Above image: On December 7, 2022, 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery members deployed as part of Operation REASSURANCE over the holiday season. Image courtesy of CAF. Photos by: MCpl B.J. Liddy, CFB Shilo Base Imagery.
Miles and miles away from loved ones, more than 800 members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) were deployed as part of Operation REASSURANCE over the holiday season.
The soldiers deployed to Eastern and Central Europe to support NATO’s presence, posture, deference and defence measures in the region.
Amongst these soldiers were members of 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, who left CFB Shilo on Dec. 7.
Where are they?
The troops deployed over the holidays were split into two primary locations.
Many of the CAF soldiers are primarily deployed to Camp Adazi, Latvia, as part of the Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia (eFP Latvia). Led by Canada, this eFP consists of eight other nations and trains as part of the Latvian Land Forces Infantry Brigade to promote stability and security, present a deterrent to any adversaries, and refine their ability to conduct defensive operations.
The remaining 60 or so soldiers are stationed at Prestwick, Scotland, as part of Air Task Force Prestwick (ATF-P). ATF-P has become a main hub of transportation for the CAF that supports CAF operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Celebrating the holidays
Deploying over the holiday season means these soldiers will have to find a way to celebrate this special time of the year in their own way.
“Each member will recognize or celebrate the season according to their own beliefs and traditions,” said a Canadian Joint Operations Command spokesperson.