for their continued dedication to safeguarding our wellbeing.”

KIELCE, POLAND (November 1, 2013)
Ready for Afghanistan! Canadian Army Mentors Polish Land Forces
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OTTAWA (October 30, 2013)
CF-18 Demo Team flies Canadian colours across Americas
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(October 28, 2013)
The Art of Medicine
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OTTAWA (October 25, 2013)
Canadian Army Commander meets counterparts from across the Americas in Mexico
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OTTAWA (October 25, 2013)
Memorial vigil honours sacrifices made in Afghanistan
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(October 22, 2013)
Challenge accepted – Arctic nations put their SAR capabilities to the test during SAREX Greenland Sea 13
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(October 21, 2013)
Canada extends maritime security and counter-terrorism mission in the Arabian Sea region
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(October 21, 2013)
RCAF provides airlift support to UN and OPCW
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(October 10, 2013)
Operation ATTENTION: Rotation 3 and mission closeout
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(October 5, 2013)
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto Conducts Drug Bust
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OTTAWA (October 3, 2013)
Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff visits North American Aerospace Defense Command
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OTTAWA (October 2, 2013)
Canadian warships sail for Task Group Exercise off Southern California
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OTTAWA (September 30, 2013)
A successful 18 months-Task Force Northwood concludes its contribution to Operation ARTEMIS
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OTTAWA (September 2013)
Ex GUARDIAN JUSTICE helps CAF remain interoperable

After being put through their paces handcuffing and shackling prisoners, 71 Canadian Armed Forces personnel learned some very important lessons as they took part in a US-led exercise alongside US Army Reserve soldiers.

Exercise GUARDIAN JUSTICE, based at McGregor Range Complex in New Mexico in mid-August, focussed on training for handling detainees and prisoners of war. The four-month exercise was held in various increments and CAF military police took part in one of the14-day rotations, with two days of classroom study and the rest hands-on training.

"The Canadian Military Police remain focussed on maintaining a robust Detention capability to support CF operations,” said Former Colonel Tim Grubb, Canadian Forces Provost Marshal. “Exercises such as GUARDIAN JUSTICE not only strengthen this capability, but ensure that we remain interoperable with one of our most important allies."

“The first two days are death by PowerPoint,” said Major Steeve Gregoire, officer in charge of Canadian content. “Most of it was rules of engagement, law of war, and Geneva Convention and American policy …but this is why myself and Sergeant Larson were there as Canadian directing staff, to tell them [CAF members] this is the Canadian policy, so they got to see both sides of the coin.”

Ex GUARDIAN JUSTICE was a collective effort between Canada and the US, and even though both countries have different laws and rules, everyone learned to work together. “We had to understand the small differences between the two countries, and understand that we had to work within our own parameters and make things happen—but the differences are so minute,” said Maj Gregoire.

Once the classroom work was complete, the exercise then moved to the gradual training phase, where participants got the individual evaluation test standards, in preparation for the second week of collective training where soldiers learned to be able to run a full-size prison.

“After the classroom training,” said Maj Gregoire, “it went to Individual training, where we started doing the use of force, unarmed combat, how do search procedures, use of hand cuffs and body shackles, learned to do individual cell extractions, and riot control. To build up gradually so that when we started with the collective training we would have all the individual skills to be able to handle a disorder within the prison.”

Ex GUARDIAN JUSTICE, which is not only for military police but the CAF in general, is important for personnel being deployed to locations where the need may arise to work with prisoners of war.

“When we deploy overseas, we have to be able to run a detention facility in case we capture prisoners of war or detainees during the operation,” said Maj Gregoire. “We are training our soldiers in this area of expertise so when we do deploy, there are no surprises and our soldiers are mentally capable to perform the task of handling detainees properly.”

Even though the MPs are trained in police custody operations as part of their everyday jobs, taking care of detainees is something very different. This exercise was developed to educate and prepare soldiers to make sure all bases are covered and they are getting correct information about the humane care, custody and control of any detainees.

“You have to keep in mind this is a detention facility, so some of the rules of engagement and use of force principles are not the same. You must understand the nuances of a detention facility,” said Maj Gregoire.

OTTAWA
Ex African Endeavour – Canadians mentor in communications

For the third year the CAF took a major step in enhancing capacity among African partner nations, as nine Canadian Army personnel from 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group and Canadian Army Headquarters (HQ) mentored African soldiers in Zambia during Exercise AFRICA ENDEAVOR 13 (Ex AE).

Canadian Participation

AFRICA ENDEAVOR was a US Africa Command-led 10-day communications exercise, held August 5 to 16 that focused on interoperability and information sharing and increasing the capacity of participating nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian, or security crises.

“Canada’s participation in multi-national exercises such as Exercise AFRICA ENDEAVOR provides our members with a valuable collective training opportunity in an international context,” said Major Pascal Laforest, Canadian Contingent Chief of Delegation. “AE benefits the people of Africa by enabling effective regional communications in order to allow a coordinated African response to a natural disaster, humanitarian and security crisis. Canada’s ability to contribute to this goal was a true privilege.”

