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Exercise COMMON GROUND II unites more than 1,000 soldiers in Gagetown

Exercise COMMON GROUND II will take place in Gagetown, NB, from November 12th to 18th.  More than 1,000 Canadian Army soldiers from across the country will be involved.

This specific exercise fulfills individual course assessment requirements for nine different career courses. It also contributes to the operational readiness of our troops by exposing students and other military personnel to realistic scenarios using acquired skills as well as challenging them to work as a team.

“The Army is, at its most basic level, a team: a team made up of Regular and Reserve members as well as civilians, all working toward the common goals of protecting Canadians and contributing to international peace and security. Exercise COMMON GROUND II is designed to conduct the training that makes those goals a reality,” explained Lieutenant-Colonel Robbin Dove, Commanding Officer, Tactics School.

This exercise will combine computer simulations, classroom, and practical instruction into a single collective setting of combat team operations’ experience.

“As the centre of excellence for Army individual training, the Combat Training Centre plays a critical role in fulfilling the Army’s mandate to generate combat-effective, multi-purpose land forces. The combined arms training that Exercise COMMON GROUND II provides is instrumental to ensuring that mandate is met and, in most cases, exceeded,” said Colonel Craig Aitchison, Commander, Gagetown’s Combat Training Centre.


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Genevieve Trudeau Senecal

Genevieve Trudeau Senecal is a military wife, mother of two beautiful little boys and active member of the military family community in Valcartier, Quebec. Genevieve has a Bachelor in Journalism from Concordia University (Montreal) and has studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She has worked several years as a journalist in sports car racing (Montreal) and as a radio host & journalist (near Bagotville) before marrying into the military in 2013. She is now a stay-at-home-mom and volunteers many hours weekly at the Valcartier Family Centre. Geneviève Trudeau Senécal est une femme de militaire, maman de deux merveilleux petit garçons et membre active de la communauté militaire de la base militaire de Valcartier, Québec. Geneviève est détentrice d'un baccalauréat en journalisme de l'Université Concordia (Montréal) et a étudier à l'école des médias et du journalisme du Danemark (DSMJ). Elle a travaillé plusieurs années comme journaliste en sports automobiles (Montréal) ainsi que comme animatrice et journaliste radio (près de Bagotville) avant de se marier en 2013. Elle est maintenant maman à la maison et bénévole active du Centre de la famille de Valcartier.

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