‘Akin to war’: US troops are in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Petawawa

“They’ve invaded; I mean certainly if it’s not war, it’s akin to war.” – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, CBC’s Power and Politics broadcast, March 3, 2014

Who’s on first? “Capt Rob Cuthie, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, points out the brigade's battle plan with WO Dan Covert, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, and Capt Reed Preece. Pennsylvania Army National Guard, during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2014.” | MCpl Faye Worthy © 2013 DND-MDN Canada

Who’s on first? “Capt Rob Cuthie, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, points out the brigade’s battle plan with WO Dan Covert, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, and Capt Reed Preece. Pennsylvania Army National Guard, during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2014.” | MCpl Faye Worthy © 2013 DND-MDN Canada

THE following releases issued by the Government of Canada’s Department of National Defence illustrate how foreign troops are carrying out military exercises on Canadian territory on virtually a non-stop basis throughout the year. All the exercises are carried out under the Pentagon’s Northern Command (NORTHCOM), which simultaneously includes the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

The annexed Harper government is a war government and the annexed territory of Canada forms the largest U.S. military base in the world. No more fitting expression than that used by the invaded foreign minister could be found, namely, that the country has been invaded. The Harper concept of “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity” exists under the barrel of U.S. guns; these “sovereigns” handed over the nation – lock, stock and barrel, which they then justify as a “sovereign” decision, while it is US imperialism that holds the mortgage on the territory. It is clear that this is not a bad government but a treasonous government. All the members of the parliament, the so-called democrats and liberals included, will be accomplices in this crime if they continue to “grapple” with annexation, if they continue “to waste words where they should use their power.”

GUERRIER NORDIQUE

News release from the Canadian Army:

QUEBEC, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Nearly one hundred and sixty reservists comprised of the 35 Canadian Brigade Group (35 CBG), the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG), and the American National Guard will take part in a military training exercise from March 1st to 9th 2014 in the surrounding Iqaluit area of Nunavut.

The military personnel will conduct several types of training that includes itinerary reconnaissance patrols, search and rescue, and the arctic survival techniques.

The exercise will confirm the expertise acquired by the members 35 CBG’s Arctic Response Company Group and Domestic Response Company through the support of 1 CRPG. Be advised that twenty snowmobiles will be circulating in the surrounding Iqaluit.

All the necessary measures have been taken in order to minimize the impact on the local population and environment. The military personnel will only be using blank rounds and smoke grenades, no live rounds nor will any other type of pyrotechnics be used during the exercise.

NOTE: Under the overall command of United States  Northern Command (NORTHCOM)

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US National Guard in Petawawa “to prepare for a High Readiness Task Force”

Capt Reed Preece, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and Cpl Nathan Richey, Royal Canadian Dragoons, work on the brigades battle plans during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2014 at CFB Petawawa. They are reading computer ”exif date“ – “a record of the settings a camera used to take a photo or video. This information is embedded into the files the camera saves, and we read and display it here.”| MCpl Faye Worthy © 2013 DND-MDN Canada

Capt Reed Preece, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and Cpl Nathan Richey, Royal Canadian Dragoons, work on the brigades battle plans during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2014 at CFB Petawawa. They are reading computer ”exif date“ – “a record of the settings a camera used to take a photo or video. This information is embedded into the files the camera saves, and we read and display it here.”| MCpl Faye Worthy
© 2013 DND-MDN Canada

On February 25, the Canadian Forces completed a U.S.-assisted, computer-assisted exercise in Petawawa, a large military base near Ottawa, which will help prepare them for potential future missions, according to a news release from the Department of National Defence (DND). The exercise is the first of two parts, with the larger exercise to take place this spring in Wainright, Alberta. According to Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie, Commander of 4th Canadian Division, “Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2014 is a critical part of the progressive training for elements of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in order to prepare for a High Readiness Task Force. This is achieved by exercising operational planning and command and control during challenging and changing operations.”

More from the DND press release:

Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE (UR 14) began on February 11th included members from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) as well as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ex UR 14′s objective was to test the overall planning, command and control capabilities of two task forces in anticipation of the largest Canadian Army readiness exercise of the year, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2014, which is scheduled for later this spring in Wainwright, Alberta.

During the two-week exercise, participants reacted to computer-generated scenarios which simulated an army brigade response to a realistic and complex situation. It allowed soldiers to practise full spectrum operations, including deliberate attacks, mobile defence and assistance to non-governmental organizations.

Quick Facts
– Ex UR 14 is the first part of a two-exercise series. The second training event, Ex MAPLE RESOLVE*, will validate a task force’s readiness for deployment as directed by the Government of Canada.