Canadian Army Role

The Canadian Army taught the use of Single Channel Radio, Local Area Network/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN), Training Design and Public Affairs with a focus on cross-border and cultural information sharing in support of military and civil actions in response to national crises, meeting peace and stability objectives and supporting the war against terrorism.

The first half of the exercise included classroom instruction in communications theory, set-up and configuration of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems, and revising current standard operating procedures in the African Union. The second half of the exercise allowed participants to test their knowledge and agility in a Command Post Exercise scenario.

“The Canadian military’s role is important not only for the skill sets we offered, but also for the ability to provide bilingual translation opening necessary lines of communication between the nations,” said Master Warrant Officer Denis Esculier, Sergeant-Major and Chief Instructor of the Canadian Delegation. “Africans are very welcoming people, seeing them work together and achieve the exercise goals was a huge accomplishment.”

In Attendance

Ex AE has been conducted annually since 2006 in various African countries and has trained more than 1,750 communications specialists. This year 38 African nations, four African organizations including the African Union and the African Union Regional Economic Communities, and five North American and European partner nations were in attendance.

The trip provided the Minister and the Chief with an opportunity to meet and thank military personnel for their commitment, hard work, and dedication on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Minister and the CDS also met defence and security partners and received updates on Canada’s contributions to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and efforts to thwart terrorist activities in the Arabian Sea region through participation in Combined Task Force 150.

OTTAWA (September 21, 2013)
Minister of National Defence and Chief of the Defence Staff visit deployed Canadian Armed Forces personnel
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Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2013)
Presentation of the Meritorious Service Cross to General Bantz J. Craddock (retired)
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OTTAWA (September 12, 2013)
Army commanders meet in New Zealand to discuss future operations
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OTTAWA (September 10, 2013)
Arctic Search and Rescue Exercise Greenland Sea 13
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OTTAWA (September 5, 2013)
Royal Canadian Navy participates in a combined international exercise in the Caribbean
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(September 3, 2013)
A NORAD first in the U.S. national capital region
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Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado (August 30, 2013)
Vigilant Eagle 2013 called "unprecedented" success Read the full story»

OTTAWA (August 27, 2013)
Operation Nanook 2013
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OTTAWA (August 20, 2013)
HMCS Toronto in the Gulf of Oman
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RESOLUTE BAY (August 16, 2013)
New Arctic Training Centre bossts Army's presence in the North
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SITKA ALASKA (August 12, 2013)
Search and rescue crews deploy to Alaska for training
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OTTAWA (August 2, 2013)
HMCS Ottawa: Shining the spot-light on the fight against illicit trafficking
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OTTAWA (August 2, 2013)
Operation NANOOK: The beginning of a summer challenge
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OTTAWA (August 1, 2013)
Designing and building the future of the Canadian Army
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OTTAWA (August 1, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces Begin Annual Northern Operation
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OTTAWA (July 29, 2013)
Canadian Warships Depart for Canada’s Arctic Waterways
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OTTAWA (July 22, 2013)
Canadian Warship Departs to Participate in Operation Caribbe
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KABUL (July 18, 2013)
Canadian Decoration Awarded to Two Afghan Generals
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OTTAWA (July 18, 2013)
New Commander for the Canadian Army
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HALIFAX (July 12, 2013)
Rear Admiral John Newton assumes command of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic
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OTTAWA (July 9, 2013)
Minister of National Defence and Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command unveil Afghanistan Memorial Vigil in Ottawa
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OTTAWA (June 27, 2013)
HMCS Toronto intercepts narcotics in the Red Sea
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OTTAWA (June 27, 2013)
Canadian Warship departs to support Operation Caribbe
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OTTAWA (June 27, 2013)
First CH-147F Chinook Helicopter arrives in Canada
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OTTAWA (June 22, 2013)
Troops Return From Afghanistan
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OTTAWA (June 20, 2013)
Soldiers participate in a multinational amphibious exercise at Camp Pendleton
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OTTAWA (June 20, 2013)
Vice Admiral Mark Norman assumes command of the Royal Canadian Navy
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OTTAWA (June 19, 2013)
Ministers MacKay and Ablonczy and General Lawson announce increased support to UN Mission in Haiti
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WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2013)
Minister MacKay meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel, honours Senator McCain and addresses the Inter-American Defense Board
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OTTAWA (June 17, 2013)
Military Personnel Leave for Afghanistan
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OTTAWA (June 13, 2013)
Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff Attends Second Annual Northern Chiefs of Defence Conference
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OTTAWA (June 6, 2013)
Canadian Warships Conduct Coastal Operations Off The Coast Of British Columbia
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OTTAWA (June 5, 2013)
Canadian Warship Disrupts Terrorism Activities in the Arabian Sea
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4 WING COLD LAKE (May 28, 2013)
Canada welcomes international forces to Exercise Maple Flag 46
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OTTAWA (May 25, 2013)
Canadian Warship Disrupts Another Narcotics Shipment
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KABOUL (May 24, 2013)
Major-General Milner takes command of Canada’s Training Mission in Afghanistan
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OTTAWA (May 21, 2013)
Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison Awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit
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OTTAWA (May 13, 2013)
Canadian Army Is Ready For Joint Exercises
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OTTAWA (May 13, 2013)
Royal Canadian Air Force begins TigerEx 2013
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OTTAWA (May 11, 2013)
Canadian Frigate Disrupts Narcotics Shipment
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OTTAWA (April 28, 2013)
Minister MacKay addresses global leaders at Sedona Forum
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OTTAWA (April 27, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces Commemorate the Battle of York
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OTTAWA (April 26, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces to host joint exercise in British Columbia
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OTTAWA (April 24, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces achieve objectives during High Arctic Operation
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OTTAWA (April 19, 2013)
The Governor General and the Chief of the Defence Staff introduce Soldier On Members for the South Pole Allied Challenge
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OTTAWA (April 2, 2013)
Canadian Armed Forces to Participate in Joint Multinational NATO Exercise
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OTTAWA (March 31, 2013)
HMCS Toronto makes history with massive narcotics haul
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OTTAWA (March 28, 2013)
Maritme Coastal Defence Vessels complete deployment on Operation Caribbean
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OTTAWA (February 15, 2013)
Canada extends its support for the French Mission in Mali
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WASHINGTON (February 12, 2013)
Partners in Defense
— General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses attendees at the Partners in Defense reception held last week at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.  The event is hosted annually by Canada’s Defence Attaché, currently Major-General Nicolas Matern, to thank our United States defense and security partners for their continuing friendship, support, cooperation and commitment to maintaining and enhancing Canada-United States relations.

