Over 1,700 Canadian Army soldiers of both the Regular and Primary Reserve Force from across Ontario put their skills to the test during Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2019.
The annual confirmation training exercise, conducted from August 11 to 25, gave Canadian Armed Forces personnel the opportunity to hone and confirm the skills necessary to respond to Canadian and International requests for assistance.
This year’s Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2019 offered participants realistic and demanding training across a wide range of scenarios which tested the troops’ skills in a dynamic battlespace, and provided an opportunity for soldiers to build on proficiencies learned throughout their summer individual training.
“The 2019 iteration of Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN was a great success. This training shows that soldiers from across 4th Canadian Division have the necessary skill sets to respond when the Canadian Army is called on both at home and abroad. Participants from across Ontario, a combination of both Regular and Primary Reserve Force soldiers, can be proud of the training they accomplished during this annual training exercise,” stated Brigadier-General Conrad Mialkowski, Commander, 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (Central) in a press release.
Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2019 took place on the training grounds of the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford and Canadian Forces Base Petawawa Ont.
The training for soldiers from infantry, artillery, armoured reconnaissance, and combat engineer units included mounted and dismounted patrols, live-fire training, tactical cross-country movement, and combat scenarios with supporting trades including a signal regiment, service battalion, and field ambulance services.
As of fall 2019, 4th Canadian Division will be assuming responsibility for preparing soldiers who will be deployed on international and domestic operations.
The division is committed to generating and sustaining an agile, capable force, able to react at short notice to support international and domestic commitments.