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February 29, 2016 17:13 ET

Sault Ste. Marie Soldiers Conduct Winter Training

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 29, 2016) - Canadian Armed Forces

23 members of 49th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, from Sault Ste. Marie took part in Exercise FROZEN PATRIOT near Whitman Dam Road this weekend, February 26-28. The aim of the exercise was to teach basic winter soldiers skills such as using arctic tents, establishing snow defences and winter survival.

For many of the newly trained members of the regiment this is their first year training in winter conditions. Members of the 49th Field Regiment train throughout the year to be able to function in any weather conditions. Winter soldier skills are particularly important in case army reservists are needed to respond to an emergency domestic situation such as snow or ice storms.


"Artillery has to operate in all environments. We don't have the opportunity to establish gun positions in winter often. All the drills are the same, but it is more challenging to use and maintain the equipment."

Major Brian Nadon, Battery Commander, 49th Field Regiment

"The soldiers, after this exercise, will have completed all their Basic Winter Warfare requirement and, at the request of the soldiers, we included the mortars to add an element of artillery training."

"After 26 years I still come out to exercises like this because I enjoy passing on the skills I have learned to our new soldiers. It also keeps me active and young."

Captain Mark Grbich, Forward Observation Officer, 49th Field Regiment

"The biggest challenge of this exercise was adapting to the extra weight of winter kit. I learned a lot, though, about how to stay warm by adjusting my personal equipment."

Gunner Adam Marcil on his first winter exercise. Attends Superior Heights High School, Sault Ste. Marie., 49th Field Regiment

Quick Facts

49th Filed Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, is an army reserve regiment based in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. Its members work part time while maintaining civilian careers, or pursuing their studies.

49th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery is part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, an Army Reserve formation consisting of 16 regiments across Eastern and Northern Ontario.

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