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January 24, 2016 17:21 ET

Oshawa Soldiers Practice Winter Warfare

The Ontario Regiment takes part in Exercise ARCTIC LYNX

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 24, 2015) - National Defence

Approximately 50 members of The Ontario Regiment from Oshawa and across the Durham Region took part in Exercise ARCTIC LYNX which took place at 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford from January 22 to 24. This exercise gave soldiers from Oshawa and Durham Region the opportunity practice warfare and soldier skills in harsh and winter conditions. The exercise consisted of a force on force scenario where one force scouted, planned their assault, and conducted an attack on a separate, independent element. This exercise is also a preparation for larger winter exercises such as Exercise TRILLIUM RESPONSE in Northern Ontario later this year.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 50 soldiers from The Ontario Regiment took part in Exercise ARCTIC LYNX.
  • The Ontario Regiment is an armoured reconnaissance regiment located in Oshawa. The Regiment is part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, a Primary Reserve formation of the Canadian Army.
  • The exercise took place at 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford, January 22-24, 2016.
  • The Ontario Regiment will also be celebrating its 150th anniversary this year on September 14.
  • Members of The Ontario Regiment are citizen soldiers from Oshawa and across the Durham Region.
  • Many soldiers in the regiment are teachers, students, or are part of emergency services in their communities.

"As an armoured reconnaissance regiment we are as well versed in close reconnaissance [on foot] as we are about our vehicle platforms. Armoured reconnaissance is not vehicle-bound. We are often out of our vehicles as much as we are in them."

"Our soldiers are part of communities in the region and are proud of our regiment's 150 years of tradition. Other regiments are close with their regions, but we seem to be particularly close with ours."

- Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Rostek, Commanding Officer, The Ontario Regiment

"We live in a country with winter. We need to know how to live and fight in it."

"I joined to deploy [on operation overseas]. I did that and I have continued because [the reserves] play an important role."

- Corporal Nathan Blake, The Ontario Regiment

Associated Links

Official Webpage - The Ontario Regiment

Flickr Photo Album - Exercise ARCTIC LYNX

33 Canadian Brigade Group Facebook Page

The Ontario Regiment, Regimental Museum

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