Canadian Army commences largest yearly exercise
May 12, 2017 – Wainwright, Alta. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Approximately 5000 personnel from Canada and four other nations, will officially begin Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2017 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alta. The exercise, the largest and most comprehensive Canadian Army training event of the year, will confirm the high readiness of Task Force Tomahawk soldiers based out of Petawawa, Ontario. Running from May 14 to 29, it culminates a busy progressive training schedule that began almost a year earlier.
The training will confirm the high readiness of Task Force Tomahawk, certifying their ability to operate anywhere in the world in order to deliver decisive land and air power as directed by the Government of Canada. Task Force Tomahawk will assume its responsibilities as the Canadian Army’s high readiness brigade on July 1, 2017.
“The following year is going to be extremely busy for the men and women of Task Force Tomahawk, as we deploy all over the world on behalf of the Government of Canada. Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE is the final test in proving that this Task Force is ready to undertake any mission, in any condition. I am proud of the skill and professionalism of these warriors and proud to have them represent the Canadian Army abroad.”
Colonel Conrad Mialkowski, Commander Task Force Tomahawk
“Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE is an immensely complex undertaking. Creating a realistic training environment that adequately prepares soldiers for a wide variety of tasks requires an intricate integration of assets from the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and international partners and allies. The result is an exercise, that above all other things, confirms Canadian Army readiness to tackle a wide spectrum of missions in a complex global security environment.”
Colonel Peter Scott, Commander Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE involves approximately 4000 Canadian Armed Forces members. Also participating in the exercise this year are soldiers from the Australian Army, British Army, New Zealand Defense Force, and United States Army. The total number of participants is approximately 5000, making it the most comprehensive and complex Canadian Army exercise of the year.
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2017 is the largest annual Canadian Army exercise that immerses soldiers in a dynamic, multi-element, combined arms, force-on-force scenario against a challenging enemy in an environment where the realities of a deployment are replicated as closely as possible.
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 17 involves a large air contingent including members from the Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Army National Guard. Some of the aircraft include: Canadian CH-147F Chinook and CH-146 Griffon helicopters, a King Air B200, a CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft and CF-18 Hornets. American aviation assets include UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2017 is the final component of the Canadian Army’s Road to High Readiness (RTHR) training program. RTHR is the Canadian Army’s flagship training regime that prepares soldiers for domestic or expeditionary deployments, as mandated by the Government of Canada. The goal of the training is to generate a competent, confident and integrated Army brigade that can provide scalable, mission-tailored, and responsive forces for full-spectrum operations.
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, under the banner of Task Force Tomahawk, began the Road to High Readiness in July, 2016. It will assume the mantle of the Canadian Army’s High Readiness Task Force in summer 2017 and will be ready for missions in Latvia, Iraq, Ukraine, and anywhere else the Government of Canada may require Canadian Army soldiers in 2017 / 2018.
Major Mike Lagace
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2017 Public Affairs Officer
Department of National Defence
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