– Approximately 630 participants took part in Ex UR 14. These included 280 Petawawa-based soldiers from 2 CMBG, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and 14 soldiers from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

*About Exercise Maple Resolve, annual month-long exercise

– In 2013, nearly 3,000 soldiers from across Canada; including the next high-readiness Task Force took part from May 16 to June 13. “This exercise showcases the best of the Canadian Armed Forces – with a robust contribution from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Forces Health Services, governmental organizations and a significant contribution from allied American troops (U.S. Army – TS).  This exercise is designed to refine and hone military skill sets on a variety of levels and elements, through one single, immersive training event.” – News release from the CF.

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True North, Strong, Proud and Ready (sic): Canadian, U.S. and Polish armies train in Arctic exercises

“As Canadians we emphasize our very strong support — and we emphasize this to all the countries in the region — our very strong support for the territorial integrity and the respect of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper at an event on February 27, 2014 in Toronto, as two U.S. warships were in the Black Sea

“It is no exaggeration to say that the need to assert our sovereignty and protect our territorial integrity in the North on our terms have never been more urgent.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, July, 2007. This was stated three years before U.S. marines entered the Canadian Arctic in 2010 on annual basis “to help  protect Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic” (U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Halifax International Security Forum, November 20, 2009, press conference with Defence Minister Peter MacKay, announcing the arrangement) – a peculiar concept of sovereignty.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 19, 2014) Department of National Defence

U.S. Consul General Peter O'Donohue travelled to Chisasibi with Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, to observe annual winter warfare training, EXERCISE GUERRIER NORDIQUE 2011, by Canadian Forces first hand. Local Canadian troops were joined by U.S. Army and Polish Land Forces at La Grande, in Northern Quebec. The training exercise, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-François Bertrand, brought together some 500 soldiers from the 35 Canadian Brigade Group based in Valcartier, U.S. National Guard soldiers from states bordering Canada (Maine and Minnesota), and a dozen Polish Land Forces.

U.S. Consul General Peter O’Donohue travelled to Chisasibi with Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, to observe annual winter warfare training, EXERCISE GUERRIER NORDIQUE 2011, by Canadian Forces first hand. Local Canadian troops were joined by U.S. Army and Polish Land Forces at La Grande, in Northern Quebec. The training exercise, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-François Bertrand, brought together some 500 soldiers from the 35 Canadian Brigade Group based in Valcartier, U.S. National Guard soldiers from states bordering Canada (Maine and Minnesota), and a dozen Polish Land Forces.

Approximately 2,350 Canadian soldiers from across the country are taking part in several Arctic training exercises over the next two months. These exercises aim to maintain and refine both the Canadian Army’s operational capabilities and soldiers’ ability to operate in the Arctic’s austere conditions.

During these exercises, soldiers will have the opportunity to refine skills that enable them to operate in some of the most isolated and challenging areas of Canada. They will execute a wide range of tactics, techniques and procedures including: Arctic survival; search and rescue; live fire; Arctic patrols; and quick response to a simulated threat or hazard in Canada’s North.

The training is focused on the integrating Canadian Army soldiers (Regular and Reserve Force) with the Canadian Rangers, who are the eyes and ears of the military in sparsely settled and isolated northern regions. The Canadian Army has also invited soldiers from the United States Army National Guard and the Polish Armed Forces to take part in the training, strengthening interoperability between Canada and these nations. (emphasis added)

Quick Facts

The list of Arctic training exercises is as follows:

NORTHERN SOJOURN

Location: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dates: February 3-March 9, 2014

Size: Approximately 1 200 soldiers (including approximately 30 soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard and approximately eight soldiers from the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade)

Lead: 5th Canadian Division

ARCTIC RAM

Location: Kugaaruk, Nunavut

Dates: February 13-26, 2014

Size: Approximately 500 soldiers

Lead: 3rd Canadian Division

TRILLIUM RESPONSE

Location: Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

Dates: February 15-23, 2014

Size: Approximately 350 soldiers

Lead: 4th Canadian Division

GUERRIER NORDIQUE

Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut

Dates: March 1-9, 2014

Size: Approximately 185 soldiers

Lead: 2nd Canadian Division

SABRE GLACÉ

Location: Resolute Bay, Nunavut

Dates: March 20-April 1, 2014

Size: Approximately 115 soldiers

Lead: 2nd Canadian Division

RAFALE BLANCHE

Location: Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec

Dates: January 28-February 5, 2014

Size: Approximately 2,500 soldiers, 700 vehicles from Valcartier, the Quebec-based 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), and a platoon of 20 paratroopers from the Polish Army’s 6th Airborne Brigade, based in Krakow, Poland.

Lead: n/a

U.S. army has a video of a simulated prisoner extraction exercise, part of Ex Rafale Blanche:

Canadian Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment during a simulated raid on Mont Radar while on Exercise RAFALE BLANCHE in Saint-Sylvestre, Québec ...

http://hmonghot.com/U2JSTVNWVWhoa00z

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