OTTAWA (February 11, 2013)
International Exercises: Canadian Armed Forces participate in joint exercise off Hawaiian coast
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OTTAWA (January 27, 2013)
Honouring the Devil's Brigade
— In a ceremony held on Parliament Hill on January 27, Peter MacKay, the Minister of National Defence, presented 13 Devil's Brigade veterans with the Minister's Award for Operational Excellence.
The Devil's Brigade, or First Special Service Force, was an elite Canada-U.S. unit formed in 1942 for service during the Second World War. The unit served in the Aleutian Islands, Italy and France. With daring commando-style raids and other intense actions, the force played an important role in the allied victory.

The Devil's Brigade was disbanded in southeastern France in December 1944, but it paved the way for further Canadian and U.S. military cooperation, which continues today in North America and many other locations in the world.
"The First Special Service Force is a shining example of cooperation among Allied soldiers in the war, and a lasting symbol of trust between our two countries," Governor General David Johnston said at the ceremony.
Minister MacKay created the Minister's Award for Operational Excellence in 2011 to recognize military personnel and civilians who have demonstrated excellence while deployed overseas. The award is open to individuals, units, and organizations at all levels.

OTTAWA (December 5, 2012)
Royal Canadian Navy Assists In Large Drug Bust
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OTTAWA (November 19, 2012)
Canadian Forces to participate in a Joint Task Group Exercise with US Navy off the Atlantic Coast

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OTTAWA (October 18, 2012)
Minister MacKay Officially Marks Departure of the Canadian Sapphire Satellite
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OTTAWA (October 14, 2012)
Quebec Troops Leave For Afghanistan

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ESQUIMALT, B.C. (October 9, 2012)
International Exercises: Canadian Forces and US Navy participate in joint exercise

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 15, 2012)
Devil's Brigade Reunites at Canadian Embassy
— The Devil’s Brigade – the first joint American and Canadian Special Forces Unit ever created - reunited at the Canadian Embassy on September 27th to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its formation. The Embassy of Canada hosted a special reception to honour the members of the First Special Service Force who trained and fought together in high risk missions during World War II. The efforts of these veterans were a precursor for modern special forces units and illustrate the longstanding bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries, according to Major-General Matern who spoke before the 28 attending veterans and their families. “The First Special Forces Unit represented the best of two nations had to offer. Their skilfulness and remarkable esprit de corps are what characterized this unit. They are second to none,” he said.

Legislation to honour the veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal, introduced by U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana, is currently in circulation. The current bill is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 25 Senators and 101 Representatives. In order to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the FSSF, it must have 66 co-sponsors in the Senate and 290 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2012)
New Canadian Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C.
— Major-General Nicolas Matern became Canada's newest Defence Attaché during a change of command ceremony held today at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

MGen Matern is now commander of Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington), taking over from Rear-Admiral Richard Greenwood who has held the post since June, 2010. "These years have been very rewarding" said RAdm Greenwood. "It has been a privilege to serve here in Washington, working alongside our allies and friends to further foster and strengthen our mutual ties." The ceremony was presided over by Canada's Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson.

MGen Matern is no stranger to the United States, having previously been appointed Deputy Commanding General of XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. "I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work very closely with our U.S. and other western hemispheric partners," he said. "I'm honoured to be appointed to this position today."