In May of 2018, once again we were part of the civilian support for the Canadian Armed Forces exercise known as “Maple Resolve 2018.” These manoeuvres are part of a “Contemporary Operating Environment” that help the CAF and their allies learn to work together and sharpen their skills.
It’s the largest annual military exercise for the CAF. It takes place in Wainwright, Alberta at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre. This is our home territory, and we were able to provide support for over 6000 troops to help with their training.
We can’t talk about specifics but were very proud to provide the civilian interface with the military to support their annual exercise, and the short version is that the exercise was a success. We are proud to support the troops, and it was great to lend them our experience with the climate and terrain to help take advantage of this complex environment for their training.
One of the highlights, of course, was seeing the US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in action (check out our photos on Instagram). They also had our own Canadian CH147F Chinook and CH-146 Griffon helicopters, and watching those work together was great.
Are there future plans to work with our forces on “Maple Resolve 2019”, or “Common Ground”, or other exercises? This is where that phrase “I can neither confirm nor deny…” helps, because for security reasons we can’t announce in advance whether we’re involved or not.
It’s enough to say that we’re proud of our work with the Canadian Armed Forces, and grateful for the chance to support them in whatever way is needed.