What does the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) in Wainwright have to offer that makes this place the final major collective training milestone before the Battle Group is ready to deploy to Afghanistan?
“CMTC can provide a level of realism that is not achievable anywhere else in Canada,” said Lieutenant Colonel Roger Barrett, Commanding Officer of Task Force 3-08 Battle Group. “Incorporating actors, role players and an extremely advanced Weapons Effects Simulation system, will allow us to test our ability to operate in a very complex, dynamic and sometimes chaotic environment.”
Perhaps its poetic justice, revenge or just payback for spending the month of February in the desert of New Mexico, many of the soldiers arrived in the training area to be greeted by fresh snow.
“Be it snow or sand it’s just another obstacle that we have to be prepared to overcome,” added Lieutenant Colonel Barrett. “Being able to adapt is just one of the reasons why Canadian Forces members are among the best trained and most experienced soldiers in the world. Exercise Maple Guardian will be a key part of our preparation.”
The exercise will go on until the middle of May, at which time, Task Force 3-08 Battle group will have completed all their collective training and be ready to take on the difficult tasks in Afghanistan.