Reservists’ summer training combines unique contributions, points of view: 4th Canadian Division

Article / September 8, 2016 / Project number: 16-0211

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Each year, Canadian Army Reservists participate in summer collective training, which is designed to prepare teams, units and other elements to perform specific tasks. These exercises take place in various locations across Canada. They foster greater collaboration and enable the Canadian Army’s well-led and well-trained soldiers to expand their individual and combined combat experience and share knowledge with their peers. For some participants, these exercises represent a first opportunity to witness how the combat arms – a team that includes Armour, Artillery, Infantry and Engineers – work together during an operation.

This is the third in a series of question-and answer articles that describe select perspectives captured from the various trades that make up a combined arms team. Each soldier offers a unique contribution based on his or her expertise and each will take away different lessons learned from their own experience.

By Natalie Flynn, Army Public Affairs with files from 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs

Petawawa, Ontario — In the following interview, a troop commander describes his contribution to Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2016.

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Name: Anton Rubisov

Unit: 32 Combat Engineer Regiment, Toronto, Ontario

Job Title: Troop Commander

Trade: Combat Engineer

Q1: What is your trade and role during Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2016?

A1: I am an Engineer, and in Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN I'll be a troop commander leading a field troop of over 30 combat engineers.

Q2: What is your mission in this exercise scenario?

A2: Being on the offensive side of the exercise, I'm expecting a range of mobility-related tasks to support our combined arms team, which would include bridging, assault boating and obstacle breaching.

Q3: What are you hoping to gain from this training?

A3: Having just finished my Basic Engineer Officer Course, I'm looking forward to gaining experience leading a real troop of Sappers [Combat Engineers] through the types of missions for which I've just been trained.

Q4: How valuable is the training, when dealing with combined arms?

A4: This exercise will prove invaluable toward furthering my understanding of the Engineer role within the combined arms environment, as it will be my first exposure to operating within a combat team. Since this is the type of operational work we expect as Engineers, Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN is shaping up to be an important developmental phase in my trade training.

More than 1,500 Reservists from 4th Canadian Division participated in Exercise STALWART GUARDIAN 2016, a summer training exercise that took place at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa in Ontario from August 13 to 26, 2016. Exercises like Ex STALWART GUARDIAN allow Reservists to maintain a high level of readiness, ensuring the Canadian Army is always ready to support domestic and international operations.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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