On an unseasonably humid and hot day in September 2017, the CMF Team had the unparalleled opportunity to spend a day in the life of a Canadian Army soldier as part of Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT.
While decked out in full military gear in 26-degree weather, our team had a very real-life experience of what Canadian soldiers go through on a regular basis. From carrying and firing guns, to travelling in a Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle, to riding in a Chinook helicopter, our team had the chance to do it all.
An annual exercise held at the 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT drew close to 400 civilians this year during the week of Sept. 19-22. The exercise gives senior members of the public service and leaders from Canada’s business community a firsthand look at how the Canadian Army is able to be “Scalable, Agile and Responsive.”
The day consisted of tours of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa. Participants had the chance to view demonstrations that covered weapons familiarization; vehicle operation; engineering demonstrations; and an equipment display.
In the morning, CMF Magazine Publisher and Editorial Director, Cyndi Mills, and her Executive Assistant, Michelle Levesque, took part in intensive training with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, getting an up-close look at the power of their hardware. After lunch, they had the chance to put their training to the test at the urban operations segment.
Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT gives participants a chance to connect with soldiers and gain a greater appreciation for what they do, to which our team can attest. The experience gave the CMF Team a new respect for the combat trades and a greater appreciation for what the Canadian Army does for its country.
Here are a few pictures of what Cyndi and Michelle experienced during the exercise. The ladies appreciated the professionalism, respect and patience they were given from all of the soldiers who made their day memorable.
Readers can also visit cmfmag.ca to have a glimpse on how these military spouses fared and their newfound appreciation for their husbands and the work they do, along with all of the other Canadian soldiers.