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CAF Reservists Train for Northern Scenarios in ‘Arctic Bison’ Exercise

February 24, 2019 1:31 PM | News

Canadian Armed Forces

Members of 38 Canadian Brigade Group’s Arctic Response Company Group evacuate their notional cold weather casualty during Exercise ARCTIC BISON 2019 at Silver City, Yukon Territories on Feb 21, 2019. (CPL. MIGUEL MOLDEZ, 38 CANADIAN BRIGADE GROUP)

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have returned after completing a winter training exercise in the Yukon to prepare them for deployment to Canada’s Northern and Arctic regions.

Approximately 75 Canadian Army Reservists from 38 Canadian Brigade Group, 3rd Canadian Division, conducted Exercise Arctic Bison 2019 earlier this week.

The training scenario had soldiers responding to a fictional incident to establish a secure route between Killarny Research Station and an aircraft crash site. The route took soldiers across 110 kilometres in challenging mountainous terrain to an aircraft crash site approximately 40 kilometres north of Haines Junction.

As part of this task, the Arctic Response Company Group built an austere landing strip intended to establish a resupply system supported by 440 Transport Squadron’s CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft.

38 CBG, being one of the primary force generation organizations for land-based domestic operations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario, must be able to provide a relevant, responsive, and effective task-tailored force to respond to any request for assistance by various federal, provincial, and municipal government organizations

“38 Canadian Brigade Group’s Arctic Response Company Group proved to be very proficient in operating in an austere cold weather environment,” said Lt.-Col. Dennis Desrochers, in a release.

“Soldiers, with support from 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, accomplished all tasks in an effective and safe manner. I think Canadians can be confident in our soldiers’ ability to deploy in extreme conditions when they are called upon to support domestic operations or to respond to a Northern incident.”