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June 17, 2015 17:00 ET

Ontario Soldiers Complete International Training in South Dakota

Soldiers of 33 Canadian Brigade Group Finish Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE in South Dakota and Wyoming

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA--(Marketwired - June 17, 2015) - Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 75 members of 33 Canadian Brigade Group completed Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE 2015 today following 11 days of operations around South Dakota and Wyoming. 33 Canadian Brigade Group, a formation of Army Reserve regiments across Eastern and Northern Ontario, provided a headquarters to manage real world construction and humanitarian projects. Local residents receive numerous benefits from several engineering projects during the exercise. Units transport timber to Native American communities that use it as firewood, construct buildings, repair and upgrade bridges, identify hazardous wilderness areas and make them safe for public use, and resurface local roadways that have fallen into disrepair.

Members of the brigade arrived in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 1 and began preparing a Forward Operating Base (FOB) which housed approximately 400 soldiers from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Denmark from June 7 to 17.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 75 Canadian Armed Forces members from Canadian Army Reserve and Regular Force units based across Ontario, participated in Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE 2015, along with approximately 3,000 soldiers from the United States National Guard, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.
  • Soldiers conduct combat support and combat service support to missions in a realistic training environment and provide valuable services to the public.
  • This is the 31st annual Golden Coyote Exercise.
  • 33 Canadian Brigade Group is an Army formation made up of 16 reserve regiments in Eastern and Northern Ontario from Oshawa to Sault Ste Marie.


"For us as a headquarters, this exercise was an opportunity to put our skills to practical use and as a brigade we have the opportunity to work with and learn from our allies. The skills and experience we develop here will be useful if we need to deploy on a domestic operation."

Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn McKinstry

Commanding Officer, 33 Territorial Battalion Group

"Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE provided the opportunity to work with officers and soldiers from Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and America to help the people of South Dakota and Wyoming. This exercise is unique in that Canadian reservists had direct command of over 700 international soldiers on a complex exercise in the United States of America."

Major Matthew Baxter

33 Territorial Battalion Group, Deputy Commander.

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  • Captain Scott Atchsion
    33 Canadian Brigade Group

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