A ceremony on Saturday marked a new Queen’s Colour for the Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) in Shilo, Manitoba.
The last Queen’s Colour of the 2 PPCLI was received and consecrated in 1991.
The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum at CFB Shilo has added a rare artillery piece from the First World War.
The museum has acquired a QF 13-pounder gun in its original condition after a donation by Seymour Schulich of Toronto.
The exercise is part of ongoing training and will involve dropping illumination flares as well as smoke markers for the purpose of targets on the ground or in the water.
“These illumination flares aid the crews in searching at nighttime and identifying places where they can safely drop lifesaving equipment or deploy search and rescue technicians (SAR Techs) to help persons in need,” 17 Wing Winnipeg said in a release.
A spokesperson also says those in the area can expect to hear the sound of the Hercules aircraft flying overhead as well as the “popping” of the flares when they are ignited.
A new pilot project will provide support to medically-releasing Canadian Armed Forces members and their families from six months pre-release to two years post-release.
The four-year national program will launch later today at CFB Shilo east of Brandon.
“The Veteran Family Program is an important and valuable initiative that draws much needed attention to the enormous effect on those who are medically releasing,” said Willemien Van Lankvelt, executive director of the Shilo Military Family Resource Centre.
Before you freak out, Manitoba isn’t being invaded by UFOs.
Search and rescue crews from 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron will be conducting exercises near CFB Shilo this week.
The training involves the dropping of illumination flares and practicing all aspects of night search and rescue operations.
The night exercises will be carried out today until Friday above the Shilo range, located southeast of CFB Shilo west of Highway 238.
The squadron operates out of 17 Wing Winnipeg and is responsible for search and rescue calls 24/7.
By The Canadian Press
SHILO, Man. – A Manitoba-based soldier who served in Afghanistan has died.
Media reports say the body of Sgt. Jesse Tait, who was 34, was recovered from a river near Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tait was a member of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
A spokeswoman for Canadian Forces Base Shilo near Brandon, Man., confirmed Tait’s death but declined to provide any details.
Tait joined the military in January 2002 and served in Bosnia in 2003 and in Afghanistan in 2008.
CFB Shilo will host the the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil for public viewing in September.
“The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil remembers and honours those who have fallen in Afghanistan,” according to the Government of Canada’s website. “It also acknowledges the bravery, dedication, valour and professionalism of all members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan and supported the mission.
The vigil includes 190 memorial plaques representing 161 fallen Canadians and 40 Americans who had been under Canadian military command in Afghanistan.
A Shilo-based soldier has been charged with sexual assault and other offences.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) announced Thursday that master warrant officer Douglas Pettie, 49, of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo has been charged with sexual assault, assault and conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline under the National Defence Act.
The last group of soldiers part of Operation Attention in Afghanistan will return home to CFB Shilo today.
About 12 soldiers will return from their tour of duty to family and friends at 3:30 p.m.
The nine-month mission in Kabul completes Canada’s commitment to training and mentoring Afghan National Security Forces.
Other groups of soldiers part of the same mission have been returning in stages over the past year.
Ten military members with CFB Shilo were injured after two trucks collided on Wednesday evening in a training area.
Nine of the members with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) were sent to hospital after the crash, which occurred on a gravel road during a military training exercise.