National Defence - 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

National Defence - 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

January 25, 2007 08:00 ET

32nd Canadian Brigade Group-First of its Kind in Canada: New Urban Operations Training Centre

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2007) - An opening ceremony for the new Indoor Urban Operations Training Centre near Downsview Park today means soldiers of 32 Canadian Brigade Group (32 CBG) can now conduct training in a simulated town modelled after urban terrain in Afghanistan.

"The Indoor Urban Operations Training Centre is 32 Canadian Brigade Group's response to the change in the way our troops are fighting overseas," says Colonel Gerry Mann, Commander of 32 CBG. "We send soldiers to Afghanistan and it is our responsibility to provide the formative training that a soldier requires before he or she begins predeployment training."

The new facility is the first of its kind in Canada. While other training facilities for urban operations exist, none of them simulates the current operations overseas.

Inside what was once an aircraft hangar, soldiers conduct patrols and protection escorts in the midst of role players who provide all the realism of inhabitants and insurgents. As participants plan, rehearse and put their plan into action, they are under the watchful eye of skilled and experienced evaluators who provide on-the-spot critiques of what went well and what could have been done better.

"Facilities like this one increase soldiers' confidence ... in their leaders, their equipment and their tactics," said General Hillier, the Chief of the Defence Staff, in a recent video about 32 CBG's new training facility. Once soldiers are confident in the Urban Operations Training Centre, they are more prepared for the larger exercises such as Exercise Valiant Guardian 2007 to be held in Wainwright, Alberta, this August.

For a video on the urban operations training centre follow this link:

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