Largest Army-led exercise underway

The largest army-led joint force-on-force exercise of the year is currently underway to test the skills of members of the Canadian Army and their ability to integrate joint capabilities with multinational forces.

Members of the Canadian Army pass an Eagle feather during a sharing circle with American and Canadian military to mark the beginning of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE at CFB Wainwright on May 9, 2022. Photo by: Master Sailor Dan Bard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera. Image courtesy of Canadian Armed Forces photo.

Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 22, taking place from May 10 – May 22, will see approximately 1,800 members of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG), 680 U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and National Guard soldiers, and 20 U.S. Marines come together for this multinational exercise. Other participants also include 150 members from the British Army and other enablers from the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force, for a total force of more than 3,200 personnel.

“We live in an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world. As events in Ukraine have shown us, the ability to integrate combined arms remains fundamental to success in battle. Collective training events such as Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 22 provide the foundational skills necessary to address current and emerging security challenges, and are thus vital to our readiness,” said Gen. Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff.

About Maple Resolve

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces take a moment to regroup after securing a building during a simulated attack in the Rocky Ford Urban Training Area during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, Alberta, on May 15, 2022. Photo by: S1 Zach Barr. Image courtesy of Canadian Armed Forces photo.

Exercise Maple Resolve “provides a unique opportunity to validate combat readiness and to support the Canadian Army’s operational commitments,” according to the Department of National Defence.

It challenges soldiers in an environment that closely models modern conflict, complete with simulated villages populated with professional actors, simulated media, and social media environments.

This exercise is seen as especially significant in light of current world events.

Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre, meet with 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment personnel at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright Training Area during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 22 on 12 May 2022. Photo by: Corporal Jonathan King, Canadian Forces Support Group (Ottawa/Gatineau) Imaging Services.

“In a world that has grown darker, our military must be prepared to respond to any threat. Exercises like MAPLE RESOLVE ensure that our military is able to fight and win while protecting the security of Canadians and our allies. I sincerely thank all personnel involved for their hard work to prepare for and participate in this exercise, which I was honoured to attend today,” said Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, who visited soldiers deployed on Exercise Maple Resolve alongside Gen. Eyre.

The exercise is taking place at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre at the 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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