Reservists’ summer training combines unique contributions, points of view: 5th Canadian Division

Article / September 26, 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 fourth 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 5th Canadian Division

Public Affairs

Rank: Sergeant

Name: Allan Grimmer

Unit: 1st (Halifax Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment

Job Title: Field artillerymanArtillery Detachment Commander

Trade: Artillery

Q1: What is your trade and role during Exercise STRIDENT TRACER 2016?

A1: My role here is to be a detachment commander for call sign 2-5 Alpha, the composite artillery battery.

Q2: What is your mission in this exercise scenario?

A2: Our mission here on this exercise is to provide indirect fire support for “Task Force Guardian”, the artillery element of Exercise STRIDENT TRACER 2016.

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

A3: I hope to gain some more professional development as a senior non-commissioned officer and the ability to pass on my knowledge and skill to my subordinates.

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

A4: This training here for the combined arms is very valuable because it allows [the other teams] to understand what we do in the field artillery and what we can provide by way of support in their mission.

More than 1,000 Reservists from 5th Canadian Division participated in Exercise STRIDENT TRACER 2016, a summer training exercise that took place at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in New Brunswick from August 20 to 27, 2016.

Exercises like Ex STRIDENT TRACER allow Reservists to maintain a high level of readiness, ensuring the Canadian Army is always prepared to support domestic and international operations.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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