In an effort to enhance their command and control techniques and increase their interoperability with allies, approximately 300 Canadian Army soldiers are participating in an American-led military exercise south of the border.
Exercise WARFIGHTER is presently taking place at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, U.S.A. from January 26 to February 13, 2015.
“Exercise WARFIGHTER will help the Canadian Army become more efficient and agile as we continue to develop combat effective units capable of responding to a multitude of threats,” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, commander Canadian army. “By training regularly in realistic and challenging scenarios, our soldiers remain Strong, Proud and Ready to fulfill their core missions including the conduct of domestic and international operations.”
The Canadian Army soldiers are working alongside approximately 3,000 American troops from the Army Regular and Reserve Forces, as well as the Army and Air National Guard.
This type of training strengthens their ability to deploy anywhere at any time while at the same time gaining experience in working with the United States (US) Army and enhancing interoperability with a key ally.
“Exercises such as WARFIGHTER are an important way for our members to participate in multi-national training with our allies. The men and women of the 4th Canadian Division are proud and ready to meet Canada’s defence objectives, both at home and abroad,” said Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, commander 4th Canadian division.
Exercise WARFIGHTER is a training event designed to test troop’s readiness, responsiveness and skills in a variety of scenarios that simulate a full-scale military operation, while providing a continuous training opportunity for the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Task Forces.
The exercise allows participating soldiers an opportunity to practice and refine their command and control techniques, as well as refine information flow between subordinate and higher commands.
American soldiers participating in Exercise WARFIGHTER are from 22 different units from the U.S. Army Regular and Reserve Forces, the US Army and Air National Guard, including Army National Guard members from 38th Infantry Division headquartered in Indiana.
The Canadian Army participants are from 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Canadian Forces Base Kingston and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.
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