Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

December 04, 2007 10:24 ET

Media Advisory: Land Force Central Area-Dept of National Defence-Media Invited to Attend Exercise Southern Bear

CFB PETAWAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) - Media are invited to cover Exercise Southern Bear, a massive 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade group exercise taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas designed to prepare soldiers for deployment to Afghanistan in 2008.

Media are invited to the exercise from February 21st to the 26th, 2008.

The exercise will involve roughly 3,300 soldiers, with the overwhelming majority based in Ontario at CFB Petawawa.

Media will be able to capture the visible likeness of Southern Texas to Kandahar Province while observing Canadian soldiers conduct various training exercises specifically designed to prepare them for deployment next summer.

Involved in the exercise will be members of the Canadian Battle Group, Provincial Reconstruction Team, Observer Mentor Liaison Team, National Support Element and the Headquarters for Joint Task Force Afghanistan Rotation 5.

Media attending will need to secure transportation to the American base at Fort Bliss, located just outside El Paso, Texas.

Note to the editors:

Due to space constraints, this visit is open to 12 media positions, including reporters and camera operators. As this is an international media visit, interested media should RSVP as soon as possible in order to commence paperwork required for a cross border military exercise.

Contact Information

  • Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence
    Lieutenant Andrew Hennessy
    2 CMBG Public Affairs Officer
    (613) 687-5511 extension 6351