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xx Which Unit?

October 26, 2014, 14:28:21 by TrexLink
I was watching live coverage of the honour guard being reinstituted at the War Memorial. The first two guards were identified as being from 2RCR. They were replaced by two soldiers wearing DEU but with what seemed to be some sort of forage cap with a light band on it. Which unit were they from? Thanks.
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xx Letter to the Editor Re: Canada's Role in the Fight Against ISIS

October 24, 2014, 21:32:19 by Gronk
The following is a letter to the editor printed in my local newspaper here in Whitehorse.

Re: Debate about the Canadian Armed Forces' role in the fight against ISIS

   As a Canadian Veteran, I would like to dispel a few myths, and elevate the debate in regards to Canada's role in this fight against ISIS. I am angered that all the political parties in this country seem to be trying to "score points" in regards to this issue on the backs of the brave men and women whose task it is to carry out this mission.

   Myth #1 - "This is/is not a 'Combat Mission'" : There is no such thing as a "Combat" mission, there are only missions. Sometimes your mission is dangerous, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes you are armed, sometimes you are not. Sometimes it is an overseas mission, sometimes domestic. Sometimes you wear a blue beret, sometimes a green helmet. The made up title of "Combat Mission" has no bearing on your task, it's difficulty, or it's danger. It does not exist. I have served on operations in Canada where I was armed, but not in danger, and I know unarmed military observers who were in extreme danger on their operations.

   Myth #2 - "We need to have an 'Exit Strategy'" : Another beast that does not exist. No nation, alliance, empire, city state, clan or tribe has ever, in the history of armed conflict, going back to the stone age, gone into a fight with an "Exit strategy" or, if you prefer, a plan to leave immediately if, "Things don't work out the way we plan". There are two sayings that military commanders use when making a battle plan, "No plan survives contact with the enemy" and, "The enemy always gets to have their say in your plan". The "Fog of war" permeates every armed conflict. If someone tells you, with any kind of certainty, "This is what will happen on this mission" , he is lying to you. There are simply too many possible outcomes in armed conflict. The variables are endless. Having an "Exit strategy" going into war is like planning your wedding for noon, and having a date lined up for nine o'clock in case it doesn't work out. It is what it is, war will be what it will be.

   Myth #3 - "This is/is not a 'Real War'" : War is always evolving. We do not line up in three ranks, in an open field, at a prescribed time, to trade salvos of musket fire anymore. Cavalry units don't ride horses in combat anymore. Nations, very rarely, if ever, formally declare war upon each other anymore. Even so called "Peacekeeping" missions have changed. Peacekeeping, as it was envisioned, is an armed force deployed between two warring nation state's professional military. The two nations have agreed to stop fighting, and the neutral peacekeeping force is there to enforce the negotiated and agreed upon settlement. This does not happen anymore (if it ever even did). Which bring me to the last myth...

   Myth #4 - "Canadians are the World's 'Peacekeepers'" : This one really irks me. Canada IS NOT, and never has been, a neutral country. We have interests abroad, and alliances to maintain. We desire peace and stability in the world, but the world is a dangerous place. We must be prepared to defend our country and our way of life. These alliances, which have kept us safe for many years, come with obligations. The defense of Canada is our armed forces' primary mission and reason for existing. Period. Full stop. Peace support operations are only a sideline. The reason that Canadian service members have a reputation as good peacekeepers is that they are well trained and professional soldiers (and sailors, and airmen, and airwomen) first. The vast majority of their training is for full out war. That is the only way. I can tell you, having worn the blue beret under the UN in Croatia, a green beret under NATO in Bosnia, and a green kevlar helmet under an alliance in Afghanistan, I have witnessed, and been extremely grateful for, Canadian soldiers' war fighting abilities.

   It is not my intention to offer my personal opinion, nor influence the reader's, about weather we should or should not deploy Canada's military, or what their mission should or should not be, but I feel very strongly that we, as Canadian citizens, should be having this conversation. Too many of us have forgotten that we owe, and should be thankful for, the freedom and luxury of being able to give our opinion in the public sphere, to those who have sacrificed on our behalf. The stakes are too high, and too much Canadian blood has been spilled, to stick our heads in the sand now.

   Lest We Forget

   Darcy Grossinger C.D.
   Whitehorse Yukon
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xx Time to Arm Cenotaph Guard? (split from Domestic Terrorism)

October 23, 2014, 13:47:44 by Cdn Blackshirt
The above post was removed initially as it identified the Honour Guard before any details were know as to seriousness of Cpl Cirillo's condition. 

Photos are now appearing all over the media of the days events.  Some even capture the Shooter getting into his car at the War Memorial to drive to Parliament Hill around the corner.

I have a question: I keep seeing this photo showing two soldiers.

I assume the premise is to have more eyes.

What happened to the second soldier?

I don't recall hearing reports of him returning fire.

Please don't tell me that after what happened in Montreal that these guys were carrying unloaded weapons?

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xx Domestic Terrorism-Public Attacks on CAF Personnel

October 20, 2014, 17:09:50 by RoyalDrew
Potential terror attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Canadian Forces members, more to follow.

Driver runs over two Canadian soldiers outside Montreal, police shoot and kill driver after high-speed chase

Postmedia News | October 20, 2014 | Last Updated: Oct 20 4:04 PM ET
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A man in his 30s was shot dead by police south of Montreal on Monday morning after two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car. Police say the man fled the scene of the accident when police arrived, was involved in a chase, lost control of his car and flipped it, got out of the car and ran at police with a knife.

It began just before noon, when the soldiers were hit in the parking lot of a strip mall in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the suspect sped off. The regional police followed him and he lost control at an intersection.

When police caught up, the suspect climbed out of his car, a knife in his hand, and ran at them. Police opened fire and he died.
Because the local St-Jean-sur-Richelieu police were involved in a fatality, another police force, in this case the Sûrété du Québec, has taken over the investigation.

Courtesy of The National Post

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xx 20 million lawsuit/PTSD

October 19, 2014, 00:58:31 by Sheep Dog AT

2 thoughts
He was never diagnosed
Even if he was, it doesn't mean he can break the law
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