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Article / February 5, 2015 / Project number: c-ar-wolf-pack-precept

Approximately 250 troops from 33 Territorial Battalion Group (33 TBG) simultaneously conducted three exercises in Garrison Petawawa on the weekend of January 23 – 25, 2015. The first, Exercise WOLF PACK PRECEPT was conducted at the Simulation Centre and used a computer simulation to train members of 33 TBG Headquarters. At the same time other soldiers of 33 TBG were in the field as part of Exercise RIVER THRUST and Exercise COLLECTIVE TRAINING 3. While the companies and platoons of 33 TBG were in the field practicing as a fighting force the headquarters was practicing how to organize and direct that fighting force.

Exercise RIVER THRUST and COLLECTIVE TRAINING 3 were company level exercises which allowed soldiers to practice skills such as orders, battle procedure, reconnaissance, and tactical movement all while learning how to live and fight in a frigid winter environment. Major Jean-Paul Pendergast of The Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles described Exercise RIVER THRUST as “an opportunity for soldiers to meet our battle task standards related to offensive operations such as infiltration and raids. These skills will culminate in future exercises such as Stalwart Guardian.”

For members of the 33 TBG Headquarters the weekend meant practicing a different, but equally important, set of skills. At the Simulation Centre the Headquarters practiced planning and directing virtual operations involving artillery, armoured vehicles and thousands of soldiers. Lieutenant-Colonel McKinstry stated, Commanding Officer of 33 TBG, remarked that Exercise WOLF PACK PRECEPT was a unique opportunity for the headquarters to work and gel together. “The computer simulation lets us think about complex problems we will later see when the entire TBG is deployed in the field. The headquarters staff learns how to fulfill their individual duties and as a group we begin to develop a battle rhythm.”

When 33 TBG comes together as a team, for exercises such as Stalwart Guardian, for example, or during a domestic emergence, such as the 1998 ice storm, the planning ability of the headquarters staff and the soldier’s skills of troops on the ground will complement each other. 33 TBG is a part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, a Canadian Army formation made up of 16 reserve regiments throughout Eastern Ontario.

By Captain Atchison, 33 Canadian Brigade Group, Public Affairs

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