Army Cadets get a blast out of learning at Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER

Article / October 26, 2017 / Project number: 17-0274-A

By Karla Gimby, Army Public Affairs

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Bracebridge, Ontario — Two Air Weapons Technicians from the Royal Canadian Air Force took time from their busy schedules at Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER 2017 to travel to Bracebridge, Ontario on October 18, 2017 to visit with 2250 The Muskoka Pioneers Royal Canadian Army Cadets.

The technicians brought along a complete suite of explosive ordnance disposal equipment, including a bomb suit and two remotely operated vehicles, to help explain to the cadets what their trade does in the military and about the Canadian Armed Forces’ counter explosive threat capability.

Captain Laura Pepper, Commanding Officer of 2250 The Muskoka Pioneers, said it is an amazing opportunity to have Regular Force members visit with her cadets.

“Exposing the cadets to a variety of career options the military offers opens their eyes to all of the possibilities. And everyone had fun trying on the bomb suit and seeing the robots in action.”

Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER is a Canadian Armed Forces annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal exercise. The theme of the 2017 exercise, held from October 16 to November 3, is "Countering the explosive threat in Peace Support Operations" and the scenarios will "highlight the complex nature of threats in such missions and the critical need for common training amongst international militaries, civilian agencies and law enforcement officers."

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