Industry leaders experience first-hand the life of a soldier
Stakeholders and civilian leaders experienced first-hand the life of a Canadian Army soldier during Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT 16, held September 19-23, 2016 at 4th Canadian Division Support Base, Petawawa.
“The aim of Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT is to familiarize senior government personnel, industry leaders, and influential Canadians with the combat capabilities of the 4th Canadian Division and the Canadian Army,” said Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, Commander 4th Canadian Division. “This exercise is an ideal platform to showcase our personnel and equipment to Canadians so they can know that their military is strong, proud, and ready.”
More than 400 participants, invited through the Joint Command and Staff Program, the Young Presidents Organization, the Business Council of Canada, and the Policy Officer Recruitment Program participated in the exercise over five days. Participants were placed into platoons, outfitted with Army uniforms and kit, and assigned fire team partners.
Participants practiced camouflage and concealment, C7A2 rifle drills, and fired the gamut of Army small arms, up to and including the C16 automatic grenade launcher and 25-mm Bushmaster cannon. They witnessed a shock-blast demonstration that included the live firing of mortars, the Carl Gustav anti-tank recoilless rifle, the main gun of the Leopard 2A4 tank, and the king of battle himself: high-explosive rounds from the M777 Howitzer.
In a departure from previous iterations of Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT, this year included the successful partnering of participants with the Task Force Tomahawk fire team who spent the day mentoring their guests and answering questions about the Canadian Army, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and the newly rolled out Task Force Tomahawk.
Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT 16 was an excellent opportunity to showcase the Army to important Canadians, as well as familiarize them with the Task Force poised to assume the high readiness mantle later in 2017.
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